Qualification

GFNY is open to everyone

GFNY is open to all fitness levels and to any athlete over age of 16. To register, go to gfny.cc/user/register or go to the race’s website and register there. You do not need to qualify to take part in GFNY. 
 
GFNY is a running marathon and half marathon. Some runners will compete for the podium, others will do their best to beat the cut-off. GFNY is about doing your best. You make the event what you want it to be. But it is meant to be a personal challenge. 
 
Athletes can choose between two distances: full marathon and half marathon. All finishers are ranked overall and in their age group.

Registration

If you are qualified and registered, you are all set and don’t have to do anything. You will be automatically seeded in the Qualifier Corral at any GFNY that you are registered for. Note the registration deadline for Qualifier Corral seeding is 21 days before the race date.

Qualification

Qualifier status earns you a start in the Qualifier Corral at every GFNY Marathon race. 
 
Qualification is based on placement in your age group. Age group results are based on chip time. Overall rankings are based on gun time and an athlete who has a faster gun time may see qualifiers who were slower by gun time, but they had faster chip times.
 
To check your Qualification Status, please visit your GFNY.cc account.

Qualification calculation

Top 3 overall (m/f)
Top 10% of finishers in each age group
Top 20% of finishers in each age group at Regional Championships and World Championship
Minimum of 1 qualifier per age group
Rounding up .5 and over: if there were 15 finishers and top 10% of finisher qualify, top 2 finishers in the age group earn Qualifier status.

Qualification status is calculated from Final results. Qualification is not calculated based on Preliminary results. Final results are usually ready 1-2 weeks after a race, although larger events may need 2 weeks or longer to issue final results. Stay tuned for communication from your race via email or social announcing that Qualifications have been calculated.

Qualification duration

Your Qualification is valid for 380 days and you can track the qualification period in your gfny.cc account. If you do a race during your Qualification period and don’t qualify at that race, don’t worry - your Qualification status remains valid, until 380 days from the date you earned the Qualification. If you re-qualify during an existing qualification period, your qualification date is extended to 380 days from that latest qualification date.

One-time qualification option

If you have never raced GFNY before, you can submit your results to request a Qualifier Corral Start. 
 
Athletes must meet certain criteria to be eligible to submit past results: 1. Professional Runners or Sub Elite Runners 2. are actively racing in that category. Please send race results from this or last year to the GFNY you plan to race in for consideration.
 
If awarded, you will have a One-time Qualification, to start in the Qualifier Corral at your next GFNY.

GFNY reserves the right to limit the front corral to direct GFNY qualifiers if there are space constraints.

Start Corrals

Race numbers are assigned by ticket type, qualification status, age group and distance. You can start with your friends if they are allocated to the same start corral as you. If they are in a different start corral, you can move back to start with them, but they cannot move forward to join you. “Jumping” forward a corral (starting in a corral not assigned to your number) will result in 10-minute penalty added to your finish time.

Race corral set-up may vary between GFNY races. Make sure you check the races website for more information. 

GFNY Marathon Championship Races

The GFNY Marathon Championship Races will start in 2022.

If you finish a GFNY Regional Championship or the GFNY World Championship in the top 20% of your age group, you will start in the Qualifier Corral at all GFNYs for the next 380 days.

Overall Champions (man and woman) of a GFNY Regional Championship win flights, hotel and entry to GFNY Marathon World Championship to compete for the GFNY Marathon World Championship crown.