New York

Here Are This Year’s NYC Marathon Winners & How to Run Next Year’s Race

The 2023 NYC Marathon is just around the corner.

Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock
Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock
Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock

The New York City Marathon, which saw more than 50,000 people running through the 26.2-mile route, took over the Big Apple’s five boroughs yesterday.

This year, Kenyan racers swept the field. Evans Chebet and Sharon Lokedi won the race respectively in the men’s and women’s categories, both representing the East African country.

Chebet recently won the Boston Marathon as well, and yesterday’s endeavor made him the first man since 2011 to win both events in the same year. According to unofficial times, the 33-year-old crossed the finish line in 2:08:41.

Competing in the women’s race, 28-year-old Lokedi closed her marathon with an unofficial time of 2:23:23.

How to qualify and register for the 2023 New York Marathon

If seeing thousands of runners making their way through NYC inspired you to try your hand at it, here’s everything you need to know on how to qualify and register for next year’s marathon.

The easiest way is to, quite literally, try your luck. Every year, wannabe-marathoners can enter the race’s drawing, which will select a few lucky winners. The chances of being selected, though, aren’t the highest. According to The New York Times, for this year’s race, only 12% of 84,000 entries were selected. If you do end up being among the lucky few, you’ll need to pay a $295 entry fee to run your race. You can enter the lottery here between February 8, 2023 and February 22, 2023.

Another option is to run for a good cause. By pledging an agreed-upon sum of money, participants can decide to run with charity teams. One of the options is to run the race with New York Road Runners’ Team for Kids, where you’ll have to raise at least $2,620 for Team for Kids in order to be able to register. Alternatively, you can choose from an official list of charities (which has yet to be announced for 2023), and-depending on the charity of your choice-you’ll be asked to raise different amounts of money, starting at $3,000, $4,000 or $5,000.

International runners looking to participate in the race can turn to international tour operators. By choosing this option, participants can book a marathon package that includes race entry as well as the necessary travel purchases, including flights and hotel stay.

Seasoned runners can count on their experience to participate in the marathon. With some exceptions, all those who have run the marathon 15 times before are eligible for guaranteed entry in future editions of the race. If you’re a fast runner, that can come in handy as well. While the New York Marathon doesn’t require specific times in a previous race to run, meeting qualifying times in 2022 races can help you bypass the lottery system and grant you a spot on next year’s runners list. You can check out qualifying times and rules here.

Finally, if you were supposed to run this year’s marathon and somehow couldn’t make it, you can try again next year. All runners who withdrew from the 2022 race by following the official cancellation guidelines are eligible for guaranteed entry in 2023. Careful, though, as this will only work once. If you withdrew this year, you won’t be able to postpone the race again next year.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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