Run the 2020
TCS New York City Marathon
with Canada’s largest group!
The TCS New York City Marathon is one of the most sought-after marathons on the planet and especially now for the 50th Anniversary of this historic event!
Since 2004, Dream Travel, a Canadian business, has been offering guaranteed entry packages to this prestigious event as an official International Tour Operator of the New York Road Runners.
Line up on Sunday, November 1st, 2020 with more than 50,000 runners from 100+ countries and make this dream into a reality! Run all 5 boroughs of New York while more than 2 million spectators cheer you on!
Dream Travel is on site the entire weekend to assist you and make your trip as exciting and stress-free as possible! And, we’re proud to say that we’ve run this marathon many times so we are extremely knowledgeable about the course and the city!
Where: New York, NY, United States
Date: Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Time: 9:40 am – 11am staggered start
Race Expo & Race Kit Pickup:
Thursday October 29th from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday October 30th from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday October 31st from 9:00 – 5:00 pm
* Times may change without notice.
*All runners MUST attend the expo in person in order to obtain your bib. No one may pick up on your behalf.
Jacob Javits Convention Center
11th Avenue at 35th Street
$500 TCS New York City Marathon Runner Package
$200 Non-Runner Deposit*
*Deposits are applied towards the package amounts. We collect non-runners deposits to help offset the cost of holding rooms in Manhattan for a year.
Step 1 – Meet requirements (see “Who May Purchase” below)
Step 2 – Determine which package best suits your needs
Step 3 – Make a deposit on the Running Room website
Step 4 – Receive follow up information from Dream Travel
Step 5 – Make your final payment
Step 6 – Get training! You’re running the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon!
Who May Purchase?
Anyone NOT living in the US who will be 18 or older on Sunday, November 1st, 2020 may purchase one of our guaranteed entry packages.
An initial deposit of USD500 per runner and USD200 per non-runner plus the Running Room processing fee will be charged upon registration using the Running Room’s online registration form. The balance of your package must be paid no later than July 1st, 2020.
Deposits are non-refundable so we highly recommend travel insurance.
We Will Sell Out
Each year we sell out months in advance, typically in March or April. For the 2019 marathon, however, we initially sold out in February and we started selling 2020 in December of 2018! That said, we highly recommend that you register early to avoid disappointment!
Why Rates are in US Dollars
As you are traveling to the US for this package and both the hotels and the NYRR charge in US Dollars, we charge the same to avoid having to build in an exchange buffer due to the constantly changing CAD vs USD. This ends up saving you money!
You may pay using a Canadian credit card, a US currency card or PayPal.
How Much is a Guaranteed Entry
It is a common misconception that a guaranteed entry fee is between US350 and US400, however, this is the estimated rate for those who win the lottery. The actual fee for a guaranteed entry is substantially higher but under contract with the NYRR, we are not permitted to indicate the exact amount.
Don’t Wait for the Lottery Results!
Only an extremely small percentage of people will win the NYC Marathon Lottery. If you wait to see if you won before purchasing one of our packages, then we will have already sold out. Instead of waiting, if you purchase one of our Runner’s Packages and then win the lottery in the same year then you may apply your deposit towards a hotel package! This way you are guaranteed to run and you won’t pay twice!
We will provide guaranteed entry only as part of a complete package which, at a minimum, must include 3 nights hotel. We can provide you with airfare options as well if you wish. No Tour Operators are permitted to sell entry only.
What’s Included in Your “Runner’s” Package
- Guaranteed entry into the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon
- 3 nights hotel of your choice
- TCS New York City Marathon Goody Bag including official program, souvenir shirt, snacks and special offers
- Official Participant Handbook
- Start festival: warm-ups, breakfast, entertainment and religious services
- Finisher materials: medal, food and beverages, heat sheet
- Family reunion area where marathoners and their family and friends reunite
- Official finisher certificate
- Transportation to the Staten Island on race day morning for runners from Bryant Park or the Whitehall Ferry Terminal.
- Stephen Price’s Book: No More Excuses
- Website loaded with information, inspiration and tips – nyrr.org
Why do Non-Runners Need to Register
NY State law requires that hotels list the names of all guests staying in the hotel. As well, there are additional taxes and fees charged by the hotels for additional person(s) in the room. As well, in an effort to offset our costs of holding hotel rooms in Manhattan for a full year, we collect a deposit that will be placed towards your package amount.
Looking for a Roommate?
If you are looking to save some money and have Dream Travel try and find you a same-sex roommate, please indicate this at the time of registration. Although this is not a guaranteed service, we tend to find roommates for everyone who lets us know prior to February 1st, and, the sooner you register the better your chances.
After You Apply
After you apply Dream Travel will contact you to complete your registration process via the email address you provided. You must ensure that your email address is correct and you are responsible for monitoring it closely as Dream Travel will contact with everyone via email.
Each year we have many people cancel due to unforeseen circumstances who did not purchase our travel insurance meaning they end up losing their package amount. Under no circumstances does the NYRR permit postponing your marathon if you need to cancel so protect yourself and your money by purchasing our Group Insurance through ManuLife.
With our insurance you will be able to cancel for insurable reasons as well as running injuries while training! We offer various insurance packages including Cancellation, Interruption, Medical and Baggage. For full details on coverage, please click here: Manulife Financial.
Please note that the insurance coverage that you may have on your credit card will not cover you completely! We are unable to process insurance for those living in Quebec – please contact your local travel agency for coverage.
Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K
Add the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K to your package or register your family and/or friends for this exciting fun run that starts at the UN Building and finishes at the iconic TCS New York City Marathon Finish Line in Central Park. This race takes place on Saturday Oct 31 and is open to anyone but we only have 50 entries and they will sell out!
Not Included with your Package
Travel insurance, airfare, meals and items of a personal nature are not included in your package.
No Fee Flight Booking
Anyone who purchases a package from Dream Travel for the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon can contact Travel Best Bets to have their flights booked with no booking fee and the guaranteed lowest possible price. Contact Yumi at [email protected] or 1 877 523 7823 ext 122
Neither the NYRR nor the hotels in Manhattan will accept late payments from Dream Travel under any circumstance. That said, we must have your final payment in by the deadline, else we have to charge the following late fees:
-$50 for those that make their final payment between July 2 and July 12, 2020
-$100 for those that make their final payment between July 12 and July 31, 2020
Those that do not pay by July 31, 2020 may lose their package and deposit.
HOLIDAY INN FINANCIAL DISTRICT
Address: 99 Washington Street
Phone: +1 800 315 2621
Click here for the website
Welcome to the world’s tallest Holiday Inn!
Discover elegant luxury and beautiful city views when you stay at the Holiday Inn ® Manhattan – Financial District.
Centered in the heart of New York City, our hotel is located in the Manhattan Financial District near the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Lower Manhattan. Business travelers and guests will enjoy quick convenience to the Wall Street and New York Stock Exchange and tourist attractions like the Statue of Liberty and Battery Park.
Our Manhattan hotel features 50 floors and 492 rooms. Relax in “The City that Never Sleeps” in our magnificently appointed guest rooms, with luxurious bedding, an in-room coffeemaker and flat-screen TV. Guests can also utilize our state-of-the-art Business Center and your very own in-room desk and high-speed Wi-Fi.
HILTON GARDEN INN TIMES SQUARE CENTRAL
Hilton Garden Inn New York/Times Square Central is a newly built, contemporary hotel which debuted on famous 42nd Street in September 2014. This 36-story hotel is perfectly situated on 42nd St. between Broadway and 6th Avenue, steps from the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and surrounded by Broadway theaters, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The hotel is walking distance to Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Madison Square Garden, Madame Tussaud’s, Restaurant Row, Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station, Grand Central Station, major public transportation (bus and subway) and Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Hilton Garden Inn New York/Times Square Central offers 282 guest rooms plus amenities including Paul’s On Times Square Restaurant, lobby bar, evening room service and 24-hour Pavilion Pantry®. The hotel provides an abundance of amenities to enhance your stay, including a complimentary business center, fitness center, morning coffee/tea and WiFi.
FAIRFIELD INN CENTRAL PARK by Marriott
Address: 538 W 58th St
Phone: +1 212-757-8550
Click here for the website
The free Wi-Fi and morning buffet, 24-hour gym and work facilities and a superb Big Apple locale steps from Columbus Circle star at the non-smoking Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Manhattan/Central Park. The Fairfield Inn soars at 18 stories and furnishes 226 non-smoking rooms, iPod docks plus mini-fridges and coffeemakers.
Before heading out for a day of fun, fuel up at the complimentary breakfast buffet. There’s also a small market on hand as well as a bar. For night owls and early birds, the 24-hour fitness and business facilities come in handy. The Fairfield Inn’s Manhattan location is two blocks from both Central Park and the shops and restaurants of Columbus Circle.
THE OMNI BERKSHIRE PLACE
Address: 21 E 52nd St
Phone: +1 212-753-5800
Click here for the website
Welcome to your New York residence. Conveniently located on 52nd Street between Madison and 5th Avenue in the heart of Manhattan, we provide you the power to choose when and how you access all that New York has to offer. Just beyond the front doors are headquarters of Fortune 500 companies, 5th Avenue and the best shopping, theater and historical attractions in the city. Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and the greatest musical theater anywhere in the world aren’t just a cab ride away — they’re mere steps away.
USD Package Pricing
Prices are in USD to save you money. Packages are based on a three night hotel stay. Additional nights may be purchased either before and/or after the weekend.
3 NIGHT PACKAGES
GUARANTEED ENTRY, HOTEL, RACE DAY TRANSPORT
GUARANTEED ENTRY, HOTEL, RACE DAY TRANSPORT
* All prices are in USD. We are not permitted to sell entry only. Race day transport will be from either Bryant Park via bus or the Whitehall Ferry Terminal via ferry. Runners will need to get to either of these pick up points to take the included transportation.
Thursday Oct 29
- Recommended day to fly to NYC
- Check in, get to the Expo or do some sightseeing
Friday Oct 30
- Get to the Expo if you haven’t already for 5K bib pickup (if applicable) and marathon bib pickup
- 4PM Parade of Nations in Central Park
- Dream Travel group Meet and Greet 7-9PM
- New York City Marathon Fireworks
Saturday Oct 31
- 8:00AM Dream Travel Group Gathering for those who purchased the 5K Dash
- 8:45AM Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and Ceremony
- Last chance to get to the expo to pick up your bib or purchase items
- Rest up!
Sunday Nov 1
- Marathon Day!
Monday Nov 2
- Marathon Monday at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion
Just steps from the finish line—is a special day for marathoners, friends, family, and fans! Come to Marathon Monday to celebrate your accomplishment, jump start your recovery, shop for New Balance gear, mingle, and relive the memories.
*Times will be listed and/or updated
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you book my flights for me?
Anyone who purchases one of our packages for the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon can contact Yumi at Travel Best Bets 1 877 523 7823 ext 122 or [email protected] to have their flights booked with no booking fee.
May I fundraise for this event and travel for free?
You absolutely can although it’s not required. We work with both Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and the MS Society of Canada. Contact us for more information on how you can run this event for free!
How much do I need to fundraise?
If you choose to fundraise for your package, you will need to fundraise roughly three times the cost of your package to meet Canadian law.
When do I have to have my fundraising completed by?
As we understand that it takes time to fundraise, the deadline to raise the full amount won’t be until October 15, 2020.
What are the minimum three nights we have to stay?
You may stay any three nights although the majority of the group will stay Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in order to get to the expo and so that you won’t have to check out prior to running the marathon.
Can I stay at a different hotel?
We have contracts with the hotels listed on our website therefore we are unable to offer different properties.
Are these prices in CAD or USD?
Are there transfers from the airport to the hotel?
Although transfers are not included, transportation from any of the four airports servicing NYC is as little as $23USD per person per direction for shuttle service
Do you have triple and quadruple rates?
We do, please inquire with Dream Travel for exact rates based on your needs.
What’s the weather like?
Average November temperatures in NYC float around +12 degrees Celsius. However, it is not uncommon to be freezing in the mornings and as high as +20 during the days. However, due to the lack of sunlight in Manhattan (because of the tall buildings) expect cooler weather.
I’m traveling solo – can you assist me with finding a roommate to save money?
Dream Travel will assist you in finding a same-sex roommate but we can’t guarantee that we can find you someone. That said, typically anyone who registers prior to July is matched up and the earlier you register the better the odds.
I see transportation is included to the start line on race day morning. What are my choices?
Transportation will be provided from Bryant Park (via bus) and from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal (via ferry) and runners will be given specific and individual departure time choices based on the estimated marathon completion time that they enter during official race registration via the NYRR.
Is there shelter available around the start area?
There are open tents that will keep the rain off, however wind will still blow through. Therefore we highly suggest wearing old warm clothing over your running gear, to Staten Island, which you can discard before the start of the race. Volunteers will pick up discarded clothing and distribute it among New York’s homeless population