Annually over 50,000 runners participate in the largest and most famous world marathon. It attracts both professionals and amateurs from many countries. It also gathers around two million spectators each year. The runners are supported by live bands and DJs.
Since the amount of the applications for participation is huge, it is mostly chosen by a lottery system. But you can get a guaranteed participation by making a donation to one of the official Charity Partners.
Besides the marathon itself, there're a lot of other events during the pre-marathon week, like the Parade of Nations and the Marathon Opening Ceremony in Central Park.