If you want to try to get guaranteed entry into the 2012 NYC Marathon (November 4, 2012) without fundraising, you have until April 23 to apply through the lottery. I've already applied but I'm not counting on getting in. That's ok because I'm going to run it in 2013!
You can run in 2013 with me! Join NYRR by January 31, run 9 NYRR races in 2012, and volunteer at one race (or donate $1k). As I mentioned in my 2012 goals, I intend to go this route. You don't even have to run long races! You can run nine 5k races to qualify!
If you're in the NYC area and getting to 10 races in 2012 wouldn't be a burden then join NYRR and qualify to run the 2013 NYC marathon with me. I've already enlisted Alek and Rebecca. You too can follow the path to greatness!