Marathon Lottery


Our 2019 Marathon Participant Lottery Draw will place on Wednesday, November 7th at RCTV 557 Main St., Reading. If you meet the eligibility requirements and intend to enter the draw, be sure to email Alan Foulds at  Please do not rely on text, chatting, or facebook messages. You must send Alan an email by midnight, Sunday, November 4th.

By the way, Lottery night is a great opportunity to socialize with fellow Mystics, whether or not you intend to enter your name.  It's also pot luck so bring a treat to share. 

The lottery will begin promptly at 8:30 p. m.

How It Works

As in the past, the number of lottery entries per person is determined throughout the year, based on participation in certain races and volunteerism.

Lottery Guidelines/Point System

New Criteria for the 2018 Drawing of numbers for the 2019 Boston Marathon.

The club receives a quantity of official Boston Marathon entries from the Boston Athletic Association.  Recipients will be chosen via a weighted lottery as described below.  Official runners and alternates will be known when confirmation from the B.A.A is received.

To be eligible for a marathon number a candidate must meet the following criteria:
  • The lottery participant must be a member in good standing.
  • The lottery participant must have tenure of one year in the club. (you must have joined the Mystics on or before October 31, 2017 to be eligible for the 2018 drawing for the 2019 marathon)
  • Those chosen must complete a 13-mile or longer race (or equivalent run with another Mystic runner) by January 1st.
  • Numbers are non-transferable and must be used by the recipient.  If the recipient is unable to participate in the marathon or does not require a club-issued number, s/he must return it immediately to the Board Of Directors so that it can be assigned to the next alternate.
  • Members who are running with a club waiver are required to run in Mystic Club Gear.
  • Any member reciving and using a club marathon number from the previous year's drawing is not eligible for this year's drawing.
  • All members meeting the above criteria who want to participate in the drawing will receive one lottery entry.

Members will receive extra lottery entries by:


  • One point for each Wednesday night Quannapowitt run (up to 10 points)
  • One point for each Track/coached workout (up to 10 points)
  • One point for each Grand Prix race (Max. one point per month)
  • Served on the Board of Directors - 5 points;
  •          Officers (Pres., VP, Sec. Treas. receive an additional 2 points)
  • Managed the Website - 5 points
  • Served as Race Director of the annual club race(AKA Mystic Classic) - 10 points
  • Served as Race Director of the Lake Q  Weekly 5K - 10 points
  • Served as Club Coach - 10 Points
  • Produced the Club Video - 10 Points
  • Edited  NewSprint - 10 points
  • Worked the Lake Q Weekly 5K run (1 point for each night, up to a maximum of 20 points)
  • Worked the Weekly Track workout  (1 point for each night, up to a maximum of 20 points)
  • Managed the clothing inventory/sales - 5 Points
  • Chaired a committee established by the board of directors - 5 points
  • Served on a committee established by the board of directors - 3 points

  • Volunteered at races, such as the Run to Remember and Eastern States, at which the club is reimbursed, as well as BAA races and related events ( 10K, Half Marathon, and the Boston Marathon)           - 3 Points per role.

  • For those choosing not to enter the Marathon Lottery, the board of directors will offer an alternative prize.