Thursday January 21st, 2016

The New York Road Runners, the race organizers for the New York City Marathon, have been sued by two runners who claim the use of a lottery to decide which runners get to race the world's largest marathon is illegal, according to Reuters.

Utah residents Charles Konopa and Matthew Clark filed their complaint in a U.S. district court on Thursday.

Runners who wish to participate in the New York City Marathon lottery drawing pay an $11 nonrefundable fee. The plaintiffs seek $10.56 million in damages, which is twice the estimated amount collected from marathon hopefuls from 2010 to 2015. Konopa and Clark hope a judge applies an injunction against future lotteries until the Road Runners meet state gaming laws.

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Konopa and Clark previously entered the lottery and did not win.

NYRR did not respond to Reuters' request for a comment on the lawsuit.

50,235 runners from 125 countries finished last year's New York City Marathon.

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