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The plaintiffs seek $10.56 million in damages.

By SI Wire
January 21, 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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