Is A Race Entry a Contract?

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Originally published in Runner's World on November 6, 2012.

As do most races, the New York City Marathon has a stated policy that registrants are not due refunds, even in the event of cancellation. While runners wait to hear what the New York Road Runners will do regarding entry fees for this year's canceled marathon, some have wondered how a court of law would view the matter.

“Participation in a sporting event, or a race for example, is not considered to be a right or a privilege for which the law provides protection,” Fred Lipp, a business and sports attorney at Bernstein Shur in Portland, Maine, told Runner's World Newswire. “The analysis as related to the refunding of race entry fees is entirely a matter of contract law.”

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