2 Utah men sue NYC Marathon over lottery that picks runners

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NEW YORK — Two Utah men are suing organizers of the New York City Marathon over the lottery system used to pick runners.

They say the organization violates state law by conducting the lottery and are looking for damages of more than $10 million. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Charles Konopa and Matthew Clark in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday.

Many more people want to run in the annual marathon than there are spots. The New York Road Runners conducts a lottery to determine who gets an entry.

The suit says the organization is running a chance-based lottery and that state law says only the state can do so.

A spokesman for the organizers says the entry process is compliant with the law.