Running is supposed to be an inexpensive sports. All you need is some set of clothes and a pair of sneakers, right? Not so if you figure in all the races you register to run in. If you live in Metro NYC and participate with the running community long enough, you may already know about NYCRuns' volunteer program, from which you earn credits for their races. Relatively new is NYRR's volunteer program with their OpenRun. Every ten times volunteering for OpenRun gets you into one of the lesser highly-demanded races for free. I have to stress the OpenRun part because volunteering at NYRR regular races do not get you any free races. At most you get guaranteed entry into one of their highly-desired races but you still have to pay.
One other way to kinda get free races is through the Prospect Park Track Club's Run Brooklyn program. There are a few conditions to be met, like being a paying member of the club and running only Brooklyn races, but if you are the lucky person chosen for one of the money prize, it's worth a try. Read more at
I just updated the big list this evening. If there are any Brooklyn races you know about but is not listed, please let me know.