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2 Utah men sue NYC Marathon over lottery system that picks runners

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Runners run through Central Park during the TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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 New York Road Runners club 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 club conducts a lottery to determine who gets an entry.

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

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

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