Non-binary athletes will be able to run in next year’s Boston Marathon without having to register as members of either the men’s or women’s divisions, it has been confirmed.
The Boston Athletic Association, which administers the prestigious marathon, said it is working to expand opportunities for non-binary people — not just for the marathon but for the BAA’s other races, including a 5K, a 10 km and a half marathon.
Organizers confirmed the change when registration opened Monday for the 127th edition of the marathon on April 17, 2023. A field of around 30,000 participants is expected for the edition of the legendary race next spring.
Non-binary athletes can submit applications if they have completed a marathon as non-binary participants during the current qualification window, the BAA said. They are still working to establish qualification standards for non-binary participants, but their online applications will include “non-binary” as a gender option.
“Discussions are ongoing with non-binary athletes to further promote inclusion at all BAA events,” the organization said, adding, “We see this first year as an opportunity to learn and grow together.”
Nikki Hiltz, the non-binary pro-miler and 1,500 runner who came out as transgender last year and narrowly missed out on a spot on the US team for the Tokyo Olympics, praised the move.
“There is still so much work to be done, but I am thrilled that non-binary runners are being recognized by the Boston Marathon and BAA,” Hiltz tweeted.
The Boston Marathon is the latest major marathon to begin adding non-binary divisions.
Last year’s Philadelphia Distance Run, a premier event featuring a half marathon and 5K, was the first major race in the United States to introduce a non-binary division and offer equal prize money.
The Brooklyn Marathon and Half Marathon followed in April. Among the finishers were 82 competitors who registered as non-binary competitors.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/athletics/boston-marathon-2023-entry-non-binary-b2166028.html The Boston Marathon includes a non-binary category for the 2023 race