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Participant Information: Athletes With Disabilities

Registration procedure for the 2018 Boston Marathon regarding Athletes with Disabilities

Registration for Athletes with Disabilities for the 2018 Boston Marathon opened on Monday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Participants in the Push Rim Wheelchair, Visually Impaired, Mobility Impaired, Handcycle*, and Duo Team divisions/programs will use the same process to register as in recent years, allowing the fastest qualifiers to register first.

REGISTRATION

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The 2018 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 16, Patriots' Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for the 33rd consecutive year the event will be sponsored by John Hancock. Registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org.

The qualification window for the 2018 Boston Marathon began on Saturday, September 17, 2016, and will remain open until the conclusion of registration for next April's race.

To qualify for an AWD program or division for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards for their respective AWD division or program. The AWD qualifying standards for the 2018 Boston Marathon remain unchanged from recent years, and are listed in the link below.

To learn more about the 2018 Boston Marathon AWD Eligibility and Qualifying Standards, click below: 

 

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

  • On Monday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET, eligible athletes who have met the qualifying standard for their respective AWD division or program by 20 minutes or more may register.
     
  • On Wednesday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m. ET, if space remains, registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more.
     
  • If space remains, registration will open on Friday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m. ET for those who have met their qualifying standard by five minutes or more.
     
  • Week One registration will close on Saturday, October 21 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
     
  • If space remains after the first week of registration, then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Friday, October 27 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
     
  • Entry during the first two weeks of registration will not be first-come, first-served. The fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group among submissions will be granted entry as space allows.
     
  • If space remains after this initial period, then on Monday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards.
     
  • Registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis until January 31, 2018, or until the maximum field size for each respective AWD program is met. Even if space remains, the last day that an entry will be accepted is January 31, 2018. That is, even if an AWD field has not reached its maximum field size, no application will be accepted after January 31, 2018.

 

*HANDCYCLE REGISTRATION

  • Registrants in the handcycle program should follow the same registration process described above. Handcycle registrants must have achieved qualifying standards for their age and gender as defined in the Push Rim Wheelchair Division. Able-bodied participants may not participate in the handcycle program.
  • The handcycle field will include 30 entries reserved for members of the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. The remaining field will be comprised primarily of U.S. Veterans disabled in service and members of the One Fund Community.
  • The handcycle field will also include a limited number of up to six (6) randomly selected qualified entrants who do not meet these criteria. Random selection of these 6 athletes will occur on December 8, 2017. Selected and non-selected athletes will be notified accordingly.
  • In accordance with other AWD programs, the last day a handcycle entry will be accepted is January 31, 2018.

 

FIELD SIZES

For the 2018 Boston Marathon, due to space and safety constraints, field size limits have been established as follows:

  • Wheelchair Division: 70
  • Visually Impaired Division: 70
  • Handcycles: 60
  • Mobility Impaired Program: 60
  • Duo Teams: 8

Field size limits have been established with respect to the experience of all involved but, most of all, the safety of participants, spectators and volunteers. It is possible that not all divisions and programs will field their respective maximum number of participants.

 

For more information about the B.A.A.'s Athletes with Disabilities program at the Boston Marathon, click below:

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