Non-binary runners will be able to run in next year’s Boston Marathon without having to register as a member of the men’s or women’s divisions, race organizers announced Monday.
Organizers confirmed the change when registration opened on Monday for the 127th run of the marathon on April 17, 2023. A pitch of about 30,000 people is expected for the spring edition of the year. after the stratification race.
Non-binary runners can submit an application if they have completed the marathon as a non-binary participant during the current qualifying period, the BAA said. It says it is still working on establishing eligibility criteria for non-binary participants, but its online applications will include “non-binary” as a gender option .
Non-binary pro and 1,500-athlete Nikki Hiltz, who transitioned last year and nearly missed a spot on the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics, applauded. positive this move.
“There’s still a lot of work to do but I’m delighted that non-binary runners are being recognized by the Boston Marathon and BAA,” Hiltz tweeted.
Last year’s Philadelphia Marathon, a flagship event offering a half-marathon and a 5K race, became the first major race in the United States to establish a non-binary division and offer equal prize money. together.
The Brooklyn Marathon and Half Marathon take place in April. Eighty-two competitors registered as non-binary participants were among the finishers.