2016 Boston Marathon Registration for Athletes with Disabilities

Contact Info:
T.K. Skenderian (Communications Director)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
e-mail:tk@baa.org
03 AUG 2015
Registration will open Monday, October 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

The Boston Athletic Association announced today registration procedures for the 2015 Boston Marathon regarding Athletes with Disabilities. The 120th Boston Marathon will be run on Monday, April 18, 2016, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Following registration for able-bodied runners - which begins on Monday, September 14, 2016 - athletes with disabilities will be able to register for the 2016 Boston Marathon. Registration for individuals who wish to participate in the 2016 Boston Marathon among the wheelchair division, visually-impaired division, and mobility impaired program (including Duo Teams) will open on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

For athletes with disabilities, registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon will occur on a "rolling admission" schedule similar to the registration process for able-bodied participants, beginning with the fastest from among those who meet the requirements.

On Monday, October 5, eligible participants who have met the standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more may register. On Wednesday, October 7 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 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET for those who have met their qualifying standard by five minutes or more. Registration will close on Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

If space remains after the first week of registration (Monday, October 5 through Saturday, October 10), then registration will re-open for all eligible athletes with disabilities from Monday, October 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Friday, October 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET. As during the first week of registration, entry during this period (October 12 - 16) will not be first-come, first-served, and the fastest from among those who are eligible and who have met the qualification requirements among these submissions will be given entry as space allows.

If space remains within the various programs and divisions after this initial period, then on Monday, October 19 at 10:00 a.m. registration will reopen to anyone who meets the qualifying standards. Registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum field size is reached.

Hand Cycle Program Registration

There will be a random selection component to the registration process for the Hand Cycle Program of the 2016 Boston Marathon. Individuals who use hand cycles in sport and have completed the marathon distance with a valid qualified performance may apply to this program. Men and women must meet the qualifying standards for their age and gender as posted for the Boston Marathon Wheelchair Division. Able-bodied individuals may not participate in the Hand Cycle Program. For those who wish to participate in the Hand Cycle program, registration will begin on Monday, October 19, at 10:00 a.m. ET, and remain open through Thursday, October 22, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Random Selection of six (6) applicants will be chosen to participate. The balance of the hand cycle field will be filled by disabled veterans and survivors from The One Fund Community. Those who are accepted through random selection and those not accepted will receive notification from the B.A.A. on Friday, October 23, via e-mail.

For the 2016 Boston Marathon, due to space and safety constraints, field size maximums have been set for Athletes with Disabilities as follows:

  • Wheelchair Division: 70
  • Visually Impaired Division: 70
  • Mobility Impaired Program: 50
  • Duo Teams: 6
  • Hand Cycle Program: 12

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

For qualifying information for Athletes with Disabilities, click below:

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2016 Boston Marathon Registration for Athletes with Disabilities

The Boston Athletic Association announced today registration procedures for the 2015 Boston Marathon regarding Athletes with Disabilities. The 120th Boston Marathon will be run on Monday, April 18, 2016, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Registration for individuals who wish to participate in the 2016 Boston Marathon among the wheelchair division, visually-impaired division, and mobility impaired program (including Duo Teams) will open on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

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