Para/Adaptive Athlete Information
The Para Athletics Divisions are competitive divisions for classified Para athletes that implement the principles of the International Paralympic Committee and World Para Athletics.
- Athletes in this division must have either a national or international classification. The B.A.A. may make exceptions to eligibility, depending on an athlete's medical documentation.
- Three divisions will be awarded prize money for the top three male and female finishers in each division.
- Visual impairments (T11/T12/T13)
- Upper Limb Impairments (T45/T46)
- Lower Limb Impairments (T61/T62/T63/T64)
- One guide will be allowed for T11/T12 runners. There will not be a guide exchange for the 5K. All guides must run the full distance with their athlete.
- T11 athletes must run with a guide runner
- T12 athletes have the option of running with a guide runner
- Per WPA rules, T13 athletes are not permitted to utilize a guide runner. The B.A.A. will allow T13 athletes a guide runner within the mass participatory event, however runners will not be eligible for WPA/ATFUSA standings and/or records if electing to use a guide.
- No support runners will be allowed in the para division for upper or lower limb impairment athletes.
The Wheelchair Division is a competitive division for athletes who use racing wheelchairs in track and road racing events and hold a national or World Para Athletics classification.
- The athlete must hold a national or WPA classification T51 — T54, T33 or T34 at time of registration with a New (N), Review (R), or Confirmed (C) status. Impairment documentation may be accepted for non-elite athletes in lieu of classification at the B.A.A.'s discretion.
- Athletes in this division are eligible for prize money. The top three men and women finishers in the wheelchair division will be awarded prize money.
The Duo Team Program provides a unique opportunity for athletes with eligible impairments to take part in and experience the B.A.A. 5K.
- A Duo Team is comprised of a runner pushing a non-ambulatory person with permanent physical impairment in a customized racing wheelchair.
- The duo rider must be non-ambulatory and possess a permanent physical impairment that aligns with the eligible impairment types defined by World Para Athletics.
- The duo rider must provide impairment documentation at time of registration or have documentation on file with the B.A.A.
- The duo rider must be securely fastened in a customized racing wheelchair throughout the race.
- Wheelchairs with motors, hand cranks, foot pedals, or gears are not permitted.
- Only the duo runner may push the customized racing wheelchair.
- All Duo Teams will start the race at a designated time determined by the B.A.A.
The Adaptive Program for Runners supports participation for athletes with eligible impairments in the B.A.A. 5K.
- The Athlete must possess a permanent physical, intellectual, or visual impairment that aligns with the eligible impairment types defined by World Para Athletics.
- A formal classification is not necessary, but athletes must have medical documentation on with with the B.A.A. at the time of registration.
- Athletes with acute injuries or temporary conditions are not eligible for this program.
- Visually impaired athletes are allowed up to two guides on the course at the same time.
- There will not be a guide exchange for the 5K. All guides must run the full distance with their athlete.
- Athletes with a physical or intellectual impairment will be allowed one support runner with them on the course.
- Athletes in this program will not be eligible for prize money.
Para High Performance Standards
Athletes who obtain the high-performance standards in a 5K listed below may be eligible for complimentary entry.