B.A.A. HALF MARATHON ATHLETES WITH DISABILITIES

Wheelchair Division

The Boston Athletic Association is pleased to offer a competitive Wheelchair Division in the B.A.A. Half Marathon. Wheelchair athletes may use the standard race registration form to register. All B.A.A. registration policies, dates, and deadlines apply.

For safety reasons, racing wheelchairs must meet the wheelchair specifications defined by World Para Athletics Rules and Regulations.

High-Performance Standards

Any wheelchair athlete who has achieved a high-performance standard for the half-marathon listed below within the past 12 months may be considered for a complimentary entry for the B.A.A. Half Marathon.

Men: sub 58 minutes (0:58:00)
Women: sub 1 hour 5 minutes (1:05:00)

Comparable 10K race performances may also be considered. Contact paraelite@baa.org for more information. 

The 1st place male and female finishers in the Wheelchair Division will receive awards at the event award ceremony. The top 3 male and female finishers will receive prize money.

 

Visually Impaired Athletes

Athletes who possess a vision impairment may apply to run with a guide runner. A guide runner is a person who provides verbal cues and navigation support to a blind or visually impaired athlete.

  • The manner of guidance is usually through a tether.
  • The tether may be no longer than 50 cm. in length at full extension.
  • The tether may only be attached at the hand(s) or arms(s) of the pair.
  • The athlete is responsible for selecting his or her guide runner.
  • A guide runner must meet the minimum age requirement of the event and must be able to perform all guide runner responsibilities at the athlete’s goal pace.
  • Guide runners must wear the official B.A.A. issued GUIDE bib on the front and back of their singlet.
  • Guide runners will receive a race t-shirt and finisher’s medal but will not receive an official finishing time.
  • There is no entry fee for a guide runner.

If approved, the athlete will be sent instructions and a link to the guide runner registration form. All guide runners must be registered prior to the start of the race. 

Mobility Impaired Athletes

Athletes who possess a permanent physical or intellectual disability that impacts ambulation may apply to run with a support runner. The support runner must accompany the athlete through the entire distance of the race. The support runner may run alongside the athlete or slightly ahead of the athlete. The athlete and support runner may not be tethered.

The athlete may not be pushed, pulled, or carried by the support runner. The athlete may only bear weight on the support runner temporarily to regain balance if necessary. Athlete and support runner may not partake in sustained physical contact during the race. The support runner may not block or interfere with the forward progression of other race participants.

The support runner may assist the athlete in the following ways:

  • Provide verbal instructions, directions, and/or cues to the athlete that support orientation and decision-making.
  • Assist the athlete in obtaining fluids at a designated fluid station.
  • Assist the athlete who has tripped or fallen to regain his footing and/or orientation.

The athlete is responsible for selecting his or her support runner. Support runners must wear the official B.A.A. issued SUPPORT bib on the front and back of their singlet. Support runners will receive a race T-shirt and finisher’s medal but will not receive an official finishing time. There is no entry fee for a support runner. 

If approved, the athlete will be sent instructions and a link to the support runner registration form. All support runners must be registered prior to the start of the race.

Duo Teams

A duo team is comprised of an able-bodied runner pushing a non-ambulatory person with a physical disability in a customized racing wheelchair. As with any official participant of the race, the duo rider must meet the minimum age requirement and be at least 14 years of age on race day. The use of strollers or baby joggers is not permitted. Duo teams may use the standard race registration form to apply for entry.

  • The duo runner and duo rider must wear the official B.A.A. issued race bib on the front of their singlets. 
  • The duo rider must remain securely fastened in the customized racing chair throughout the duration of the race. 
  • Duo teams will start the race approximately 30 seconds after the Wheelchair Division. 

Proof of Disability

At time of registration, athletes seeking entrance into the Wheelchair Division or Duo Team Program of the B.A.A. Half-Marathon, or athletes applying to run with a guide or support runner must provide proof of disability through at least one of the following methods:

  • The athlete holds a current World Para Athletics Classification with an eligible to compete status and his/her name can be verified in the WPA Master List.
  • The athlete holds a current U.S. Para Athletics Classification with an eligible to compete status (U.S. athletes only) and his/her name can be verified in the U.S. Para Athletics Master List.
  • The athlete’s disability documentation is currently on file with the B.A.A. and may be reviewed for re-eligibility.
  • The athlete may upload the appropriate disability documentation completed and signed by the athlete’s physician during registration to the B.A.A. Registration Office.
  • The athlete may fax the appropriate disability documentation completed and signed by the athlete’s physician to the B.A.A. Registration Office at (508) 435-6590.

Contact awd@baa.org for more information regarding acceptable forms of disability documentation.  Documentation must be received by October 1, 2018.