PARA ATHLETICS DIVISIONS OF THE 2020 BOSTON MARATHON

  • Para Athletics Divisions of the Boston Marathon are competitive divisions that implement the principles of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Classification Code.
  • The classification system provides structure with the goal to minimize the impact of impairments on sport performance and establish a level playing field for competition.
  • Para Athletics Divisions of the Boston Marathon follow World Para Athletics Rules of competition.

WHEELCHAIR DIVISION

  • 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.
ELIGIBILITY
  • The athlete must hold a national or WPA classification T51 – T54, T33 or T34 at time of registration with an 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.
CLASSIFICATION PROFILE
CLASS DESCRIPTION
T54 Normal arm muscle power with a range of trunk muscle power extending from partial trunk control to normal trunk control.
T53 Normal arm muscle power with no abdominal and no lower spinal muscle activity.
T52 Use shoulder, elbow, and wrist for propulsion. Poor to normal muscle power of the finger flexors and extensors. Usually has no muscle power in the trunk.
T51 Use elbow flexors and wrist dorsiflexes for propulsion. Decrease in shoulder power. Usually has no muscle power in the trunk.
T34 Diplegia caused by hypertonia, athetosis, or ataxia. Normal functional strength of upper limbs and minimal trunk limitation.
T33 Quadriplegia, triplegia, or hemiplegia caused by hypertonia, athetosis, or ataxia. Limitation of upper limb(s) and trunk control.
QUALIFYING STANDARDS
  • Wheelchair athletes must achieve or better their respective qualifying time by age, gender, and classification on a certified marathon course during the qualifying window.
  • The qualifying window for the 2020 Boston Marathon opened September 15, 2018.
  • Athletes have until the day they register to achieve their qualifying time.
Sport Class Age Men Women
T53 / T54 / T34 18-39 2:00:00 2:25:00
  40-49 2:15:00 2:40:00
  50 and over 2:30:00 2:55:00
T51 / T52 / T33 18-39 2:45:00 3:10:00
  40-49 3:00:00 3:25:00
  50 and over 3:15:00 3:40:00
HIGH-PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
  • Wheelchair athletes who hold a current national or WPA classification and who have achieved the following high-performance standard during the current qualifying window may be considered for a complimentary entry.
    • Men: Sub 1 hour 33 minutes (1:33:00)
    • Women: Sub 1 hour 55 minutes (1:55:00)
  • Contact paraelite@baa.org for more information.
RULES OF COMPETITION
  • The Wheelchair Division of the Boston Marathon follows World Para Athletics Rules and Regulations.
  • Athletes must compete in racing wheelchairs that meet the wheelchair requirements specified by World Para Athletics.
FIELD SIZE
  • The maximum field size of the Wheelchair Division of the 2020 Boston Marathon is 70.
SCORING
  • All wheelchair competitors will be scored against one another and results will be listed in order of finish by net time.
  • Wheelchair athletes are not scored against runners.
AWARDS & PRIZE MONEY
  • The overall top 5 men and women in the Wheelchair Division will receive awards.
  • The winner of the T51/T52/T33 class will receive an award.
  • Visit Prize Money to view the Wheelchair Division prize purse of the Boston Marathon.


VISION IMPAIRMENT

  • The Para Athletics Division for athletes with vision impairments provides a competitive opportunity for athletes who hold a national or WPA classification.
ELIGIBILITY
  • The athlete must hold a national or WPA classification T11, T12, or T13 at time of registration with an New (N), Review (R), or Confirmed (C) status.
  • In the U.S., athletes with vision impairments may pursue national classification by submitting the appropriate form to the USOC.
  • Refer to Eligibility for more information.
CLASSIFICATION PROFILE
CLASS PROFILE SNELLEN EQUIVALENT
T11 Visual acuity is poorer than LogMAR 2.60. N/A
T12 Visual acuity ranges from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive), and/or the visual field is constricted to a diameter of less than 10 degrees. 20/630 – 20/7962 (Feet)
6/189 – 6/2389 (Meters)
T13 Visual acuity ranges from LogMAR 1.40 to 1 (inclusive), and/or the visual field is constricted to a diameter of less than 40 degrees. 20/200 – 20/500 (Feet)
6/60 – 6/150 (Meters)
QUALIFYING STANDARDS
  • Athletes must achieve or better their respective qualifying time by age, gender and classification on a certified marathon course during the qualifying window.
  • The qualifying window for the 2020 Boston Marathon opened September 15, 2018.
  • Athletes have until the date they register to achieve their qualifying time.
CLASS AGE MEN WOMEN
T13 18-39 3:40:00 4:10:00
  40-49 3:55:00 4:25:00
  50 and over 4:15:00 4:45:00
T11 / T12 18-39 3:50:00 4:20:00
  40-49 4:05:00 4:35:00
  50 and over 4:25:00 4:55:00
HIGH-PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
  • Athletes with vision impairments who hold a current national or WPA classification T11, T12, or T13 and who have achieved the following high-performance standard during the current qualifying window may be considered for a complimentary entry:
    • Men: Sub 2 hours 50 minutes (2:50:00)
    • Women: Sub 3 hours 15 minutes (3:15:00)
  • Contact paraelite@baa.org for more information.
RULES OF COMPETITION
  • A guide runner is a person who provides verbal cues and navigation support on the marathon course to an athlete who has a vision impairment.
  • The Para Athletics Division for athletes with vision impairments of the Boston Marathon follows World Para Athletics Rules and Regulations which state:
    • T11 athletes must run with a guide runner.
    • T12 athletes have the option to run with a guide runner or run independently.
    • The manner of guidance is through a tether. The tether may only be attached at the hand(s) or arm(s) of the pair.
    • The tether must be made of non-elastic material and be no longer than 50 cm at full extension and no less than 10 cm.
    • The guide runner must complete his or her task while running (or walking) and is not permitted to use any mechanical means of transport.
    • T11/T12 athletes are permitted to run with one guide runner to complete the marathon course or may use up to two guide runners in relay fashion. If two guide runners are used, a guide exchange must occur at the designated exchange zone near the 20K mark on the course. No athlete is permitted to run with two guides at the same time.
    • A guide exchange must occur without hindrance to other race participants.
    • The athlete and guide runner shall retain the tether attachment from the start of the race until the end of the race. No release shall be allowed until after the athlete finishes the race, except during the process of interchange of guide-runners (if applicable).
    • The athlete shall dictate the running style and cadence, not the guide runner.
    • The guide runner is not permitted to push, pull, or slingshot the athlete forward.
    • The guide may hand fluids to the athlete at designated fluid stations.
    • The guide runner must not cross the finish line ahead of the athlete.
  • The B.A.A. will permit the following exception to WPA Rules for T13 athletes in the Visually Impaired Division:
    • The B.A.A. will permit T13 athletes the option to run with a guide runner or run independently.
    • The B.A.A. will permit a T13 athlete who runs with a guide runner the option to run tethered or untethered.
    • Should a T13 athlete run with a guide runner untethered, athlete and guide must run abreast and be no farther away from each other than 50 cm. At no time shall the guide runner pace the athlete. At no time shall the athlete draft behind the guide runner.

Note: Performances by visually impaired athletes who leverage B.A.A. exceptions to WPA rules will not be recognized in the World Para Athletics Rankings.

  • Athletes who receive assistance that is determined to result in a performance advantage from other participants may be disqualified.
  • B.A.A. Policies pertaining to guide runners in the Boston Marathon state that:
    • Athletes with vision impairments are responsible for the selection of his or her guide runner and attest that the guide can perform all guide runner responsibilities at the athlete’s goal running pace.
    • The B.A.A. expects that athlete and guide have trained together in preparation for race day.
    • All guide runners must complete the B.A.A. guide registration form by the specified deadline in March using the guide runner link provided to the athlete by the B.A.A.
    • All guide runners must wear the official B.A.A. issued GUIDE bibs on the front and back of his/her singlet.
    • A guide runner who chooses to wear a personal GUIDE vest or singlet must also wear the official B.A.A. issued GUIDE bibs.
    • Should the athlete select a registered runner to serve as his or her guide runner, the registered runner must still complete the guide runner registration form and wear the official B.A.A. issued GUIDE bibs in addition to his or her runner’s bib.
    • Only a registered guide runner may be tethered to a visually impaired athlete.
    • A guide runner who is also a registered runner should start the race in the wave and corral of the athlete he or she is guiding. (Visually impaired athletes may not “wave jump” to join their guide runner in a faster wave).
    • Guide runners who are running as the athlete’s second guide are responsible for transporting themselves to the guide exchange zone.
    • Guide runners will receive a race t-shirt and finisher’s medal but are not scored and will not receive an official finishing time.
    • There is no entry fee for a guide runner.
FIELD SIZE
  • The maximum field size of the Para Athletics Division for athletes with vision impairments of the 2020 Boston Marathon is 38.
SCORING
  • Athletes in all three classes will be scored against each other and results will be listed in order of finish by net time.
  • Athletes with vision impairments will also be scored by age and gender among the open field.
AWARDS & PRIZE MONEY
  • The top three men and women in the division will receive awards.
  • The top three men and women finishers will receive prize money, provided by John Hancock. John Hancock has provided prize money at the Boston Marathon since 1986.
PLACE VISION IMPAIRMENT (T11 - T13)
1st $1,500
2nd $750
3rd $500

 



PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT (Upper/Lower Limb)

  • The B.A.A. is pleased to introduce the Para Athletics Division for athletes with upper or lower limb impairments in the 2020 Boston Marathon.
  • This division provides a competitive opportunity for athletes who run with lower limb prostheses or who possess an upper limb impairment and who hold the appropriate national or World Para Athletics (WPA) classification
ELIGIBILITY
  • The athlete must hold a national or WPA classification T61 – T64, T45 or T46 at the time of registration with an New (N), Review (R), or Confirmed (C) status.
  • A provisional status will also be considered.
  • Refer to Eligibility for more information.
CLASSIFICATION PROFILE
CLASS DESCRIPTION
T61 / T62 Athletes with double leg above the knee (T61) or below the knee (T62) amputation who run with prostheses.
T63 / T64 Athletes with single above the knee (T63) or below the knee (T64) amputation who run with prostheses.
T45 / T46 Athletes with bilateral or unilateral arm impairment.
QUALIFYING STANDARDS
  • Athletes must achieve or better their respective qualifying time by sport class on a certified marathon course during the qualifying window.
  • The qualifying window for the 2020 Boston Marathon opened September 15, 2018.
  • Athletes have until the date they register to achieve their qualifying time.
CLASS QUALIFYING STANDARD (BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OVER)
T61 - T64 5:40:00
T45 / T46 4:55:00
HIGH-PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
  • Athletes who hold a current national or World Para Athletics (WPA) classification T61 – T64, T45 or T46 and who have achieved their respective high-performance standards during the current qualifying window may be considered for a complimentary entry:
    CLASS MEN WOMEN
    T61 - T64 3:40:00 4:10:00
    T45 / T46 2:50:00 3:20:00
    RULES OF COMPETITION
    FIELD SIZE
    • The field size limit of the Para Athletics Division for athletes with lower or upper limb impairments is 32.
    SCORING
    • Athletes will be scored within their respective classification category by net time.
    • Athletes in this division will also be scored by age and gender within the open field.
    AWARDS
    • The top three men and women finishers for each respective classification category will receive an award.
    • The top three men and women finishers in each classification category will receive prize money, provided by John Hancock. John Hancock has provided prize money at the Boston Marathon since 1986.
    PLACE LOWER LIMB IMPAIRMENT (T61-T64) UPPER LIMB IMPAIRMENT (T45/T46)
    1st $1,500 $1,500
    2nd $750 $750
    3rd $500 $500