Para Athletics Division

Para Athletics Division

 

PARA ATHLETICS DIVISIONS

  • 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.
  • Registration for Para Athletics Divisions for qualified athletes will occur April 20 - 23, 2021 in Athletes' Village
  • To apply, select "Para Athletics Divisions" in the Para Athlete section of the race registration form and complete the subsequent fields. 

VISION IMPAIRMENT T11, T12, T13

The division provides a competitive opportunity for athletes with vision impairments 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 classification form to the USOPC.
  • 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 2021 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)

RULES OF COMPETITION

GUIDE RUNNER

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 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.
  • Tethers must meet the tether requirements as defined by WPA Rules and Regulations. Tethers are subject to inspection by the IPC Technical Delegate prior to competition.
  • 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 Guide Exchange Zone near the 20K mark on the course.
  • Athletes in this division are not 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 Runner 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 Para Athletics Division:

  • The B.A.A. will permit T13 athletes the option to run with a Guide Runner or run independently.
  • Should a T13 athlete choose to run with a Guide Runner, all WPA rules pertaining to Guide Runners will apply. 
  • Performances by T13 athletes who leverage B.A.A. exceptions to WPA rules will not be recognized in the World Para Athletics Rankings.
  • Visit Guide & Support Runners to learn about Guide selection and registration procedures. 

FIELD SIZE

  • The combined maximum field size of the Para Athletics Division for ambulatory Para athletes of the 2021 Boston Marathon is 40.

SCORING

  • Athletes in this division will be scored against one another by gender. 
  • Athletes with vision impairments will also be scored 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.
PLACE VISION IMPAIRMENT (T11 - T13)
1st $1,500
2nd $750
3rd $500

 

LOWER LIMB IMPAIRMENT T61-T64

This division provides a competitive opportunity for athletes who run with lower limb prostheses and who hold the appropriate national or World Para Athletics (WPA) classification

ELIGIBILITY

  • The athlete must hold a national or WPA classification T61 – T64 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.

QUALIFYING STANDARDS

  • Athletes must achieve or better their respective qualifying time on a certified marathon course during the qualifying window.
  • The qualifying window for the 2021 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

HIGH-PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  • Athletes who hold a current national or World Para Athletics (WPA) classification T61 – T64 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

RULES OF COMPETITION

FIELD SIZE

  • The combined maximum field size of the Para Athletics Division for ambulatory Para athletes is 40.

SCORING

  • Athletes will be scored in this division by gender.
  • Athletes in this division will also be scored among the open field.

AWARDS

  • The top three men and women finishers will receive an award.
  • The top three men and women finishers will receive prize money, provided by John Hancock.
PLACE LOWER LIMB IMPAIRMENT (T61-T64)
1st $1,500
2nd $750
3rd $500

 

UPPER LIMB IMPAIRMENT T45, T46

This division provides a competitive opportunity for athletes with 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 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
T45 Athletes with double arm impairment through the elbow. 
T46 Athletes with single arm impairment through the elbow.

QUALIFYING STANDARDS

  • Athletes must achieve or better their respective qualifying time on a certified marathon course during the qualifying window.
  • The qualifying window for the 2021 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)
T45/T46 4:55:00

HIGH-PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  • Athletes who hold a current national or World Para Athletics (WPA) classification 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
T45/T46 2:50:00 3:20:00

RULES OF COMPETITION

FIELD SIZE

  • The combined maximum field size of the Para Athletics Division for ambulatory Para athletes is 40.

SCORING

  • Athletes will be scored in this division by gender.
  • Athletes will also be scored among the open field.

AWARDS

  • The top three men and women finishers will receive an award.
  • The top three men and women finishers will receive prize money, provided by John Hancock.
PLACE UPPER LIMB IMPAIRMENT (T45/T46)
1st $1,500
2nd $750
3rd $500