PARA ATHLETE RACE WEEKEND INFORMATION


The following is important information for Para athletes and their Guide and Support Runners in the125th Boston Marathon.

COVID-19 MITIGATION PROTOCOLS

All participants, including Para Athletes, Duo Team Runners & Riders, and Guide & Support Runners of the 125th Boston Marathon will need to either provide proof of vaccination or produce a negative COVID-19 test in order to participate in the race. Masks will not be required while running the 26.2-mile course, but will be enforced on participant transportation and in other areas in accordance with local guidelines. Visit the 125th Boston Marathon Participant Health and Safety Policies for more information. 

All Para Athletes, Duo Team Runners & Riders, and Guide & Support Runners must do one of the following at Medical Tent A located in copley Square:

  • Provide proof of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or
  • Take an on-site COVID-19 test and produce a negative test result. 

Once this step is completed, Para Athletes, Duo Team Runners & Riders, and Guide & Support Runners will be issued a bracelet that must be worn in order to claim your bib, board the bus race morning, and receive a Boston Marathon finisher's medal. 

Note: Do not email your vaccination records to the B.A.A.

MEDICAL TENT A HOURS OF OPERATION

DATE MEDICAL TENT A BOSTON MARATHON EXPO HOURS
Friday, October 8, 2021 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 9, 2021 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 10, 2021 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Bib Packet Pick-Up

Once the above step is completed, Para Athletes, Duo Team Runners & Riders, and Guide & Support Runners should pick up their bib packets, race shirts, and gear bags in Room 207  at the Boston Marathon Expo located at the John B. Hynes Veteran Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street in Boston, during posted hours.

  • Both members of a Duo Team are required to pick up their bib packets in Room 207.
  • All Guide and Support Runners will need to claim their bib packet in Room 207. Due to COVID-19 Protocols, Para athletes will not be permitted to pick up a bib on behalf of their Guide or Support Runner. 

Race Morning Transportation

  • Accessible transportation to the start for all Para athletes and their Guides and Support Runners registered in a Para Athlete Division or Program will depart from the Sheraton Boston Hotel located at 39 Dalton street on race morning.
  • Para Athletes, Duo Team runners and riders, Guide and Support Runners must wear their Official Boston Marathon Bib in order to board the bus.

RACE MORNING TRANSPORTATION CHECK-IN TIMES

PARA ATHLETE DIVISION/PROGRAM CHECK-IN TIME
Wheelchair Division (non-Professional) 4:15 a.m.
Para Athletics Division  5:00 a.m.
Adaptive Program for Runners 5:00 a.m.
Handcycle Program 5:00 a.m.
Duo Teams 5:00 a.m. 

Note: Professional Wheelchair Athletes will receive a separate communication regarding their check-in and bus loading time.

GUIDE EXCHANGE ZONE

The Guide Exchange Zone located at the 11.8 mile mark on the course is reserved for Guide Runners supporting athletes with vision impairments in the Para Athletics Division. 

  • The B.A.A. will provide transportation to the Guide Exchange Zone at the 11.8 mile mark for Guide Runners who will be supporting an athlete during the second half of the race. 
  • Guide Runners should check in with volunteers no later than 8:00 a.m. at the VIP Tent in Copley Square. 
  • Guide Runners running the second half of the race should leave their labeled gear bags in the VIP Tent before boarding the bus. 
  • Upon arrival at the Guide Exchange Zone, Guide Runners should check in with the Massachusetts Track & Field Official at the zone. 
  • The bus will transport Guide Runners who ran the first half of the race back to Boston once all exchanges have occurred at approximately 11:10 a.m.. 

Note: Runners with vision impairments participating in the Adaptive program may run with up to two Guide Runners from the start of the race. 

Staging Near the Start

  • The B.A.A. offers separate staging areas near the start for all athletes registered in a Para Athlete Division or Program of the Boston Marathon.
  • Para Athletes will be escorted to the start line at specific times by Massachusetts Track & Field Officials. 
  • The 125th boston Marathon will implement a rolling start.
  • Runners in the Adaptive Program will start the race among the Open field.

START TIMES OF THE 125TH BOSTON MARATHON

DIVISION/PROGRAM START TIME
Men's Wheelchair 8:02 a.m. 
Women's Wheelchair 8:05 a.m. 
Handcycles & Duo Teams 8:30 a.m. 
Pro Men 8:37 a.m. 
Pro Women 8:45 a.m. 
Para Athletics Division 8:50 a.m. 
Open Field Rolling Start/Adaptive Program for Runners 9:00 a.m. 

Finish Area & Gear Retrieval 

  • Para athletes, Duo Team runners and riders, Guide and Support Runners should retrieve their gear in the VIP Tent in Copley Square.
  • Due to space limitations and security protocols, only pre-identified athletes and credentialed personnel may access the VIP Tent.