The Boston Marathon will welcome non-binary athletes to the 2023 race
Non-binary athletes will be able to compete in next year’s Boston Marathon without having to register as members of the men’s or women’s divisions, race organizers announced Monday.
The Boston Athletic Association, which administers the prestigious marathon, said it is working to expand opportunities for non-binary people — not just for the marathon but for the other BAA races, which include a 5k, a 10 km and a half marathon.
Organizers confirmed the change when registration opened Monday for the 127th edition of the marathon on April 17, 2023. A field of around 30,000 is expected for next spring’s edition of the legendary race.
Non-binary athletes can submit entry requests if they completed a marathon as a non-binary participant during the current qualifying window, the BAA said. He said he was still working to establish qualification standards for non-binary entrants, but his online applications would include “non-binary” as a gender option.
“Discussions are ongoing with non-binary athletes with the goal of further promoting inclusion at all BAA events,” the organization said, adding, “We view this first year as an opportunity to learn and grow. together.”
Nikki Hiltz, a non-binary pro miler and 1,500 runner, who came out as transgender last year and narrowly missed out on a spot on the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics, welcomed the move.
“There’s still so much work to do, but I’m thrilled that non-binary runners are being recognized by the Boston Marathon and the BAA,” Hiltz tweeted.
The Boston Marathon is the latest major marathon to begin adding non-binary splits.
Last year, the Philadelphia Distance Race, a premier event featuring a half marathon and 5k, became the first major race in the United States to establish a non-binary division and offer cash prizes equal.
The Brooklyn Marathon and Half Marathon followed in April. Eighty-two contestants who registered as non-binary participants were among the graduates.