ADAPTIVE PROGRAM FOR RUNNERS
The Adaptive Program for Runners presented by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism provides support for athletes with visual, physical, or intellectual impairments to participate and take part in the Boston Marathon.
- The athlete must possess a permanent physical, intellectual, or visual impairment that aligns with the eligible impairment types defined by World Para Athletics, and
- The impairment must have a significant impact on the person’s ability to ambulate and/or participate in the sport of running, and
- Athletes with visual impairments must meet the criteria of legal blindness; visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction, and/or a visual field of 20 degrees or less.
- The athlete must provide impairment documentation at time of registration, or have current documentation on file with the B.A.A.
- Athletes with acute injuries or temporary conditions are not eligible for this program.
- Refer to Eligibility for more information.
- Athletes must achieve or better their respective qualifying time by type of impairment on a certified marathon course during the qualifying window.
- The qualifying window for the 2023 Boston Marathon opened September 1, 2021.
- Athletes have until the date they register to achieve their qualifying time.
|IMPAIRMENT TYPE||QUALIFYING STANDARD (BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OVER)|
|Physical or Intellectual||6:00:00|
OFFICIAL CHARITY PROGRAM AND NON-QUALIFIED APPLICANTS
- Non-qualified runners who possess an eligible physical, visual, or intellectual impairment and who wish to apply for the Adaptive Program using an invitational entry, such as those afforded through the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program or John Hancock Non-Profit Program may apply at time of registration.
RULES OF THE ROAD
- Runners in the Adaptive Program must be able to self-propel themselves the entire marathon distance by their own volition.
- Runners in the Adaptive Program who possess a visual impairment are permitted to run with up to two Guide Runners on the marathon course.
- Runners who possess a physical or intellectual impairment are permitted to be accompanied by one Support Runner on the marathon course.
- Visit Guide & Support Runners to learn more about Guide and Support Runner selection and registration procedures.