Boston Marathon Runners Have Option To Register As Nonbinary For First Time

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Nonbinary runners will not have to register as either 'male' or 'female' in the upcoming 2023 Boston Marathon, race organizers announced on Monday.

On the Boston Marathon registration application, athletes will have the option to select nonbinary for the first time in the marathon's history. The Boston Athletic Association said they are working on expanding opportunities for nonbinary athletes at the event.

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"With this being our first year, we do not yet have enough data to establish nonbinary qualifying times. Therefore, we will use the times listed here, as they are inclusive of the qualifying times for the two existing divisions. As we prepare for future races, participants can expect nonbinary times to be updated accordingly. We view this first year as an opportunity to learn and grow together," BAA said on their website.

On the qualifying times page, it still states that athletes entering must meet time standards based on age and gender, listing the genders as 'male' and 'female.' Marathon organizers say they are still working out the details for nonbinary competitors.

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