Boston Athletic Association adds option to register as non-binary at 127th Boston Marathon

The Boston Athletic Association made headlines this week for its decision to add an option to register as “non-binary with respect to gender,” according to their announcement.

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When is the next Boston Marathon?

Registration for the Boston Marathon opened on September 12 for the 127e course of the race, which will take place on April 17, 2023.

What does this mean for non-binary athletes?

People who identify as non-binary have the option to enter the race, outside of the men’s and women’s divisions. According to the Boston Athletic Association website:

Non-binary athletes who have completed a marathon as a non-binary participant during the current qualifying window (September 1, 2021 through September 16, 2022) can submit an application to enter the 2023 Boston Marathon between September 12-16. 2022. in the event will be determined by an athlete’s submitted time and based on the Boston Marathon’s overall field height limit. The Boston Marathon registration application will feature the option to select non-binary with respect to gender.

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Also, regarding questions about qualifying times for this new race category, “As we prepare for future races, participants can expect non-binary times to be updated in consequence,” the organizers said. “We see this first year as an opportunity to learn and grow together.”

The 2023 Boston Marathon will have 30,000 spots for runners. The Boston Marathon is both the longest marathon in the world and one of the most prestigious. But more importantly, in Boston, it’s one of Boston’s premier cultural events each year, with runners, families and visitors coming from all corners of the globe.

For more ideas on the best things to do in Boston, check out our guide to the best things to do this weekend and the best things to do in Boston.

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