Non-binary athletes will be able to compete in the Boston Marathon next year without having to register as a member of the men’s or women’s division, race organizers announced Monday.
The organizers confirmed the change when registration opened on Monday for the 127th running of the marathon on April 17, 2023. A field of approximately 30,000 is expected for the next spring edition of the legendary race.
Non-binary athletes can submit entry requests if they complete a marathon as a non-binary entrant during the current qualifying window, according to the BAA. It said it is still working on establishing qualification standards for non-binary participants, but that its online applications will include “non-binary” as a gender option.
Non-binary pro and 1,500 runner Nikki Hiltz, who came out as transgender last year and narrowly missed a spot on the US team for the Tokyo Olympics, praised the move.
“There is still so much work to be done, but I am thrilled that non-binary runners are being recognized by the Boston Marathon and BAA,” Hiltz tweeted.
Last year’s Philadelphia Distance Run, a premier half marathon and 5K event, became the first major race in the US to establish a non-binary division and offer equal prize money.
The Brooklyn Marathon and Half Marathon followed in April. Eighty-two participants who registered as non-binary participants were among the finishers.