Non-binary athletes will be able to run in next year’s Boston Marathon for both men and women without having to register, race organizers announced Monday.

Registration for the April 2023 race opened Monday, and organizers, the Boston Athletic Association, said runners can self-identify as bisexual on the application.

Boston Athletic Association he said in a statement. The organization announced that it did not have enough information to allow runners to register for the Boston Marathon for the first time. Non-binary runners are required to meet qualifying times that match the times used in the women’s category to qualify.

“As we prepare for future tournaments, participants can expect non-binary times to be updated accordingly,” the organizers said in a statement. “We see this first year as an opportunity to learn and grow together.”

In the year By 2023, the Boston Marathon is set to have 30,000 participants. Runners who meet the qualifying time are not guaranteed entry into the race, which is the world’s most prestigious marathon.

More than 200 races in the United States have created non-binary classes or allow people to register as non-binary; According to the database Created by Jake Fedorowski, also a marathon runner He created a guide For race organizers for universal inclusion in running.

In April The Brooklyn Marathon and Half Marathon, organized by New York City Races, had 82 finishers in non-dual categories. In September 2021The Philadelphia Marathon became the first road race to have a non-binary division and award equal prizes to the winners of the dual, women’s and men’s divisions.

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