How to Apply as an Athlete with Disability (AWD)

AWD Entry Methods

 

Entry Drawing: Runners, including those who intend to participate in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon using a pushrim wheelchair or handcycle, are eligible to apply for entry through the entry drawing. 

Guaranteed Entry: Runners seeking to claim a guaranteed entry should check the methods of guaranteed entry to determine if they qualify. 

AWD Programs

 

These programs are available to runners who possess a permanent physical, intellectual or visual impairment that impacts their ability to participate in the sport of running. Runners with acute injuries or temporary conditions are not eligible for these programs.

Runners (ambulatory athletes with a disability (“AAWD”)): Runners are eligible for entry through the entry drawing. Runners must be able to propel themselves through the course.

Pushrim Wheelchair: Runners intending to use a pushrim wheelchair in the TCS New York City Marathon are eligible to apply for entry through the entry drawing. A pushrim wheelchair is a racing wheelchair (see photo below) and is the only type of wheelchair permitted on the TCS New York City Marathon event course, other than as is permitted for Duo Teams (see below) or as is described in the following sentence. A runner may participate using a day chair, if a FreeWheel™ (photo coming soon) is attached to lift the front small casters of the day chair off the ground and replace them with one large wheel which may be set in a fixed position.  For safety reasons, runners may not participate using a day chair without a FreeWheel™, or other non-racing wheelchair. Please note: Runners participating using a pushrim wheelchair or day chair with FreeWheel™ must wear helmets at all times while on the event course. Runners not wearing helmets will not be allowed to start the TCS New York City Marathon and are subject to removal from the course.

A pushrim wheelchair

The rules applicable to the TCS New York City Marathon prohibit entry by a person who will be pushed or pulled in a wheelchair or stroller by another person unless the person was invited to participate in the 2019 Duo Team Exhibition (details below). To participate using a wheelchair, runners must be able to propel themselves through the course, unassisted.     

Handcycle:  A Handcycle Exhibition will take place as part of the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon. The Handcycle Exhibition is a non-competitive participatory event, with no awards or prize money. For the safety of all runners, a pace vehicle will be provided for the Handcycle Exhibition. All participants are required to stay a minimum of 25 meters behind the pace vehicle at all times. Runners intending to use a handcycle (photo coming soon) in the TCS New York City Marathon Handcycle Exhibition are eligible to apply for entry through the entry drawing. 

To be eligible for acceptance, upon completion of the application for the drawing, all runners intending to participate using a handcycle are required to email nyrrawdteam@nyrr.org and provide the runner’s name, cell phone number, a link to a result from a half-marathon or marathon completed on a certified course within one (1) year from the date of the application, and the runner’s anticipated finish time for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon Handcycle Exhibition (should the runner be accepted). In additiol please include a photo of the handcycle to be used, if selected. Only runners who email the required information will be eligible for acceptance into the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon Handcycle Exhibition. Runners whose prior performance or anticipated finish time indicate that they might complete the course in less than one (1) hour and thirty-five (35) minutes are not eligible for participation in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon Handcycle Exhibition. Therefore, runners who apply and intend to use a handcycle to participate in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon Handcycle Exhibition, should not make travel, hotel or other arrangements for the event until they are notified of their acceptance.   

The rules applicable to the TCS New York City Marathon prohibit entry by a person who will be pushed or pulled in a handcycle by another person unless the person was invited to participate in the 2019 Duo Team Exhibition (details below). To participate using a handcycle, runners must be able to propel themselves through the course, unassisted. Please Note: All runners using a handcycle during the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon Handcycle Exhibition must 1.) wear helmets at all times while on the event course and 2.) have an orange visibility flag on a 5’-6’ flexible pole/stick attached to the handcycle by a bracket at all times while on the event course. 

Duo Team: New York Road Runners is happy to offer a Duo Team Exhibition at the TCS New York City Marathon. NYRR will conduct a drawing to determine those duo teams that will be invited to participate in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon Duo Team Exhibition. 

Please review the 2019 Duo Team Participation Terms and Conditions and General Needed Information Form. The link provides additional information and the requirements that must be agreed to by the two (2) team members. To be considered for this event, each team member must complete the relevant portions of the General Needed Information Form and return it to duoteams@nyrr.org, along with a photo of the racing wheelchair that the team plans to use, should the team be selected. The General Needed Information Form and the required racing wheelchair photo must be submitted by February 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. ET to be considered for the drawing. The drawing to select the teams will be conducted on February 27, 2019. For further information, please email duoteams@nyrr.org. 

Additional Information

 

Human Guide
A human guide (“guide”) provides verbal cues and navigation support to a runner with a visual impairment. Guides are not scored and will not receive an official finishing time. There is no entry fee for a guide. Guides should review the Information for Guide and Support Runners page prior to taking on this responsibility. 

Guide Selection
A runner with a visual impairment who requires a guide in order to participate in a New York Road Runners (“NYRR”) event is permitted to run with one (1) guide.
It is the runner’s responsibility to select a guide who can perform all guide responsibilities at the runner’s goal race pace. It is strongly recommended that a runner selects a guide with whom he/she regularly trains. 
In limited situations, a runner may be permitted to register two (2) guides, who run in relay fashion, where the runner is accompanied by one (1) guide at a time on the event course. If two (2) guides are used, the exchange must take place at the Exchange Station located at mile 13.6 of the event course.

Guide Registration Procedure
If you are a runner with a visual impairment who requires a guide, please click here (coming soon) and complete the linked form to place your request. All requests must be placed by runners by April 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. ET.    

Support Runner
A runner (ambulatory) with a permanent physical or intellectual impairment who needs to be accompanied by another person on the TCS New York City Marathon course is permitted to be accompanied by one (1) support runner. Support runners are not scored and will not receive an official finishing time. There is no entry fee for a support runner. Support runners should review the Information for Guide and Support Runners page prior to taking on this responsibility. 

Support Runner Selection
It is the runner’s responsibility to select a support runner who can perform all support responsibilities at the runner’s goal race pace. It is strongly recommended that a runner selects a support runner with whom he/she regularly trains.

Support Runner Registration Procedure 
If you are a runner with a physical or intellectual impairment who requires a support runner, please click here [coming soon] and complete the linked form to place your request.  All requests must be placed by runners by April 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. ET. 
*Any runner who has additional needs, or questions regarding participation in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon, may email nyrrawdteam@nyrr.org.

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