This program is for runners (ambulatory) who have a physical, intellectual or vision impairment and participate “on foot,” including runners who use prosthesis or running blades.
If you are a runner who has a physical or intellectual impairment and require a support runner in order to participate, please click here for further information.
If you are a runner who has a vision impairment and require a guide in order to participate, please click here for further information.
Wheelchair Program: Runners Who Participate Using a Pushrim Wheelchair or Day Chair with a FreeWheelTM Attachment
This program is for runners who have a physical impairment and who use a pushrim wheelchair or a daychair with a FreeWheelTM attachment to participate.
Runners who intend to use a pushrim wheelchair or wheelchair with a FreeWheelTM attachment must select “wheelchair” on the application.
A racing wheelchair or wheelchair with a FreewheelTM attachment must be used; no other type of wheelchair will be permitted on the event course. A runner may participate using a day chair, if a FreeWheelTM is attached to lift the front small casters of the day chair off the ground and replace them with one large wheel that may be set in a fixed position. For safety reasons, runners may not participate using a day chair without a FreeWheelTM or other non-racing wheelchair.
Any participant in the wheelchair program must wear a helmet at all times while in the wheelchair. Runners not wearing helmets will not be allowed to start the TCS New York City Marathon and are subject to removal from the course.
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 2020 Duo Team Exhibition (details below). To participate using a wheelchair, runners must be able to propel themselves through the course, unassisted and unaccompanied.
Handcycle Exhibition: Runners Who Participate Using a Handcycle
A Handcycle Exhibition will take place as part of the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon. Participation using a handcycle provides an alternate means of participation for runners who, due to the nature of their physical impairment, are not able to use a racing wheelchair or run with prosthesis. 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. The pace vehicle will move at a pace of approximately 3 minutes and 40 seconds per mile. The pace vehicle will complete the course in approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes. All participants are required to stay a minimum of 25 meters behind the pace vehicle at all times.
Runners who intend to use a handcycle are eligible for entry through the entry drawing and must select “handcycle” on the application at the time of registration. To be eligible for acceptance, upon completion of the application for the drawing (and prior to February 13, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET), all runners intending to participate using a handcycle are required to email email@example.com 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 2020 TCS New York City Marathon Handcycle Exhibition (should the runner be accepted). In addition, 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 2020 TCS New York City Marathon Handcycle Exhibition. Therefore, runners who apply and intend to use a handcycle to participate in the 2020 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. To participate using a handcycle, runners must be able to propel themselves through the course unassisted and unaccompanied. In addition,
- Any participant using a handcycle must wear a helmet at all times while in the handcycle.
- Any participant using a handcycle must have an orange visibility flag on a 5’-6’ flexible pole/stick attached to the handcycle by a bracket at all times while in the handcycle.
- Handcycles with motors or pedals are not permitted. No additional gear-, crank-, or chain-powered cycling equipment may be used by participants, including foot-powered recumbent bikes, tricycles or bicycles.
Duo Team Exhibition: Runners Who Participate as a Duo Team
New York Road Runners is happy to offer a Duo Team Exhibition at the TCS New York City Marathon. A drawing will take place to determine those duo teams that will be invited to participate in the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon Duo Team Exhibition.
Please review the 2020 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 sections of the General Needed Information Form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a photo of the customized racing wheelchair that the team plans to use, should the team be selected. The General Needed Information Form and the required customized racing wheelchair photo must be submitted by February 13, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET to be considered for the drawing. The drawing to select the teams will be conducted on February 26, 2020. For further information, please email email@example.com.