Starting January 14, enter the drawing to run in 2019 or claim your guaranteed entry during the one-month window. 

How to Apply as an Athlete with Disability (AWD)

AWD Entry Methods

Non-Guaranteed Entry Drawing: AWDs intending to run or use a push-rim wheelchair in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon were eligible to apply for entry through the non-guaranteed entry drawing. This entry method is now closed for 2018.

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

AWD Participation Categories

Push-rim Wheelchairs: AWDs intending to use a push-rim wheelchair in the TCS New York City Marathon are eligible to apply for entry through the non-guaranteed entry drawing. A push-rim wheelchair is a racing wheelchair (see photo below) and is the only type of wheelchair permitted on the TCS New York City Marathon course, other than as specified below for Duo Teams. For safety reasons, athletes may not participate using a day chair or other non-racing wheelchair. Please note: All wheelchair and handcycle entrants must wear helmets at all times while on the course. Athletes not wearing helmets will NOT be allowed to start the race 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 or Official Guide unless the person was invited to participate in the 2018 Duo Team Exhibition (details below). To be accepted for entry, applicants planning to use a push-rim wheelchair must be able to propel themselves through the entire course. An Official Guide is permitted to accompany an AWD participant on the course, but the guide may not push or pull the AWD participant. 

Ambulatory Athletes with Disabilities: Ambulatory athletes with disabilities intending to run in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon were eligible to apply for entry through the non-guaranteed entry drawing. To be accepted for entry, applicants must be able to propel themselves through the entire course. This entry method is closed for 2018.  

Handcycles: Handcycle entrants will not be selected through the non-guaranteed entry drawing. Handcycle athlete applications may be submitted only by persons who have been active members in good standing of Achilles International since October 1, 2017, and whose prior performances or anticipated finish time indicates that they will not complete the TCS New York City Marathon course in a time faster than 1 hour and 35 minutes. Achilles and New York Road Runners will identify and select the total number of handcycle entrants from the pool of qualified applicants, and these entrants will be notified of their acceptance. Therefore, handcycle applicants should not make travel, hotel, or other arrangements for the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon until they are notified of their acceptance. Please note: All wheelchair and handcycle entrants must wear helmets at all times while on the course. Athletes not wearing helmets will NOT be allowed to start the race and are subject to removal from the course.

Duo Teams: New York Road Runners is excited to offer a Duo Team Exhibition at the TCS New York City Marathon. NYRR conducted a drawing to identify those duo teams that were invited to participate in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon.

Please review the 2018 Duo Team Participation Terms and Conditions and General Needed Information form. This link provides additional information and the requirements that must be agreed to by the two 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 [email protected], 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 required racing wheelchair photo must have been submitted by February 15, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. ET to be considered for the drawing. The drawing to select the invited teams was conducted on February 28, 2018. For further information, please email [email protected].

Accommodation

Updated August 6, 2018

Any athlete who requires an accommodation to participate in the TCS New York City Marathon (other than requesting a human guide) should email [email protected] upon completion of the athlete's registration for the event.

Human Guide

A human guide ("Guide") provides orientation and navigation support to a blind or visually impaired athlete, or other ambulatory athlete with a disability (“AAWD”) who requires additional support, on the event course. 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 Guides page prior to race day.

Guide Selection

  • Any AAWD who requires a Guide to participate in a New York Road Runners (“NYRR”) event is permitted to run with one (1) Guide.
  • It is the athlete's responsibility to select a Guide who can perform all Guide responsibilities at the athlete's goal pace.
  • It is strongly recommended that an athlete selects a Guide with whom he/she regularly trains. 
  • In limited situations, an athlete may be permitted to register two (2) Guides, who run in relay fashion, where the athlete 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.  
  • If an athlete’s disability necessitates more than one (1) Guide, the athlete may email the explanation, including specific details about each Guide’s role on race day, to [email protected]

Guide Registration Procedures

  • If you are an athlete who needs a Guide to participate in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, please follow the process explained here. To request to register a Guide, the athlete must email [email protected]. The athlete must provide the following information in the email:
  • The nature of the athlete’s disability,
  • An explanation as to why the athlete needs a Guide,
  • The first and last name of the Guide, and
  • The Guide's email address that is used to log in to the Guide's My NYRR account. 
  • The Guide must be copied on the email sent to [email protected].
  • The deadline for submitting a request to register a Guide is Monday, August 20, 2018. NYRR will send an invitation to register directly to the Guide. The deadline for the Guide to complete the registration process is Friday, September 7, 2018.
  • It is the athlete's responsibility to email the Guide registration request to NYRR.
  • Should the athlete select a registered runner to serve as his/her Guide, the athlete must still follow the Guide registration process described above and the Guide will be assigned the appropriate Guide race bib.

For more information about participating in the TCS New York City Marathon as an athlete with a disability, please email [email protected].