By Boston Athletic Association | Dec. 04, 2019, 2:33 p.m. (ET)

The 124th Boston Marathon will serve as the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team Selection Event for the marathon distance. 

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association and United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) today announced that the 124thBoston Marathon will serve as the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team Selection Event for the marathon distance. The top two U.S. men and women across the finish line that meet the U.S. Paralympic Track & Field qualifying standards in select ambulatory classifications will be nominated to the U.S. Paralympic team for next summer’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The 124th  Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2020, and will mark the 35thconsecutive year that John Hancock will serve as principal sponsor.

“The B.A.A. is honored to host the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials Marathon for ambulatory Para athletes,” said Marla Runyan, two-time U.S. Olympian and Paralympian and Para Athlete Manager for the B.A.A. “The Boston Marathon has long been a race where Para athletes come to compete and showcase their athletic excellence. The road to the Tokyo Paralympic Games comes through Boston, and we couldn’t be more proud.”

Athletes with Para athletics classifications T45/T46 (arm impairment) and T11/T12 (vision impairment) will be eligible for spots on Team USA, provided that they meet the National Team A Standard or Marathon Minimum Event Standard as put forth by the USOPC. U.S. athletes must have their World Para Athletics license and classification to be eligible for selection to the U.S. Paralympic Team by the USOPC.

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“We are very excited for the Boston Marathon to serve as our U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for our ambulatory marathon athletes,” said Julie Dussliere, chief of Paralympic sport of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. “With Boston's commitment to Para athletes and storied history with the marathon, we know our athletes will have a world-class experience as they look to punch their tickets to Tokyo.”

The selection event element provides added excitement to the launch of the Boston Marathon’s Para Athletics Divisions and Adaptive Programs at the 2020 race. For the first time in Boston Marathon history, prize money and awards will be presented to classified ambulatory Para athletes which includes competitors with vision impairment (T11, T12, T13); lower limb impairment (prosthesis T61-T64); and upper limb impairment (T45/T46). The total prize purse for the Para Athletics Division for ambulatory athletes is $16,500 to be distributed equally among the top 3 male and female finishers in each classification category.

The 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for wheelchair athletes occurred earlier this year at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, where Daniel Romanchuk, Tatyana McFadden, and Susannah Scaroni earned automatic spots on Team USA. All three will compete in the 2020 Boston Marathon.

More details regarding the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials can be found through TeamUSA.org.

The 124thBoston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2020 and will mark the 35thconsecutive year that John Hancock will serve as principal sponsor. Held annually since 1897, the Boston Marathon is the oldest consecutively run marathon in the world. A field of 31,500 participants will take part in the 124th running of the Boston Marathon.

 

About the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)

Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock.The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 athletes participate in B.A.A. events each year. The 124thBoston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2020. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.