Sport Runners try to stay dry at start of 122nd Boston Marathon

18:01  16 april  2018
18:01  16 april  2018 Source:   Associated Press

Transgender Runners Can Compete in the Boston Marathon as Their Self-Identified Gender, Organizers Affirm

  Transgender Runners Can Compete in the Boston Marathon as Their Self-Identified Gender, Organizers Affirm The Boston Marathon has reiterated its policy that allows transgender runners to compete under their self-identified gender – amid renewed debate among runners. The Boston Athletic Association, which oversees the marathon, told NPR that organizers only ask that runners compete under the same gender identity they declared when they qualified for the marathon. That policy has been in place for “several years,” according to the statement given to NPR. The New York and Chicago marathons have similar policies, NPR reported. “We don’t require that runners outline their gender identity history with us, so we can’t say for certain how many trans runners are in our race. We do know that we have had several transgender runners in the past,” the Boston Athletic Association told NPR. However, runners are required to show a government-issued ID to get an official bib number and, BAA said “We do compare the ID with the person’s qualification-associated gender description.” The Boston Athletic Association told NPR it does not have a specific policy on how it would handle a runner whose gender identity is not the same as the one listed on the government ID. The BAA said it would try to resolve the issue with “a strong emphasis on inclusion.” The issue of transgender runners has become a topic of discussion in the marathon community following an article in Canadian Running magazine about three transgender women who will run the elite race as their identified gender.

On Monday, former Ducks Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay will toe the starting line of the 122 nd Boston Marathon in Hopkinton with dreams of golden wreaths awaiting them at the finish line.

It may be tempting to try something new to give you an edge—but resist the urge in order to prevent chafing, stomach issues and pinched feet. Longtime race director for the Boston Marathon Dave McGillivray shares his tips for runners preparing to tackle the 122 nd Boston Marathon .

Cherry Scanzaroli, of Hopedale, Mass., holds a rainbow umbrella as she waits to cheer on runners at the start of the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, April 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) © The Associated Press Cherry Scanzaroli, of Hopedale, Mass., holds a rainbow umbrella as she waits to cheer on runners at the start of the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, April 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

BOSTON (AP) -- Runners are arriving in Hopkinton and trying to stay dry as they await the start of the Boston Marathon.

It's cold, wet and windy on Monday for the 122nd running of the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.

Bruce Rogers, a 46-year-old runner from Rochester, New York, says he's nervous but excited for "one heck of an adventure." Runners are gathering underneath large tents set up outside of the town's high school. Many are wearing ponchos, extra layers of clothing and grocery bags wrapped around their sneakers to keep warm and dry before the race.

Defending champions Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat, both Kenyan, lead a field of more than 30,000 runners on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

The mobility impaired division is scheduled to begin at 8:40 a.m.

Desi Linden details 'American pride' that fueled her Boston Marathon sportsmanship, win .
In offering to help Shalane Flanagan, Desi Linden says she didn't think she'd finish the Boston Marathon in the early miles of the race.In an appearance Tuesday on Good Morning America, Linden recounted her act of good sportsmanship that preceded her memorable finish. Flanagan, the 2017 New York City Marathon champ who eventually finished seventh overall, made a quick stop at a Porta Potty early in the race, and Linden slowed up to wait for Flanagan so she could get back on pace.

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