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Adaptive Program Rules of the Road

Runners in the Adaptive Program must be able to self-propel themselves the entire marathon distance by their own volition and a 16 minute pace is required.

Support runner:

  1. Runners in the Adaptive Program who possess a physical or intellectual impairment are permitted to be accompanied by one support runner on the marathon course.

  2. The support runner must accompany the athlete through the entire distance of the race. The support runner may run alongside the athlete or slightly ahead of the athlete. The athlete and support runner may not be tethered.

  3. The athlete may not be pushed, pulled, or carried by the support runner. The athlete may only bear weight on the support runner temporarily to regain balance if necessary. Athlete and support runner may not partake in sustained physical contact during the race.

  4. The support runner may not block or interfere with the forward progression of other race participants.

  5. The support runner may assist the athlete in the following ways:

    Provide verbal instructions, directions, and/or cues to the athlete that support orientation and decision-making.

    Assist the athlete in obtaining fluids at a designated fluid station.

    Assist the athlete who has tripped or fallen to regain his footing and/or orientation.

  6. The athlete must attest that his/her support runner can competently perform all support runner responsibilities at the athlete’s goal running pace.

  7. It is the athlete’s responsibility to select his or her support runner. It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure that his or her support runner contact the Philadelphia Marathon Office before the November 1st to receive a code to register for the race.

  8. There is no entry fee for a support runner.

Guide runner:

  1. A guide runner is a person who provides verbal cues and navigation support to an athlete with a vision impairment on the marathon course.

  2. Athletes with vision impairments in the Adaptive Program are permitted to run with one guide runner.

  3. Athletes with vision impairments in the Adaptive Program may use the following methods of guidance:

    Athlete ad guide may use a tether no longer than 50 cm. attached at the hand or arm of the pair, or

    Athlete and guide may run abreast, untethered, or

    Athlete and guide may use an elbow lead.

  4. Athletes with vision impairments are responsible for the selection of his or her guide runner and attests that his or her guide can perform all guide runner responsibilities at the athlete’s goal running pace.

  5. The Philadelphia Marathon expects that athlete and guide have trained together in preparation for race day.

  6. All guide runners must contact the Philadelphia Marathon office by November 1st to receive a registration code to register for the race.

  7. Only a registered guide runner may be tethered to a visually impaired athlete.

  8. A guide runner who is also a registered runner should start the race in the wave and corral of the athlete he or she is guiding. (Visually impaired athletes may not “wave jump” to join their guide runner in a faster wave).

  9. Guide runners will receive a race t-shirt and finisher’s medal.

  10. There is no entry fee for a guide runner.