Marathons across the US are becoming more accessible, in great news for diversity and inclusion.
In 2021, the New York Road Runners (NYRR), the organization responsible for the New York City Marathon, became one of the first significant marathon organizations to include a non-binary racing category.
And now, the 2022 New York City Marathon has become the first world marathon to provide prizes to non-binary runners.
Great news! How else is it inclusive?
The 2022 New York Marathon is working to support breastfeeding people as well, providing more breastfeeding stations throughout the race trail.
They’re working in collaboration with a non-profit called &Mother to give the utilities needed.
“We wanted to make sure nothing was standing in the way of mothers being able to participate at their best and feeling confident they would have resources at the start, finish, and along the way to ensure they could have the most positive race experience,” Kerin Hempel, CEO of NYRR explains.
The NYRR is also revamping the course record award for the wheelchair division, setting it equally with other races at $50,000.
The New York City Marathon will be held on Sunday, November 6, with 50,000 runners expected.
This article aligns with the UN SDG Reduced Inequalities.