Boston Marathon Announces Transgender Runner Policy

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon. Just have to say it one more time. Yes, the Boston freaking Marathon has clarified its position on transgender runners and is now following the guidelines set by the USA Track and Field which in turn follows the policies of the International Olympic Committee.

Transgender runners have always participated in the Boston Marathon and other races nationwide. But we have done so by flying under the radar. And sometimes because of this as a runner, I’ve even had to challenge a result right at the timers tent on race day. And sometimes my chip/bib would be picked up (sic) stolen at the check-in table (I’m guessing) to thwart me from competing or name would disappear entirely from the race results. I kind of accepted racing and my efforts to correct these actions as an act of activism but it always troubled me.

Times are changing for the better.

The Boston Marathon is now accepting trans runners verifying their gender and age with their government issued id on race day. However, if a dispute arrises officials said “they’d “address it in a manner intended to be fair to all concerned, with a strong emphasis on inclusion”.

In the event that a transgender runner should win or take home prize money at the Boston Marathon, they will need to submit test results indicating that they are within limits as set by IOC standards.

  • 1. Those who transition from female to male are eligible to compete in the
    male category without restriction
  • 2. Those who transition from male to female are eligible to compete in the
    female category under the following conditions:
  • 2.1. The athlete has declared that her gender identity is female. The
    declaration cannot be changed, for sporting purposes, for a minimum
    of four years.
  • 2.2. The athlete must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum
    has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to her first
    competition (with the requirement for any longer period to be based on
    a confidential case-by-case evaluation, considering whether or not 12
    months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in
    women’s competition).
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The author finishing 3rd in Dallas at Mellew promotions “The Hottest Half”. Who’s the little girl? I have no idea and didn’t know she was behind me until I ordered images from the photographer. But she was evidently thrilled, like the woman ahead of her, leaping in joy as she also won.

Winning is always the goal but not the most important thing in running. I’ve run three half marathons and numerous shorter races but my best efforts have only put me in the top three. It’s the race. It’s competing. It’s the feeling of accomplishment when one’s blood, sweat and tears allow one to commune with other competitors and enjoy the shared high.

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If you google Boston Marathon which is held on Monday, April 16th you will also see an article by alt-right bigot Ben Shapiro published on the CNS News. In the article, Shapiro purposely conflates the acceptance of gender diversity with the abolishment of gender entirely warning that ‘Biological Women Will Never Win a Marathon – Ever’

The Boston Marathon rule change didn’t make anyone faster.

Get a life Shapiro you loser. Yes, as a woman, I have run past men who to my utter surprise were devastated watching the back of my sneakers. Then I learned that some men don’t feel they need to train to compete with me because they feel that are naturally superior to me, a transgender woman. I mean they don’t accept me as a woman at all, so go figure.

You could add your face to those memories Shapiro but first, you’d have to forego your white male privilege, get off the couch and train, shedding your own blood, sweat and tears. Then I’ll see you race day as I stride on by.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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