London Marathon introduces non-binary category for first time in bid to be ‘truly inclusive’
The change, which will see non-binary runners ranked separately from their male and female counterparts, will come into place at next year's race
London Marathon has introduced a non-binary category for the first time in a bid to be “truly inclusive”.
The change will come into place for the first time at next year’s race.
Runners who want to enter themselves into the 2023 event will be able to select between male, female, or non-binary when applications open on October 1.
The decision was made by organisers to include the new category following an extensive review and consultation.
They say the change has been made to make “the most diverse, equitable and inclusive marathon in the world”.
Speaking about the change, the marathon’s event director Hugh Brasher said: "This is a significant step forward for the TCS London Marathon as we continue our journey to make our event truly inclusive.
“We know there is still much more to be done, but changes such as this demonstrate our commitment to making the TCS London Marathon an event that is for everyone.”
While Stonewall’s director of programmes Liz Ward added: “It’s fantastic to see the London Marathon actively including non-binary people and recognising the identities of all runners.
“Sport has the power to bring people together and it is important that LGBTQ+ people enjoy all the benefits of sport. After some recent decisions by professional sports associations to exclude trans people from sport, this is welcome news for all LGBTQ+ people and allies.”
Non-binary runners will be ranked separately from their male and female counterparts.
The elite athlete races, the Championship and Good for Age categories will not offer the non-binary option because they all operate under World Athletics rules.