Assisted Wheelchair/Duos: Defined as a participant pushing a person with permanent disabilities in a customized racing wheelchair. Both parties will need to register for the event and sign appropriate waivers.
Physically Challenged (PC): A physically challenged (PC) athlete for the purposes of USATF LDR Road Racing is defined as any person with a significant and permanent physical or motor deficiency but still allows them to be ambulatory for road racing. Examples of appropriate permanent physical challenges include: Partial or complete loss of a lower extremity, such as a Symes or leg amputation. Some have significant loss of motor function due to stroke or a serious degenerative neurological condition affecting the extremities such as Multiple Sclerosis. Awards will be given to the top three males/females in the PC Division.
Push-Rim Wheelchair: A wheelchair athlete for the purposes of USATF LDR Road Racing is defined as any person with a significant and permanent physical or motor deficiency requiring the use of a push-rim wheelchair (not hand cranks) to compete. Able-bodied individuals may not participate in the Wheelchair Division. Rules and regulations for wheelchairs will be based on the International Paralympic Committee’s regulations. See below for wheelchair specifications. Awards will be given to the top three males/females in the Push-rim Division.
Hand-Crank/Handcycle Wheelchair: Athletes are invited to participate in the Marathon, Half Marathon or the 5K. No awards will be given for the Hand Crank division in any event. Athletes must wear helmets at all times while on the event course and have an orange visibility flag on a 5’-6’ flexible pole attached to the handcycle at all times while on the event course.
For the safety of the athlete and all participants, athlete finish time must not be faster than 1 hour and 38 minutes in the marathon. Finishing faster than this time will disqualify the athlete from the 2023 event and ban them from the 2024 Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon.
Visually Impaired: A visually impaired runner must meet the classifications of IBSA Visual Classifications Class B1, B2, B3 and B4. For more information on IBSA Visual Classifications, click here. See below for Rules for Visually Impaired. Awards will be given to the top three males/females in the Visually Impaired Division.