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Disabled Athletes

THE SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC MARATHON DE PARIS FOR DISABLED PARTICIPANTS

As has been the case for more than 25 years, the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris will welcome standing and wheelchair disabled athletes who will take on the mythical 42.195km distance through the streets of Paris and the green avenues of the Bois de Vincennes and the Bois de Boulogne.

Among the 60,000 participants taking place in one of the biggest marathons in the world, French and foreign disabled athletes will be urged to push themselves beyond their limits and beat their records.

With a ten minute head start over able-bodied athletes, the disabled athletes will be able to follow the same route in complete security, and the public will be able to cheer them on.

 

How can you participate?

You need to be able to compete in the event using your own abilities. The Marathon de Paris is organised in accordance with the rules of World Athletics, World Para Athletics and the French Athletics Federation (FFA). These rules expressly prohibit any participant – with or without disabilities – from being pushed by a third party, which could be qualified as assistance, or from using any device that facilitates their movement. Motorised wheelchairs are not authorised.

Only racing wheelchairs that have been approved by World Para Athletics are allowed, as well as standard wheelchairs, although in this case the athletes have to start with the rest of the runners. Equipment such as handbikes, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters or any other gear-driven devices are prohibited.

The maximum time allowed to complete the Marathon de Paris is six hours (6h00). If you are slower than the six-hour pace you will have to finish the race on the pavement. We have to adhere to a strict timetable in order to reopen the capital’s roads and get Paris moving again. This means that if you are slower than the six-hour pace, you effectively become a pedestrian and will have to share the pavement with other people. A huge clear-up operation will be taking place on the streets around you to enable us to reopen Paris to traffic.

 

You are a disabled athlete (or Para Athlete) and the holder of a National Federation (NF) licence

Para Athletes who have a National Federation (NF) licence must contact the Commission Athlétisme Handisport (the French Disabled Athletics Commission) by email athlehorstade@handisport.org before 18 September 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

Athletes who have reached a minimum performance level are eligible to participate in the Marathon de Paris Handisport event. Applications must be made through the National Federations.

Men Eligible Categories Minimum level of performance
T12 Marathon T11, T12 3:00:00
T46 Marathon T45, T46 3:00:00
T54 Marathon T52, T53, T54 1:35:00
Deaf Marathon T60 (deaf persons) 3:00:00
Women
T12 Marathon T11, T12 3:35:00
T54 Marathon T52, T53, T54 1:58:00
Deaf Marathon T60 (deaf persons) 3:00:00

You are a wheelchair athlete and a FFH licence holder and an uninvited athlete

Athletes who are FFH licence holders and uninvited elite athletes in the T52, T53 and T54 categories are invited to participate in the wheelchair race. To participate, you must have reached the three-hour qualifying time on a certified marathon course between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019. You will have to produce documents to that effect.

Athletes must contact the Fédération Française Handisport by sending an email to the following address athlehorstade@handisport.org before 18 September 2020. No late registrations will be accepted.

  • Athletes in the T52 or T53/54 categories must have a racing wheelchair that is approved by the World Para Athletics Technical Rules and Regulations.
  • Handbikes are prohibited.
  • All participants must have a national ranking.
  • Register normally in the starting area which corresponds to your target time. There is not a specific bib.
  • Your registration is subject to a fee (as for all other participants).
  • For greater comfort and safety, you will set off at the back of your starting area. If you have a special request about your start, contact us at parismarathon@aso.fr.
  • Integration into the standard rankings with able-bodied athletes and by age group.

In this category, you can run alone or with a guide or supporter, depending on your needs.

Today, our position (which is shared with the FFH) is to integrate all walking or running athletes with disabilities into the main pack and not to differentiate their participation from that of able-bodied athletes.

There will, therefore, be no early start on the race.

The choice of bibs and starting areas must be made according to your target time.

However, in order to avoid jostling for the first few hundred metres of the race, we can organise your start once you are on site: you can set off in the free time between two starting areas or calmly at the back of the previous starting area.

  • Register  normally in the starting area which corresponds to your target time. There is not a specific bib.
  • Your registration is subject to a fee (as for all other participants).
  • For greater comfort and safety, you will set off at the back of your starting area. If you have a special request about your start, contact us at parismarathon@aso.fr
  • Integration into the standard rankings with able-bodied athletes and by age group.
  • Your registration is free of charge: contact us at parismarathon@aso.fr
  • Register normally in the starting area which corresponds to your target time, there is not a specific bib. You will start at the end of the pack, for additional comfort and safety.
  • Registration is subject to a fee for supporters
  • There is not a specific ranking

We have received lots of requests from you which delights us! However, for security reasons within the pack, we are obliged to create a rotation system for applications from one year to the next to allow everyone to take part.

Don’t hesitate to send us an mail, for any other specific case or to clarify something which hasn’t been mentioned on this page. We will reply to you quickly!

Race Runners must contact the FFH by sending an email to athlehorstade@handisport.org

Please describe the nature of your request and the reasons for it and remember that you must be registered in advance for your request to be considered. Each candidacy will be studied on a case by case basis.