US Paralympic Team tabs Boston as Tokyo marathon qualifying race

Boston-04/15/2019 The Boston Marathon finish line- Mens wheelchair winner Daniel Romanchuk breaks the tape.Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)
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American Daniel Romanchuk celebrates after winning the men’s wheelchair title in the 2019 Boston Marathon.

The 124th running of the Boston Marathon next spring will serve as the 2020 US Paralympic Team’s selection event, the Boston Athletic Association and US Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced on Wednesday.

The top two US men’s and women’s finishers will be nominated to the American team for next summer’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

“The BAA is honored to host the US Paralympic Team Trials Marathon for ambulatory para-athletes,” said Maria Runyan, para-athlete manager for the BAA and a two-time Olympian and Paralympian. “The road to the Tokyo Paralympic Games comes through Boston, and we couldn’t be more proud.”


The specific classifications include both arm impairment and vision impairment. Athletes who meet the designations will be eligible to qualify for nomination, provided they meet other licensing requirements outlined by the USOPC. For the first time in Boston Marathon history, a prize purse — $16,500 total — also will be on the line for competitors meeting other classifications.

The 2020 marathon is set for April 20.