Boston Marathon 2022 live updates and results
Until the 125th Boston Marathon last fall, Para athletes competed in the race in their own starting wave. Now, for the second marathon, Para athletes will compete in their own division.
Leading the way in the Para Division will be Adrianne Haslet, who lost her foot in the 2013 marathon bombing and was a supporter of the creation of the division. She will run with Shalane Flanagan, the four-time Olympian, New York City marathon winner and well-known Boston area native, as she supports her.
Eagle-eyed observers may notice something on their nails. Haslet and Flanagan wear OPI’s “Big Apple Red” in homage to Flanagan’s victory in New York, but watch their ring fingers carefully. Painted on the nail is “2.2”.
The choice of red is particularly significant, Haslet wrote on Instagram, because Flanagan’s victory in 2017 is “where one day I started dreaming of running in my marathon”.
More importantly, 2.2 honors “the 2.2 million people living with limb loss and limb differences. This race is for you !! “
Male and female wheelchair contestants will take off at 9:02 am and 9:05 am Eastern time, followed by the handcycles and duos division at 9:30 am. Then, 37 Para runners with impaired vision, lower limbs and upper limbs will take off at 9:50 am in a limited division of 40 participants (not including a guide or support runner).
The final destination for Haslet and Para competitors are the Paralympics, which currently do not include the marathon.