London Marathon 2023: Race to include non-binary category for the first time

The move was made just after the Boston marathon confirmed runners participating in Massachusetts could also register as non-binary

Organisers for the London marathon have confirmed that runners participating in the event next April will be able to register as non-binary.

The move to include this option will not affect the elite races and has been labelled as a “significant step” in improving the race’s inclusion.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the TCS London Marathon, 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.”

A statement released onto the official TCS London website said: “For the first time, a non-binary gender option will be offered to applicants in the 2023 TCS London Marathon Ballot, which will open on Saturday 1 October.

“The change is being introduced following an extensive review and consultation period by London Marathon Events (LME), organisers of the TCS London Marathon, as part of the work to make the event the most diverse, equitable and inclusive marathon in the world.

“The three gender options (male, female and non-binary) will be offered to all participants registering for the mass participation element of the TCS London Marathon via other entry routes, including charity entries.”

Mermaids, a charity that supports trans and gender diverse kids took to Twitter to say: “Runners can register as non-binary in next year’s London Marathon. Gold medal for the organisers!”

The OutHouse, an Essex-based charity who support the delivery of equality for the LGBTQ+ community said: “Great to see another piece of news showcasing awareness and consideration for the non-binary community.”

When is the London Marathon 2023?

The option to register as non-binary will not coming into effect until next year, meaning there is one more marathon to go.

The next TCS London Marathon is set to get underway on Sunday, 2 October 2022.

This change will be available for the 2023 marathon, which is set to take place in April next year.

Around 80,000 participants took part in the 2021 marathon, which is set to revert to its usual springtime slot for the first time in four years due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

How do I enter the 2023 ballot?

The ballot for entry to the London marathon to be held in London next year will not open until Saturday, 1 October.

Getting a place in the marathon via the ballot is complete luck of the draw, but the marathon website gives a tip on how to get a better chance at securing a slot.

They say: “If you’d like to increase your chances of gaining a TCS London Marathon place, you could opt to donate your entry fee when you enter the UK ballot, as ballot applicants who do this are entered into a second draw for another chance to secure a place”.