The Coast Guard Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Push-Rim Division in 2022. As a new race, the event team has decided to only have a Push-Rim Division for awards. However, we welcome all Athletes with Disabilities (AWD) to join us for our event per the USA Track & Field (USATF) and Adaptive Track & Field USA (ATFUSA) guidelines.

The Coast Guard Marathon will comply with applicable USATF and ATFUSA regulations for participant performance records and event liability. The information below is adopted from the AFTUSA rules and regulations.

  • AWD participants, using permitted reasonable accommodations, must be capable of completing the full race distance within the event time limit requirements.
  • AWD participants must notify the Race Director a minimum of 30 days prior to the event to participate.
  • AWD participants must obtain a bib labeled ES (Early Start) to qualify for our events. For approved AWD participants who notified the Race Director a minimum of 30 days prior to the event, an ES labeled bib will automatically be assigned at bib pick up.

If you have any more questions about the guidelines for AWD, please see the detailed USATF guidelines here: We will abide by these guidelines and any other decisions from USATF as the governing body for the Coast Guard Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K.

Push-Rim Division Rules

This event also follows ATFUSA guidelines for racing wheelchair requirements.

For more information, refer to the detailed ATFUSA Guidelines.

  • The wheelchair can have 2 large wheels and up to 2 small wheels. The small wheels must be at the front of the chair.
  • No part of the main body of the wheelchair may extend forward beyond the hub of the front wheel and be wider than the inside of the hubs of the two rear wheels. The maximum height from the ground of the main body of the wheelchair shall be 50 cm. No part of the wheelchair may protrude behind the vertical plane of the back edge of the rear tires.
  • The maximum diameter of the large wheel including the inflated tire shall not exceed 70 cm. The maximum diameter of the small wheel including the inflated tire shall not exceed 50 cm.
  • Only one plain, round push-rim is allowed for each large wheel. No mechanical gears or levers can propel the wheelchair. Only hand-operated, mechanical steering devices are allowed. The participant must be able to turn the front wheels manually both to the left and to the right.
  • The use of fairings or similar devices specifically designed to improve the aerodynamic performance of the participant in the wheelchair are not permitted.
  • Lights must be worn on the front and back of the wheelchair.
  • All athletes must wear a protective helmet, undamaged and unaltered, which meets or exceeds the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and which is clearly labeled by the manufacturer as satisfying such standards.
  • The helmet must be properly placed on the head and fastened before the participant enters the Start corral or area and at all times when the participant is on the racecourse.
  • Any violation of these helmet requirements will result in disqualification. A participant will not be disqualified if his/her helmet strap unintentionally and temporarily becomes unattached, and the participant immediately comes to a full stop and reattaches the strap and replaces the helmet while fully stopped.

Visually Impaired, Adaptive Athletes, Blade Runners, and Push Athletes

    • Athletes must be harnessed in a lap belt at a minimum while sitting in a wheelchair.
    • Athletes are responsible for providing their own guides. An athlete may have no more than 3 guides.
    • Guides are to stay to the right and advise others when passing.
    • Guides are to announce when approaching other athletes.
    • Guides for Adaptive Athletes are not required but encouraged.


    If you have questions regarding these guidelines or general questions about the event, please email us at

    ***Please note that the Coast Guard Marathon has the right to prevent athletes from starting or to remove them from the course if they do not meet the standards listed in these Event Rules. ***