Please read the following information carefully if you are a Guide who will be accompanying an Ambulatory Athlete With a Disability (AAWD).
Guide Race Bib/Expo
A Guide must wear the race bib provided by the event organizers and assigned in the number range specifically designated for Guides. A Guide is required to pick up his/her race materials, including the race bib, during the TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance (“Expo”). Guide bibs for the TCS New York City Marathon are non-transferable; a Guide is prohibited from giving or selling the race number or tag to another person or wearing an unofficial number or tag.
Baggage and Transportation
The event organizers provide transportation on race morning for all AAWDs and Guides from Midtown Manhattan to the start staging area on Staten Island.
A Guide may check his/her own baggage with the specified truck in the AWD Staging Area on Staten Island for retrieval near the finish at the AWD Family Reunion area on West 72nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. All personal items must be in the clear bag provided to all athletes and Guides at the Expo.
Guide Responsibilities/Rules of Competition on the Course
- The method of guidance is the choice of the athlete, with certain limitations (listed below). Some of the most common methods of guidance are using a tether or verbal directions, instructions or cues.
- A Guide's focus must be at all times on the athlete he/she is assisting. A Guide must stay with his/her athlete at all times.
- The Guide may not push, pull or slingshot the athlete forward. The athlete may only bear weight on the Guide temporarily to regain balance if necessary. The athlete and the Guide may not have sustained physical contact during the race.
- The Guide may not block or interfere with the forward progression of other race participants.
- A Guide must advise his/her athlete to stay to the side of the road when approached from behind by an official vehicle or other participants.
- A Guide for an athlete starting on the orange course must stay with the athlete on the orange course until the courses merge at approximately mile 8.
- A Guide may not use rollerblades, a bicycle, or other mechanical means of transport.
- A Guide is permitted to hand fluids to the athlete at the designated fluid stations.
- A Guide may assist the athlete if he/she has tripped or fallen, to regain footing and/or orientation.
- For Guides starting/stopping at the Exchange Station: The Exchange Station will be located at the corner of 48th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard, just past the Pulaski Bridge in Queens, which is the halfway point on the event course. A Guide who is serving as the athlete's first Guide is required to exit the event course at the Exchange Station and is responsible for transporting himself/herself home or to his/her hotel. A Guide who is serving as the athlete's second Guide is responsible for transporting himself/herself to the Exchange Station and is not permitted to enter the event course until the athlete the Guide is designated to support arrives at the Exchange Station and the first Guide exits the event course. If the athlete the Guide is designated to support does not ever arrive at the Exchange Station, the Guide is not permitted to enter the event course. The Exchange Station may easily be reached by NYC Transit (subway) by taking the Queens-bound 7 train from either Times Square or Grand Central Station in Manhattan to the Vernon Blvd./ Jackson Ave. Station (the first stop in Queens).
- If a Guide is unable to finish an event with his/her athlete, the Guide is required to drop out and exit the course. If a Guide drops out, the athlete may still participate so long as he/she is able to do so safely.
- A Guide must cross the finish line with (never ahead of) his/her athlete. After the finish line, a Guide must direct his/her athlete to stay to the left. The exit to the AWD Family Reunion on West 72nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue will be on the left marked by a sign.
IMPORTANT NOTE: A Guide or athlete who violates anything in these rules or procedures may be removed from the event course, disqualified from official results, or suspended from subsequent NYRR events.