Jumping Fences, the official event producer of the 45th San Francisco Marathon, is focusing on inclusivity and accessibility at this year’s event, which is set for July 22-24.
With tens of thousands of runners registered, the race features California’s first-ever non-binary+ division and awards, and a growing runner with disabilities division.
This year, the SF Marathon is partnering with Jake Fedorowski, a Seattle-based LGBTQ+ activist who serves on the board of the Seattle Frontrunners, an LGBTQ running club with chapters all over the US. Fedorowski recently created a guide for non-binary inclusion in running.
“This partnership builds trust among the community and shows that the SF Marathon is taking this step seriously,” said Jake Fedorowski.
“The only way for this industry to evolve is for races to start taking actionable steps toward inclusion of all participants, especially those who identify as non-binary+. I know our work together is just starting, but I believe we are on the right path to building a more welcoming and equitable running community across the globe.”
To make the races more accessible and inclusive, event organizers have expanded gender registration options to include non-binary, trans, two-spirited, male, and female. The race weekend also includes a program for runners with disabilities.
The organising team add that this will be SF Marathon’s biggest year yet, as it has received 25K runners, which include virtual participants from around the globe.
“Our 45th San Francisco Marathon is putting inclusion and accessibility at the centre,” said Lauri Abrahamsen, Director of Operations at Jumping Fences.
“We added these divisions and awards to our 45th marathon because it was past time to do so. We hope that this expansion of gender divisions, and our runners with disabilities program, will inspire more people to join the running community and feel that they belong.”
This year’s marathon features a 3D medal designed by Jumping Fences with Maxwell Medals, and sponsorships from Outside Magazine, Capital One Café and official sponsor Degree Deodorant’s ‘Not Done Yet Marathon Team’.
Degree Deodorant advocates for diversity – including individuals both with and without disabilities. The introduction of Degree’s ‘Not Done Yet Marathon Team’ is part of the brand’s mission to inspire confidence in people to move beyond their limits. The campaign is giving three runners who have overcome adversity in their lives and were previously unable to finish respective full marathons, a second chance to complete their 26.2 miles as a team in the 2022 San Francisco marathon.
The race festival weekend will take place July 22-24 in San Francisco. There will be a beer garden, expo, and party for the runner community to enjoy giveaways from vendors.