Russian and Belarusian residents banned from participating in the 2022 Boston Marathon
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On April 6, the Boston Athletic Association announced that Russian and Belarusian citizens currently residing in either country would not be permitted to participate in the 2022 Boston Marathon. Citizens who do not reside in the countries are still eligible to run.
On February 28, the BAA announced that the 48 participants from Ukraine in the 2022 Boston Marathon and BAA 5K would receive full refunds or deferrals to a future installment. The announcement came following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
“Like so many others around the world, we are horrified and outraged by what we have seen and learned from the reports in Ukraine,” said BAA President and CEO Tom Grilk. in a press release. “We believe that running is a global sport, and as such we must do what we can to show our support for the Ukrainian people.”
Ukrainian participants, including Eugen Godun, who ran the 2019 Boston Marathon, were eagerly awaiting the race.
“I love Boston for the atmosphere, for the marathon spirit, and I would love to go back there,” said the 30-year-old software engineer. Runner’s world.
But now, in the face of war, racing is the last thing on Godun’s mind: “Boston is a great platform to show the Ukrainian flag… But I don’t think it’s possible to leave the country just to run the Boston Marathon.
Godun, who ran his qualifying time from 2:46:30 in the 2019 New York City Marathon, is required to stay in Ukraine, along with all men between the ages of 18 and 60, in case there is a call for more military support.
Although he was able to leave the country to race, Godun did not train much. He escaped from Kyiv in a crowded car and was unable to bring running shoes or clothes. Once he arrived in a safer town on the western side of Ukraine, Ivano-Frankivsk, he chose to spend money on supporting the war effort rather than new running gear: “We don’t know how many money we can spend or afford for it. But we are doing all we can. »
Godun hopes Ukrainians living in the United States, or who have already fled the country, can attend the Boston Marathon to fly the Ukrainian flag. “Plus,” he noted, “Boston is already yellow and blue.”
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