Athletes with Disabilities Program

The Colfax Marathon strives to provide athletes of all abilities a great race experience from registration to the finish line.

Questions? Contact Wally Zediker at

Before the Race

Special Pre-Race Athletes with Disability Ambassador, Wally Zediker, will reach out to runners with disabilities who identify themselves in the registration process.

Race Day

  • A tent within Charity Partner Village for athletes with disabilities both before and after the race – snacks and drinks provided
  • Accessible toilet that will be blocked off to the general public and available for use only by athletes with disabilities
  • Separate gear check will be available at the tent – you can feel comfortable leaving wheelchairs and prosthetic device.


Awards will be presented to the top 2 male & female finishers in the following categories for the 5K & Half Marathon (for a grand total of 16 awards in each of these two events):

Push Rim Wheelchair

Half Marathon and 5K only are certified for wheelchairs.  This division is for any person with a significant and permanent physical or motor deficiency requiring the use of a push rim wheelchair to compete.

Due to safety concerns for all athletes, volunteers and community, hand crank wheelchairs will not be permitted in the Half Marathon, the Urban 10 Mile or the Marathon.  Push rim wheelchairs are allowed.

Visual Impairment/Blind

A visually impaired runner must meet the classifications of IBSA Visual Classifications Class B1, B2, B3 and B4.

Physically Challenged

The PC division is for any person with a significant and permanent physical or motor deficiency but who is still considered ambulatory for road racing.

Please note that for safety reasons, push rim wheelchairs and hand cycles are not permitted on the marathon, relay or urban 10 miler courses. Push Rim Wheelchairs are permitted in the 5K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday.

Also, there are no awards presented in the full marathon for Athletes with Disabilities (although a 5 minute advance start will be offered for PC and Sight Impaired/ Blind Athletes for safety reasons).

Also, due to safety reasons, the push rim athletes will be offered a 5 minute early start in the half and 5K.

Although highly unlikely, safety officials reserve the right to reduce the rate of speed on the course at any time if safety issues impede the flow.

In all cases, athletes must notify the Coordinator of our Athletes with Disabilities program, Wally Zediker at, in advance of the selected competition regarding your preferred awards category and whether or not you will take the advanced start.