The organisers of the event have come forward to say that they will “take people at their word” and allow competitors to self-define the way they want even if their gender identity differs from biological sex stated in the documents. “Members of the LGBT community have had a lot to deal with over the years, and we’d rather not add to that burden,” said the organzire, swearing that the contestants are to be registered for the run only on the basis of their own words about who they are. At least five openly transgender women are signed up to compete in the 26.2 mile feat through the Massachusetts city. And is it not just Boston that is taking a more inclusive approach when it comes to running. Organizers of the Chicago, New York City, London and Los Angeles marathons have also said that they will allow competitors to identify themselves by their true gender.