The Law of Running

A Runner's Guide to Legal Rights

From the Boston Marathon to high schools, women and girls who loved to run played key roles in ensuring gender equity. They earned a constitutional right to run.

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What are my legal rights on race refunds?

The fine print in race agreements usually gives organizers the right to retain entry fees when developments such as the coronavirus outbreak make it dangerous to hold events.


Why? Race organizers already have spent money on expenses ranging from water cups to expo rental fees.


But this spring, some races have tried to accommodate runners with refunds, deferments, or postponements.

Read excerpt: Cancellations, Contracts, Coronavirus, and Gyms

The Law of Running: A Runner's Guide to Legal Rights

Sheltering in place, and running

Where is running considered an "Essential Activity"? The New York Times maintains a helpful roundup of state and local shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders. 

Steve Aggergaard has been running for more than 30 years. He has completed 19 marathons, including four Boston Marathons.