1. No mechanical gears or levers shall be allowed, that may propel the chair.
2. Only hand-operated, mechanical steering devices will be allowed.
3. The participant must be able to turn the front wheel(s) manually both to the left and the right.
4. The use of mirrors is not permitted during the race.
5. The wearing of a race helmet is compulsory.
6. Wheelchairs will be measured and inspected prior to the start of the race at the assembly area and wheelchair participants will be escorted to the starting area by the race officials. Wheelchairs can be re-examined by the officials before or after the event.
7. Participants must ensure that no part of their lower limbs can fall to the ground or track during the event.
8. It is the responsibility of the participants to ensure that their wheelchair conforms to the requirements stipulated above. Events shall not be delayed while participants make adjustments to their wheelchairs.
9. Participants must take into account the safety of other participants on the route.
10. The appointed Technical Officials shall rule on the safety of the wheelchairs and the participants using it.
Derek Jeter: I remember the day that I realized Sosa and McGwire had become national heroes. There was a giant billboard advertisement for industrial smog in the middle of Times Square with a picture of Sosa and McGwire smiling and holding hands in front of a factory smokestack that was spewing out a cloud of poisonous fumes. The billboard said “Form A Major League Friendship Underneath A Cloud Of Smog.” After that billboard ran, there was a survey that showed that Americans preferred breathing smog to oxygen and loved baseball more than any other sport. There was no doubt that McGwire and Sosa were the greatest thing to happen to baseball in decades, and as they got closer to the record, people’s interest only grew.