Rising NYRR Wheelchair Training Program

Rising New York Road Runners Wheelchair Training Program is a free, year-round program for youth with physical disabilities aged 6 to 21. The program offers weekly training sessions, in-school resources, and competitive events on the road and track, regardless of experience or prior NYRR affiliation.

Weekly Training Sessions: Rising New York Road Runners hosts free weekly training sessions, open to all youth wheelchair athletes, on Saturday mornings at Icahn Stadium and the Al Oerter Recreation Center. Appropriate equipment is provided.

2020 schedule

Winter session: January–March, Al Oerter Recreation Center

Jan. 18, Jan. 25
Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, Feb. 29
March 7, March 14

Spring session: April–June, Al Oerter Recreational Center

April 11, April 18, April 25
May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30
June 6, June 13, June 20

In Schools: Rising New York Road Runners offers a free Adaptive Physical Education curriculum to schools. The curriculum includes resources for modifying exercises for children with disabilities, lesson plans, and web-based software for reporting and tracking progress. Equipment for use in the school is sometimes provided.

Events: Rising New York Road Runners provides youth wheelchair athletes entry to our free youth races, including those listed below, allowing participants to put the skills learned in training sessions to the test in a competitive atmosphere.

  • Rising New York Road Runners at the NYRR New York Mini 10K (June)
  • Rising New York Road Runners at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile (September)
  • TCS Run with Champions (November)

This program is for children who are dependent on a wheelchair to run. This includes kids with hypertonia, ataxia and/or athetosis, impaired muscle power, impaired passive muscle range of motion, and/or limb deficiency and those who do not wish to run with prosthetics.

This program also:

  • Measures the child for a racing chair to determine the optimal size and seating position to provide the best fit.
  • Helps athletes, coaches, teachers, and parents learn the components of the racing chair and how to get the most out of the child’s push.
  • Determines the best way for the child to push his or her chair (including body mechanics) and evaluates the best type of gloves to use for training.
  • Teaches children to push on the track and road. Each child learns the "rules of the track," which are intended to keep them and other racers safe.

If you know a child who may be interested in joining this program, please contact Rudy Garcia-Tolson via email or at 347-491-0331.

Saturday Morning 8:30 am
Apr 04 to Jun 13
Al Oerter Rec Center

Spring Training Sessions

Apr 04, 2020

Apr 11, 2020

Apr 18, 2020

Apr 25, 2020

May 02, 2020

May 09, 2020

May 16, 2020

May 23, 2020

May 30, 2020

Jun 06, 2020

Jun 13, 2020

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