Rising New York Road Runners Wheelchair Training Program

Rising New York Road Runners Wheelchair Training Program is a free, year-round program for youth with physical disabilities ages 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

  - Full Schedule: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14

Spring session: April–June, Al Oerter Recreational Center

  -Full Schedule: 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20

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 New Balance 5th Ave Mile (September 8, 2019)
   -TCS Run with Champions (November 1, 2019) 
   -Rising New York Road Runners at the United Airlines NYC Half (March 2020)
   -Rising New York Road Runners at the NYRR New York Mini 10K (June 2020) 


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 email Rudy Garcia-Tolson at rgtolson@nyrr.org or call: 347-491-0331.

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