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free youth wheelchair racing clinic 3 different dates this summer
Dear Friend of New York City Road Runners and New York City Parks:
We are excited to announce a brand-new resource for youth here in New York
City: a free youth wheelchair racing clinic taking place on three
different dates this summer.
New York Road Runners’ mission is to help and inspire people through
running, and that includes people of all ages and abilities. The clinics
will introduce youth ages 5-18 to the sport of wheelchair racing and
provide an opportunity to try it out. No previous wheelchair racing
experience is needed. We want to enable and engage the community of youth
athletes with disabilities and help ensure that opportunities like this
will lead to health, fitness, and goal-setting.
NYRR has been instrumental and leading this sport by providing racing
platforms at the professional level and to young racers at some of our key
events. Inspired by world-class professional wheelchair athletes such as
Tatyana McFadden, Ernst Van Dyk, and others, youth can learn the basics of
the sport and aspire to professional wheelchair racing themselves.
The clinic will cover racing chair components and proper seating, track
rules (helmets, lanes, impeding), basics of control and “the push,” and
more. Participants will be able to practice in chairs on rollers to
understand the motion and mechanics of pushing.
The clinic dates, times, and locations are here
Advance registration is required.
We hope you can join us and help spread the word as we continue to work
with all interested parties in the development of training programs for
youth athletes with disabilities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with
New York Road Runners
Race Director, TCS NYC Marathon
Pro Wheelchair Athletes