This page encompasses the basics of wheelchair racing for track, marathons, road racing, and other rim-pushing athletic events. In the future, we will add other adaptive Track & Field events.

There are few sports purer than a simple race, and the high intensity battle between streamlined wheelchairs is no different. No gears, no fancy tech, only pure human pushing across the line. However, like professional track, equipment plays a critical role, and people battle for the tenth of a second advantage a minor customization might provide.

How Racing Works

Check out the key facts and equipment info to get started, but make sure to check out the Instructional Videos to see how it really looks.


Equipment Options

Unlike most adaptive sports, racing chairs look almost identical across the sport. However, material differences and fine-tuned adjustments make significant differences based on differing needs and body types.

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Injury Level Considerations

Trunk strength makes a significant difference at competitive levels, but racing offers opportunities for many ability levels. Dump, push rim diameter, and other aspects allow people to adapt to their bodies.

Ease of Access

Because of its prevalence in elite competitions, including the Paralympics, racing is fairly common in metro areas around the US.

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Adjustable Racing Chairs


Custom Aluminum Racing Chairs


Custom Carbon Racing Chairs


Equipment Options

Check out the equipment options available. Specific accommodations exist for differing injury levels, but most racing chairs look very similar and differ in materials and performance features.

Starting to get gear envy?

The KBF Active Fund will cover up to 100% of need for eligible applicants with SCI to purchase their own adaptive sports equipment.

Instructional Videos

We’ve partnered with the world-class Track & Field team at the University of Arizona to create in-depth resources for all aspects of racing. Learn more about their UA Adaptive Athletics here.

Think we’re missing something? Email [email protected] to help us fill the gaps.

Basics Equipment Competition Transfers

Racing Overview - Greg (T4)

Racing: Rules & Competitive Overview

Racing vs. Able-Bodied Running

Racing: Pushing Technique

Racing: Steering & Track Compensator

Racing: Braking & High Speed

Racing: Chair Comparison

Racing: Wheel Options

Racing: Pushrim Size

Racing: Chair Fit & Measurements

Racing: Gear - Chelsea (SB)

Racing: Competitive Classification

Racing: Competitive Gear

Racing: Chair Transfer - Dustin (SB)

Racing: Chair Transfer - Chelsea (SB)

Racing: Chair Transfer - Greg (T4)

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