New York Road Runners Wheelchair Athletes Show their Stuff
15 November 2018

On Thursday, November 1st, the young athletes of the Rising New York Road Runners Wheelchair Training Program raced as part of the TCS Run with Champions, cheered on by professional athletes.

The year-round program provides free weekly training sessions to wheelchair athletes between the ages 6 to 21. It helps participants select best-fitting equipment, optimize movement, and learn track etiquette. The program also offers a free Adaptive Physical Education curriculum, and sometimes equipment, to schools.

Free races throughout the year, like the TCS Run with Champions heat, give trainees a chance to put their racing skills into practice. In September, program participants, including Logan, raced in the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile.

With support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a Paralympic multi-athlete and the first double above-knee amputee to complete the Ironman Triathlon, was hired to join the program. SNF has supported New York Road Runners since 2012.