Race Events

Wheelchair racing events explained..

Wheelchair racing is the racing of wheelchairs in track and road races. Like running, it can take place on a track or as a road race. The main competitions take place at the Summer Paralympics which wheelchair racing and athletics have been a part of since 1960.

The distances involved in wheelchair racing track events include:

  • Sprint distances – 100m, 200m and 400m
  • Middle distances – 800m and 1500m
  • Long distances – 5,000m and 10,000m
  • Relay races – 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m.

Track races are set on the normal athletics running track which each participant occupies one (1) or individual lane. But as for the relay races, each team is allocated to occupy two (2) lanes. So every relay races can only accommodate four (4) teams per event at one time, based upon on an eight (8) lanes running track.

There is also a road event which is normally known as the wheelchair marathon.


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