Every tool or vehicle is invented because of solving a problem. There are millions of issues in the world, and there are millions of solutions for them. Running was a problem for those with cerebral palsy and the others who had problems with their feet or wheelchair users. Race runner was a solution. Mansoor Siddiqi invented race runner, a Danish athlete with cerebral palsy and a wheelchair user, to have a safer chair that the user could steer without breaking with the feet in the ’90s Denmark.
The racerunner bike was an equipment for a sport called race running or frame running during the time. About 30 countries hold this sport as an international sport around the world. Race running has a more prominent role in Europan Union like Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Nederland, Germany, Scotland and others plus Brasil, USA and Australia.
What is a race runner?
Race runner is a custom-built frame with three wheels that causes more support for the runner’s balance and makes running more comfortable. This vehicle lets the user walk, jog, or run, which is not a special vehicle for just running. This equipment’s design is somehow that the users can use it indoors or outdoors, only needing a stable surface.
The low center of gravity and frame is designed for good stability and poise while running or walking. The saddle unit counteracts lateral sway, and the user can take a short rest by laying on the saddle or go on the way with that position because the feet are free to move.
Race running is an active sport full of fun and enjoyment, which can happen with family, friends, or even in the sports field with teammates.
What types does it have?
RaceRunning equipment is a custom-built frame that can cover every age and gender. There are different sizes of race runners for kids, juniors, and adults. And other parts are designed to fit the race runner for different users based on their physical conditions.
Who can use race runner?
As it was mentioned in previous blog articles before, CPISRA manages the CP sport internationally included RaceRunning. They have developed a classification system only for CP athletes with specific profiles. Besides being included in the CPISRA Games, RaceRunning has also featured on the program for IPC and IWAS Youth Games. As of 2018, RaceRunning is a recognized Para-Athletics event; however, it is not currently on the Paralympic program.
The following classification is based on CRISPA had determined for the race running and the people with disabilities who are eligible to participate in this amazing sport:
- Athetosis/ Chorea
You can check the link above for more information about the Race runner eligibility.
How the race runner users classified?
Race running classification is not limiting the racerunner users in competitions. The whole intention of classifying is to minimize the impact of impairment on the outcome of the competitions. How? Classification helps find the racerunner users’ sports abilities and levels and lets them compete with the people with the same conditions to have a fair and balanced competition and outcomes. The three classifications of Race running sport are as follow.
This group refers to those athletes with severe Severe involvement of lower limbs and trunk, ineffective leg propulsion, poor trunk control, and upper limb involvement.
The RR2 is about a group of athletes with Moderate involvement of lower limbs and trunk: asymmetry but more effective propulsion than RR1.
The RR3 group refers to those athletes with Mild to moderate involvement of one or both upper limbs, fair to reasonable trunk control. Good push-off and no startle reflex.
How does Race runner help?
Racerunning has lots of advantages for the users. A racerunner helps with physical, psychological, and social dimensions for the user.
Physical advantages of race runner
Muscle strengthening, improving the cardiovascular functions, increasing the flexibility and the coordination of the brain and the whole body, limiting the balance disorders, increasing the ability to travel faster and longer are all the physical advantages of the race runner.
Mental and psychological advantages of race runners
Equipment for recreational leisure, improving independence and self-esteem, increasing learning skills, judgment skills, and cognitive skills, decreasing mental diseases like depression and loneliness by being with friends are some of the most significant mental and psychological advantages of racerunner and race running.
Social advantages of race runners
Finding new friends and teammates, sharing ideas with friends, connecting to new people with the help of friends, finding the opportunities to take part in the greatest champions and competitions by finding related connections and proper ways, sharing the outdoor experiences with family members, and have fun together are the most significant advantages of racerunning.