Expansion project for RaceRunning in the CPISRA's member countries
Facts about RaceRunning
1991 was a year of change for people suffering from Cerebral Palsy. The first RaceRunner saw the light of day and athletes with cerebral palsy could now start running forward instead of backwards.Past records were quickly broken, and before long CP-ISRA became aware of the potentials in the new sport. In 2002 the very first international RaceRunners camp was held, and since then the number of countries with active RaceRunning has risen steadily. In the last 20 years Denmark has turned RaceRunning into a national sport for certain groups of disabled, especially CP’s
There are now 6 clubs spread out over the country with a total of 75 athletes.
RaceRunning is basically running with a three wheeled bike. The RaceRunner can be compared to a racing bike but without pedals, and it is used for exercise as well as in competition, with speeds of up to 12 km pr. hour for the best runners, and track times of 400m in less than 2 min.
The active athletes experience an improvement of daily life in several ways:
- It is possible to practice your sport on equal terms with non-disabled athletes. There ar tournaments and competition on the same level as in non -disabled sports.
- Most athletes would not get any exercise, or only very little, if they did not run. Even people, who normally use electric wheelchair at all times, can use a RaceRunner.
- People who practice running regularly tend to have a lower risk of leg operations and can in some instances completely avoid them.
A RaceRunner currently costs approximately USD 1.500,- + shipping costs.
At our 12th International RaceRunners Camp & Cup, July 2008, a team from Portugal attended, along with individual athletes from Spain, Sweden, and Norway, whe re RaceRunning is not presently organised on a national level. Our goal is to promote RaceRunning both to more coun tries and to more people within each country.
In 2007 CP-ISRA contacted it’s member countries about their interest in the expansion of RaceRunning, and based on this research we have formulated the following three main goals:
- Any country who replied positively to CP-ISRA’s questionnaire must have an organised community of RaceRunners by 2015.
- It must become cheaper to buy a RaceRunner internationally, possibly through national produc tion with guidance from Danish consultants.
- CP-ISRA must offer RaceRunning at their tournaments like Fespic Games and Panam Games
As a first step towards these goals we want to strengthen and expand the Nordic cooperation by
offering active help.
- Advice concerning size and adaptation to the individual athlete, as well as on the production of RaceRunners.
- Free stay at the 3rd. CPISRA World Championship in RaceRunning & 13th Int. RaceRunners Camp & Cup, 4th. -11th. July 2009, for one trainer and one athlete. There will be time set aside at the camp for individual consultation.
If you wish to know more about the project, please call or write.
CPISRA RaceRunning Coordinator
House of Sports
Brøndby Stadium 20
Phone privat: +45 3645 3813
Office: +45 4326 2457
Mobile: +45 4084 2457