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Speed, endurance, will. These are the elements all great track athletes possess. They can also prove critical in a
  Soldier's recovery. The track events combine traditional running with adaptive elements like wheelchair racing and tandem running for the visually impaired.


  • Track consists of races in standing and racing chair categories at distances of 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 1500 meters and a mixed classification 4×100 meters’ relay.
  • Field events include seated shot put, standing shot put, seated discus and standing discus. Weights of the shot put and discus vary for men and women, as well as, for the seated and standing variations.


  • Athletes compete in different classification categories based on functional abilities including impaired muscle power/range of movement, limb deficiency and visual impairment.
  • Athletes with lower function and/or impaired balance use specialized equipment; Track – Racing Chair; Field – Throwing Chair.


  • Racing chairs are designed to be light-weight for efficiency. Prosthetics are designed to withstand a large amount of ground forces produced by the athletes wearing them.
  • The evolution of prosthetics was grown to include sophisticated knees that function much like a human knee to carbon fiber blades worn by the sprinters.
  • VI athletes in track events use assistance from a sighted guide during their events.