What Do I Need to Know about Wheelchair Racing?
Manuela Schaer , World Record, Wheelchair Racing
Manuela Schaer smashed the world record at the 2018 Berlin Marathon

Wheelchair racing is the racing of wheelchairs in track and road races. Wheelchair racing is open to athletes with any qualifying type of disability, amputees, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy and partially sighted (when combined with another disability). Athletes are classified in accordance with the nature and severity of their disability or combinations of disabilities.

Wheelchair racing is for anyone who has a qualifying disability. This includes athletes who are amputees, have spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, or even athletes with impaired vision (as long as they also have another disability.) Athletes will be classified based on the severity of their disability.

See also:Paris Marathon 2019


T51–T58 is the classification for track and field athletes who are in a wheelchair due to spinal cord injury or are an amputee. T51–T54 is for athletes in a wheelchair who are specifically competing in track events. (Such as wheelchair racing.)

Classification T54 is an athlete that is completely functional from the waist up. T53 athletes have restricted movement in their abdominals. T52 or T51 athletes have restricted movement in their upper limbs.

Athletes with cerebral palsy have different guidelines. Their classes range between T32–T38T32–T34 are athletes in a wheelchair. T35–T38 are athletes who can stand.

World Record Holder

Josh Cassidy (born November 15, 1984 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian wheelchair racer. In 2010, Cassidy won the London Marathon with a time of 1:35:21 seconds. In 2012, he won the 2012 Boston Marathon wheelchair race with a time of 1:18:25, which is the fastest wheelchair marathon time ever recorded, though won’t count as a world record due to the Boston Marathon course being ineligible for world records.  The marathon has an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles; 26 miles 385 yards), usually run as a road race.

The official Record holder of the Female race is Manuela Schaer from Switzerland who smashed the world record at the 2018 Berlin Marathon on 16th September 2018  she clocked 1:36:53, more than a minute faster than the previous record time she shared with Japan’s Wakako Tsuchida, set back in 2013.


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