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What is Frame Running?

Posted on 9th Nov 2022

Learn about Frame Running

What is Frame Running?

Frame Running, commonly known also as Race Running, is a recreational sport designed for people with a physical disability and/or balance challenges, who are not able to functionally run, regardless of age. Frame Running is a liberating sport and running frames are frequently used by children and adults with Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, with effects of a stroke, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, or general balance and mobility challenges to propel themselves on their own and engage their major muscle groups.

Cycling technology for people with disability such as the Frame Runner provides the opportunity to walk and run freely under their own power. Frame Runners in Australia can get involved in Frame Running with family, friends, or even on the sports field with teammates.

Grey Paralympic frame runner for adults

What is a Frame Runner?

Frame Runners are adaptive bikes for people with balance and mobility issues. The Frame Runner bike consists of a three-wheeled frame with a saddle and body supports and no pedals, allowing the runner to steer with their hands.

The Race Runner (brand of frame runner) was invented in 1991 in Denmark and over the last thirty years, it is evident that Frame Running and cycling technology continue to give both adults and children independence. It can provide a runner with a whole new perspective, range of opportunities as well as a wide range of social interaction and learning experiences.

Green Paralympic frame runner for kids

Assistive technology for people living with disability in Australia is evolving, with Frame Running providing significant opportunities for people with disability to simply enjoy running. Over thirty years later since its invention, Frame Running is now a growing, global sport endorsed by World Para Athletics, with the Frame Runner acting as a Paralympic frame runner for adults.

It can be challenging for individuals with mobility issues to find a sport they can participate in as kids, teens, or adults. The great news is that a disability does not have to prevent a person with mobility issues from taking part in sports and outdoor activities and there is a whole world of sports designed for kids, teens and adults with different levels of mobility.

The Frame Runner is a very effective way of improving overall fitness, strength and physical and emotional well-being. Frame Running has many benefits for children and adults which include but are not limited to, developing a greater sense of wellbeing, encouraging new friendships, and navigating the outdoors.

If you are interested in trialing a Frame Runner for the first time you can fill out the enquiry form or contact Race Running Australia to connect with more athletes.

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