Paralympic Runners

What paralympic runners have to do get to the paralympics


By: Aiden Ragsdale, Journalist

The Paralympic Games is a global multi-sport event where athletes with physical disabilities compete against each other. The athletes, including Paralympics runners, inspire millions of people worldwide and help to break down societal stereotypes surrounding disability. Paralympic runners are unique in their craft, requiring immense strength, precision, and dedication to achieve top-tier medals.

Paralympic runners are classified based on their disability, including visual impairments, amputations, and chest-down paralysis. With each category comes unique challenges, and runners must train meticulously to account for these challenges. For visually impaired runners, guides run beside them to aid with tracking and give verbal instructions. Amputees may use prosthetics tailored for running, while those with paralysis use a racing chair.

These athletes’ strength is nothing short of remarkable, particularly as they overcome challenges that able-bodied athletes could only imagine. The Paralympic runners often train twice as hard as Olympic runners, with their disability adding additional obstacles to their already grueling training schedules. Besides, Paralympic runners’ intense focus and respect for competition not only demonstrates the grit required of elite athletes but also highlights the profound mental strength required to compete at such a high level.

Furthermore, Paralympic runners have worked hard to challenge negative societal attitudes towards disability, demonstrating that such classifications do not dictate their ability to excel in other areas of life. They strive to achieve their goals and prove that disability is not a limitation but rather an opportunity to showcase their strength, determination, and resiliency.

In conclusion, Paralympic runners are a prime example of the incredible athletes who compete at the highest level. Their strength, hard work, and resilience not only make them champions on the track but also role models to us all, inspiring society to see past their disability and recognize them for the exceptional athletes they are.


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