Athletics is one of the most popular Paralympic sports. Athletics was included in the competition program of the first Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome. It involves the largest number of male and female athletes and the largest number of events. Participants in the Paralympic Games are athletes with varying disabilities including cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, amputations, visual impairments, intellectual impairments, short stature, and other physical disabilities. The competition program includes running events, throwing and jumping events, relay events, and the marathon. Athletes may compete in a wheelchair, using a prosthetic (artificial limb), or with the assistance of a guide.

To access all resources including records, rulebooks, results, training information, etc. for track and field, please visit the Adaptive Track & Field USA website using the link to the right.

Competition Descriptions

  • 100 meters
  • 200 meters
  • 400 meters
  • 800 meters
  • 1500 meters
  • 5000 meters
  • 10000 meters
  • Marathon

World Para Athletics offers only one relay on its program:

  • Universal Relay 4 x 100m – Mixed gender and classification relay

Relays offered at the national level:

  • 4 x 100m
  • 4 x 400m
  • 800m Medley
  • Universal Relay
  • Club
  • Discus
  • Javelin
  • Shot Put

Field is contested either seated or standing.

  • Seated classifications: F31-34, F51-57
  • Standing classifications: F11-13, F20, F35-38, F40-47, F61-64

The athlete’s classification and age group will determine the weight of the implements thrown.

The jump events use track classifications.

  • Long Jump
  • High Jump
  • Triple Jump