Frame Running is a sport specifically for disabled athletes with a weakened balance. Athletes are assisted by a three-wheeled frame (a running bike) with a saddle and a body support. The most standout feature is there are no pedals. During competitions, athletes race on a track and road and cover standard distances like 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres. Longer distances like 10,000 metres, a half marathon and full marathon are also raced. The sport originated in Denmark in 1991 and the invention of the tricycle ‘learner bike’ has provided people with cerebral palsy, amputees, and arthritis sufferers the opportunity to take part in the sport.
Originally a race was completed on a wheelchair going backwards, but with the contemporary design and the forward movement, a typical 100 metre race was completed at least ten seconds faster. From the early 1990s Frame Running began to be introduced not only in Copenhagen, but also other areas of Denmark. Over the next two decades more clubs were established, including the beginning of an international awareness of the sport through training camps.
Cerebral Palsy Sport works in close association with the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CRISPA) as the leading international sports organisations governing and promoting sport and recreation for Cerebral Palsy.