Track & Field
Try your skills at racing on the track, throwing the shot put, discus, and javelin, or flying high in the long jump! Try adaptive track and field recreationally for strength and endurance or go for the chance to be on the competitive team.
DASA is fortunate to have disabled-specific equipment available for use during the season. Athletes will work on running distances from 60m to 1600m and will work on throwing the discus, the shot put, and the javelin!
The DASA Dynamite Track and Field Team has been competing since 1998. The team consists of disabled athletes competing in stand-up events, as well as athletes competing in racing chairs and field chairs.
- Athletes with little or no use of their legs typically use a racing chair to run (racing chair is more efficient if you also have functional use of both arms). Athletes with CP and Visual Impairments typically run.
- Athletes are Classified/evaluated for their strength and coordination and classified in ability-like classes. This evens the playing field and ensures the most successful competition.
Adaptive track and field events consist of those sanctioned by USA Track and Field. Like swimming, athletes compete against other athletes of the same age group and functional abilities. Track and Field is also a Paralympic Sport. Track and Field season is March through July.
Exhibitions & Competitions
Local St. Louis & Columbia Area
There are many Adaptive Track & Field Team Competitions and Exhibition games around the St. Louis and Columbia areas. Keep an eye on our calendar for dates, times, and locations.
DASA hosts a large competition every year in May. The Gateway Games offers competition for track and field, archery, boccia, paralympic powerlifting, and swimming.
The DASA Competition Team will also travel to several out of state competitions. Keep an eye on our calendar for dates, times, and locations.
Athletes with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, amputations, limb deficiencies, and other congenital anomalies, from all over the United States and several foreign countries ages, 7-21 years, compete in Olympic-style events including archery, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, and track and field.
Paralympic track and field competition is open to male and female athletes with physical disabilities such as dwarfism, amputation/limb loss, blindness/visual impairment, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users, and cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke.
We are so proud to have a 3-time Paralympic medalist in the sport of track as part of our DASA family! Thank you Kerri Morgan for representing DASA and Team USA!
Interested in joining the DASA Dynamites? Contact us today!
Resources & High School Track & Field
Track and field events for students with physical disabilities can be easily integrated into existing local school track and field events in regular and post-season competition. Learn more here: Athletics for All.
Participate in Track & Field this Season
Participating in Track & Field or any one of DASA’s disabled competitive team sports is a wonderful way to socialize, build comradery, become physically fit, gain independence, develop self-confidence, and achieve great things. Please join us this season!
To get started, please fill out the New Athlete Form first, then fill out the registration form for the sport you’d like to play, and be sure to check out our calendar for the latest information. If you need assistance, contact us today. 636-477-0716
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