Who Pushes Who?
Anyone with a special need (child or adult) is eligible to participate as a Track Commander (rider) in a Speed for Need event. A special need can be a physical or cognitive disability (examples: Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, etc) or recovering from a disease (examples: Breast Cancer, Sarcoma, etc) or a variety of other things. Typically, a Track Commander is an individual that would not be able to complete the race on their own accord.
Please complete the below Track Commander information form if you or your child is interested in riding as a Track Commander with Speed for Need. After you submit the information form, you will automatically be redirected to electronically sign our required event waiver.
What happens next?
The hardest part is done. You committed to riding with Speed for Need. We will reach out to confirm your participation in an event. We will also confirm a date and time to meet with you to learn more about you and/or your rider and ensure that you are comfortable with our chairs and the plan for race day. We want you to meet your event leader and drivers. We want you to see, feel and sit in our chairs. Most importantly we want to make sure you are ready to smile and laugh your way to the finish line.
Who Pushes Who?
WHY DOES SFN REFER TO A PERSON RIDING IN THE RACING CHAIR AS A TRACK COMMANDER?
In US military terms, the Track Commander is always the highest ranking officer in the vehicle. Similarly in any SFN event, we believe the most important person is the person riding in the racing chair, the Track Commander. This is why the Track Commander always leads the way and crosses the finish line first.file.
DOES PARTICIPATION IN A SFN EVENT AS A TRACK COMMANDER COST ANYTHING?
Absolutely not! The race entry is always free for Track Commanders. We are honored that you are giving us the opportunity to get you, as the Track Commander, to the finish line. We also provide SFN swag in the form of an event t-shirt and medal to all Track Commanders! Drivers and supporters must pay their own event entry fee. Typically, our Event Q’s will try to obtain a discount code for any F3 Nation pax that are running with SFN.
IS THERE A HEIGHT AND WEIGHT REQUIREMENT FOR A TRACK COMMANDER TO RIDE IN A SFN RACING CHAIR?
The tallest TC we have pushed (so far) in a race was 6’3” and he had to bend his legs a little to fit in the racing chair. The maximum weight of a TC the racing chair can accommodate is 200lbs. The racing chairs are not designed for babies, infants, and most toddlers who may be too small to fit in the strapping system and may not sit still. If you have any further questions, please reach out directly to set up some time to see and test out the racing chair.
DOES SFN RUN IN EVENTS ALL YEAR?
SFN is busy making an impact in our communities year round. However, due to the colder weather, and because the safety and enjoyment of our Track Commanders are our top priority, our event calendar usually starts in early March and ends around the end of November. However, SFN also leads speaking engagements in an effort to raise awareness for social causes, foster inclusion, and otherwise connect Track Commanders with F3 Nation and the overall fitness community.