Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K




Kessler Foundation:

The Kessler Foundation 17th Annual Wheelchair 10K
This race is the wheelchair division of the d'Elia Ridgewood Run,
one of the most prestigious 10K's in the Northeast.

Memorial Day Monday, May 29th 2017
Ridgewood, NJ
Graydon Park & Pool – 218 Northern Pkwy, Ridgewood, NJ 07450. 
Racers compete for $15,900 in cash prize awards!

This year’s race will again be sanctioned as the Adaptive Track and Field USA (ATFUSA) 10K Championship

The course is a fast, flat double loop through the suburban streets of Northern NJ. 

Prize money will be awarded in nine different divisions (Depending on Attendance)

The Race starts in the AM, Check Application for Time.

This event is one of the largest integrated races in the country,
as wheelchair athletes compete on the same course, at the same time, as the runners.   
Wheelchair racers from around the world will kick-off the series of seven events that comprise
the Fred d’Elia Memorial Day Ridgewood Run.  
With the support of the North Jersey Masters, the Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K has grown to one of the largest 10K’s in the country. 
Other event sponsors include: Global Risk Consultants, and EZRide.  The Wheelchair 10K begins at 8:15 am, with registration opening at 7 am.  Registration is $25 per racer.  All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt.  Kessler Foundation will host a brief awards ceremony with refreshments immediately following the Wheelchair 10K.

Kessler Foundation is the largest public charity supporting people with disabilities. Kessler Foundation Research Center improves the quality of life for people with physical and cognitive disabilities through rehabilitation research in its six specialized laboratories under the leadership of noted research directors--Human Performance & Engineering Research, Neuropsychology & Neuroscience, Outcomes & Assessment Research, Spinal Cord Injury Research, Stroke Rehabilitation Research, and Traumatic Brain Injury Research.  While the staff of each laboratory has expertise in a particular area, collaboration often enhances progress toward finding ways to overcome the obstacles faced by people with disabilities caused by brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, arthritis, and other chronic neurological and orthopedic conditions.  

Kessler Foundation Program Center focuses on solutions to address the persistently high rates of unemployment among people with disabilities. Through strategic funding and philanthropic leadership, Kessler Foundation has invested more than $20 million in programs to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in the workforce. Creating job opportunities through development, placement, employer education, and social enterprise has enabled greater independence and economic self-sufficiency.  Kessler Foundation Program Center provides assistance to community organizations that create employment programs or integration opportunities for people with disabilities. Grant recipients include national and local organizations whose missions complement that of Kessler Foundation.


Race Contact:
-  2017  Application
-  The Kessler Wheelchair 10K Online registration closes on Thursday, May 25.
-   If you wish to register after that date, please email the
    Kessler Wheelchair 10K Race Director.
    Race Director, Angela Smith.
-   973-530-3657


Host Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Paramus

The Kessler Foundation will be providing shuttle transportation between the host hotel Holiday Inn Express Paramus and Graydon Park (Kessler Wheelchair 10K start/finish line)

Prize Money:


          Male       Female                               

1st     $2000 $2000        $1000             $1000                 $400      

2nd    $1000 $1000           $500              $500                    $200  

3rd     $500   $500            $400               $400

4th     $400   $400            $300               $300

5th     $300   $300           $200               $200

6th     $200   $200

7th     $100   $100 

                        E*ATHLETE                                 JUNIORS   

              Male          Female                         Male          Female    

1st          $300     $300                        $200         $200

2nd         $150     $150                        $100         $100  

  • Masters must be 40 years of age or older on race day
  • Grandmasters must be 50 years of age or older on race day
  • E*Athletes must be at least 19, but under 22 on race day
  • Juniors must be under 19 on race day



Course records go to the Grand Prix page


CR= Course Record
Wheelchair Race Rating 4 - Great race management, Respect for the wheelchair athletes, Good Prize money, some hills but relatively flat.  The course is fast and loops back on its self so spectators can see the athletes at the start, at 2 miles, at 5 miles and at the finish. Rating 1 to 5 where 5 is the best 
Course Records: See Grand Prix Records  

This site was last updated 03/15/17