Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program
About Us. Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program is a non-profit (501c3), one of a kind mainstream and inclusion based running, walking, and wheelchair racing team serving challenged individuals.  A true inclusion program, Rolling Thunder integrates special needs individuals with their typical peers at all team practices, races and events.  The club originated in 1998, with less than 15 athletes.  Today, Rolling Thunder’s roster includes over 200 members! Rolling Thunder is a nationally recognized team, training athletes several days a week, year round to successfully compete in road and cross-country races, as well as track and field meets.  Rolling Thunder trains athletes to reach their maximum potential, by providing discipline and structure in a supportive and competitive atmosphere.  Rolling Thunder’s green uniforms have become a familiar sight on Long Island’s competitive running circuit. Rolling Thunder athletes, have the opportunity to compete in at least 20 mainstream races across Long Island each year.  Races are 5K (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles) or Fun Runs (1 mile) distances.  Experienced athletes may also compete in longer distance races including 15K (9.3 miles), half marathons, and marathons.  Team members also have the option to compete in several track and field meets during their respective seasons, which is usually in the spring and summer.  Rolling Thunder athletes also may have the opportunity to compete in mainstream national competitions, including the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics, Walt Disney World Marathon weekend, and other overnight trips.  Team members also may have the opportunity to compete international competitions, including the Paralympics and INAS (The International Association of Sport for Para-athletes with an intellectual disability).  Traveling as team members provides challenged athletes with increased opportunities for socialization.  Rolling Thunder holds annual social events to give athletes opportunities to socialize since this is difficult to find for challenged individuals.
Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program
About Us. Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program is a non- profit (501c3), one of a kind mainstream and inclusion based running, walking, and wheelchair racing team serving challenged individuals.  A true inclusion program, Rolling Thunder integrates special needs individuals with their typical peers at all team practices, races and events.  The club originated in 1998, with less than 15 athletes.  Today, Rolling Thunder’s roster includes over 200 members! Rolling Thunder is a nationally recognized team, training athletes several days a week, year round to successfully compete in road and cross-country races, as well as track and field meets.  Rolling Thunder trains athletes to reach their maximum potential, by providing discipline and structure in a supportive and competitive atmosphere.  Rolling Thunder’s green uniforms have become a familiar sight on Long Island’s competitive running circuit. Rolling Thunder athletes, have the opportunity to compete in at least 20 mainstream races across Long Island each year.  Races are 5K (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles) or Fun Runs (1 mile) distances.  Experienced athletes may also compete in longer distance races including 15K (9.3 miles), half marathons, and marathons.  Team members also have the option to compete in several track and field meets during their respective seasons, which is usually in the spring and summer.  Rolling Thunder athletes also may have the opportunity to compete in mainstream national competitions, including the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics, Walt Disney World Marathon weekend, and other overnight trips.  Team members also may have the opportunity to compete international competitions, including the Paralympics and INAS (The International Association of Sport for Para-athletes with an intellectual disability).  Traveling as team members provides challenged athletes with increased opportunities for socialization.  Rolling Thunder holds annual social events to give athletes opportunities to socialize since this is difficult to find for challenged individuals.