36th Annual Wheelchair Division of the Peachtree Road Race Set for July 4
Sixty-two wheelchair racers are scheduled to compete in one of nation's largest and fastest wheelchair 10Ks.
The 36th annual Wheelchair Division of the Peachtree Road Race kicks off at 6:43 a.m. July 4. Sixty-two world-class wheelchair racers – 54 men and eight women ranging in age from 10 to 64 – are expected to compete.
This year, the race – founded and sponsored by Shepherd Center – draws athletes from seven countries, including Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Venezuela and the United States.
Shepherd Center will share race results, photos and video via the hospital's social media channels during and after the event. Follow us on Facebook, via Twitter at @ShepherdCenter and on Instagram at “shepherdcenter.”
The Wheelchair Division follows the course set for the Peachtree Road Race foot racers – 6.2 miles down Peachtree Road, starting at Lenox Road and ending on 10th Street at Piedmont Park in Midtown.
If you are near Shepherd Center, be sure to join our staff, patients and their families as they line the race route along Peachtree Road in front of the hospital to cheer on the wheelers and runners. If you can't make it to Peachtree Road on July 4, tune in to 11Alive/WXIA-TV for live race coverage beginning at 6 a.m.
The full roster of athletes and a "Fast Facts" sheet are available here.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Ga., is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and is a 152-bed facility. Last year Shepherd Center had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd Center sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis. For more information, visit Shepherd Center online at www.shepherd.org