Winners Announced for 2017 Wheelchair Division of the AJC Peachtree Road Race
Thousands of spectators turned out today to watch this year’s Wheelchair Division of the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. The 36th annual 10K race drew 62 wheelchair athletes from seven countries.
This year, Tatyana McFadden, 27, of Clarksville, Maryland, won the women’s open division with a first-place finishing time of 23:15.51. She also won the race in 2010-2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In the men’s open, Daniel Romanchuk, 18, of Urbana, Illinois, took the crown to win with a finishing time of 20:02.76. It was his first win.
The 6.2-mile competition began on Lenox Road in the heart of Buckhead, Atlanta’s shopping district, and followed Peachtree Road for six miles before slicing through the heart of Midtown to the finish line at 10th Street and Piedmont Park. The race is the one of the largest and fastest wheelchair 10Ks in the country.
The top finishers in each division received peach-shaped crystalline trophies in a ceremony at Shepherd Center following the race. Then, racers attended a post-race brunch and its Junior Committee, which helps organize the race, doled out cash prizes. Numerous Shepherd Center volunteers and staff members coordinated race logistics, including reviewing applications, orchestrating the start and finish, monitoring the times and overseeing the needs of the athletes.
The Atlanta Track Club was the platinum sponsor of the event, and MARTA was the silver sponsor. Other donors included Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel, the Kyle Pease Foundation and Global Flowers. Sponsors provided pre-and post-race brunches, defrayed travel and lodging expenses for racers and awarded cash prizes to winners.
A complete list of Wheelchair Division winners and more race information is availabe as a PDF download above. Additional race results are available at atlantatrackclub.org.
Photos by Kevin Liles
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