Winners Announced for 2014 Wheelchair Division of the Peachtree Road Race
Thousands of spectators turned out today to watch this year’s Wheelchair Division of the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. The annual 10K race drew 60 wheelchair athletes from nine countries.
This year, Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville, Md., won the women’s open division with a first-place finishing time of 23:17. She also won the race in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In the men’s open, Krige Schabort of Rome, Ga., took the crown to win with a finishing time of 20:30. It was his fifth 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 Piedmont Park, while cash prizes totaling $34,000 were doled out at a post-race brunch at Shepherd Center, which organizes the race. 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.
Shepherd Center’s Junior Committee was the Presenting Sponsor, Atlanta Track Club was the Platinum Sponsor and MARTA was the Silver Sponsor. Other sponsors were Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel, Global Flowers and Red Bull. Sponsors provided pre-and post-race brunches, defraying travel and lodging expenses for racers, and awarding cash prizes to winners.
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Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 743 inpatients, 277 day program patients and more than 7,161 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.