Winners Announced for 2015 Wheelchair Division of the Peachtree Road Race
Despite the rain, thousands of spectators turned out today to watch this year’s Wheelchair Division of the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. The 34th annual 10K race drew 68 wheelchair athletes from eight countries.
This year, Tatyana McFadden, 26, of Clarksville, Md., won the women’s open division with a first-place finishing time of 23:57:23. She also won the race in 2010-2012 and in 2014. In the men’s open, Kurt Fearnley, 34, of Australia, took the crown to win with a finishing time of 20:55:16. It was his third win; he previously won in 2007 and 2008.
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 a post-race brunch at the hospital. Shepherd Center, which organizes the race, doled out cash prizes totaling $37,000. 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 and Mobility Works were the Silver Sponsors. Other sponsors were Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel and Global Flowers. Sponsors provided pre-and post-race brunches, defraying travel and lodging expenses for racers, and awarding cash prizes to winners.
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 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year.