Winners Announced for 2016 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 35th annual 10K race drew 62 wheelchair athletes from six countries.
This year, Tatyana McFadden, 27, of Clarksville, Md., won the women’s open division with a first-place finishing time of 23:14.56. She also won the race in 2010-2012, 2014 and 2015. In the men’s open, Josh George, 31, of Champaigne, Ill., took the crown to win with a finishing time of 20:19.18. 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 Piedmont Park following the race. Then, racers attended a post-race brunch at Shepherd Center and its Junior Committee, which helps organize the race, doled out cash prizes totaling $43,000. 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. Sponsors provided pre-and post-race brunches, defraying travel and lodging expenses for racers, and awarding 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.
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.