Winners Announced for 2021's Historic Shepherd Center AJC Peachtree Road Race Wheelchair Division
After going virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AJC Peachtree Road Race Shepherd Center Wheelchair Division Returns
After going virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shepherd Center's Wheelchair Division of the AJC Peachtree Road Race returned to in-person racing on July 4, 2021, welcoming the best wheelchair racers in the world to Atlanta's iconic race.
This year, Tatyana McFadden, 32, of Clarksville, Maryland, won the women’s open division with a first-place finishing time of 24:07.52. This is her eighth win. In the men’s open, Daniel Romanchuk, 20, of Champaign, Illinois, took the crown to win with a finishing time of 19:04.09. It is his fourth win.
“We were thrilled to once again welcome an elite field of racers to Shepherd Center’s Wheelchair Division of the AJC Peachtree Road Race,” said Rebecca Washburn, MS, manager of Shepherd Center’s Beyond Therapy® and wellness programs. “These athletes are an incredible display of dedication, perseverance and athleticism as they speed up Cardiac Hill and past Shepherd Center. This race was particularly special because it marks both our 40th year and a return to in-person racing.”
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, passing Shepherd Center, before slicing through the heart of Midtown to the finish line at 10th Street and Piedmont Park. The race is 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 following the race.
The Atlanta Track Club was the platinum sponsor of the event, and MARTA was the silver sponsor. Other donors included JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead, the Kyle Pease Foundation and Halls Atlanta Flowers. Sponsors defrayed travel and lodging expenses for racers and awarded cash prizes to winners.
Photos by Steve Schaefer
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 neurological 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 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.