Winners Announced for 2022's Shepherd Center Wheelchair Division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race
Course record falls as Susannah Scaroni races to another first place finish.
Thousands of spectators watched the 41st Shepherd Center Wheelchair Division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race on July 4, 2022, cheering on the best wheelchair racers in the world in Atlanta's iconic race.
This year, Susannah Scaroni, 30, Urbana, Illinois, won the women’s open division. Scaroni broke the women's course record with finishing time of 21:18 and will take home a $53,000 bonus on top of a $7,500 prize for her first place finish. This is her second win. In the men’s open, Daniel Romanchuk, 23, of Champaign, Illinois, took the crown to win with a finishing time of 18:39. It is his fifth win and comes with a $7,500 prize.
“We are thrilled to have offered a deep prize purse for the wheelchair division as we continue to push for growth and equality in racing,” said Rebecca Washburn, MS, manager of Shepherd Center’s Beyond Therapy® and wellness programs. “The athletes in the wheelchair division embody hard work and hope as they speed up Cardiac Hill and past Shepherd Center.”
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 country's largest and fastest wheelchair 10Ks.
The first place finishers in the open men’s, women’s, and quad divisions received peach-shaped crystalline trophies in a ceremony following the race.
The Atlanta Track Club was the event's platinum sponsor, 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.
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.