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Winners Announced for 2023's Shepherd Center Wheelchair Division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race

Daniel Romanchuk, Susannah Scaroni race to another first place finish.

Thousands of spectators watched the 42nd Shepherd Center Wheelchair Division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race on July 4, 2023, cheering on the best wheelchair racers in the world in Atlanta's iconic race.

This year, Susannah Scaroni, 31, Urbana, Illinois, won the women’s open division with finishing time of 22:11 and will take home a $10,000 prize for her first place finish. This is her third win. In the men’s open, Daniel Romanchuk, 24, of Champaign, Illinois, took the crown to win with a finishing time of 19:28. It is his sixth win and comes with a $10,000 prize.

“We are thrilled to welcome the world’s most elite racers back to Atlanta for Shepherd Center's Wheelchair Division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race,” 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.

Learn more about the results from the Shepherd Center Wheelchair Division of The Atlanta-Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race. 

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.