At 20 years old, American Daniel Romanchuk is the youngest winner of the Boston Marathon’s Men’s Push Rim Wheelchair event.
Daniel Made History Today
Daniel Romanchuk had a HUGE day at Boston today. While battling rainy conditions, the 20-year-old pushed through to achieve an amazing feat – he’s the first American to win in the men’s wheelchair division since 1993 – and the youngest ever to win this division!
Your 2019 Boston Marathon Men’s Push Rim Wheelchair champion, Daniel Romanchuk!???? pic.twitter.com/XhCuuFfgi7
— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 15, 2019
His Time was the Fastest Ever By An American
Romanchuk’s time of 1:21:36 is the fastest ever for an American in the wheelchair division. He finished three minutes ahead of Japan’s Masazumi Soejima. He was quoted saying, “I knew it was possible, it was just a matter of everything coming together.”
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— Abbott WMMajors (@WMMajors) April 15, 2019
Romanchuk has a Wildly Impressive Record
We’ll say it again – this athlete is only 20-years-old. And this isn’t his first exciting feat. In November, he became the first American man ever to win the wheelchair division at the New York Marathon. He also finished first in Chicago.
He’s Been Participating in Sports Since He Was 2
Daniel, who was born with spina bifida, has had a passion for athletics since the age of two, when he began playing sports with the Bennett Blazers, the adaptive sports program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. His interests were varied – he participated in everything from wheelchair basketball, to swimming, archery, triathlon and more.
Romanchuk is Part of Road Runner Sports’ Athletes Helping Athletes Family
Daniel’s win is especially meaningful for Road Runner Sports as he’s part of our Athletes Helping Athletes Family. He’s our 711th grant recipient of a handcycle in 2013 when he was just a teenager. We’re so proud of him and all he’s accomplished.
Athletes Helping Athletes is Road Runner Sports’ in-house charity that provides adaptive bikes to children 18 years and younger who have permanent physical disabilities. Over the last 19 years we’ve helped 1313 children receive adaptive bikes to allow them to participate in sports and daily activities. Learn more about Athletes Helping Athletes here.
Congrats, Daniel! We’re thrilled for you.
Author bio: Sam Kerstetter enjoys running and spending time in nature with her husband and daughter. Her other passions include social media (she’s the social media manager at Road Runner Sports) and content marketing. Follow her on Twitter at @SamKerstetter.