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Congratulations Daniel

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 wheelchair division since 1993 – and the youngest ever to win this division!

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.”

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.

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About Athletes Helping Athletes

Remember how much fun you had as a kid riding bikes with your family and friends? That exact same feeling of fun and freedom is what the Athletes of AHA get to experience when they hop on their brand new Adaptive Bike for the first time.

Your donations allow each eligible athlete to receive a custom built Adaptive Bike from AHA. Plus, AHA is 100% supported by Road Runner Sports! Together, AHA and Road Runner Sports ensure that all of your donations go to purchasing Adaptive Bike so that 100% of the cost is covered for each family.

You'd be amazed at the power an Adaptive Bike has to take a child from being stuck on the sidelines to becoming a full participant in the fun! Giving kids this gift offers them the chance to ride bikes with friends and family, set personal goals, and simply feel the joy of being a kid.

Thank you for your commitment to giving children with disabilities the opportunity to go fast, be free, and have fun!

AHA grants adaptive bikes to children 18 years and younger with "permanent physical" disabilities.  The child must be able to self-propel their bike without assistance and the family must know which bike is best for their child when applying.  Adaptive bikes are not covered by insurance and most charity grant processes are long and cumbersome.  We want to give these children the opportunity to "Just Be Kids" by making the process easy.  Athletes Helping Athletes is very unique in that it is 100% supported by Road Runner Sports, we accept applications 365 days a year, approve grants 365 days a year and we take the entire cost of the bike off the shoulders of the family. Since AHA was established in 2000 we have changed the lives of over 1,312 children and their families.