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The Coronavirus Lockdown Didn't Stop these Wheelchair Athletes From Racing
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The Coronavirus Lockdown Didn't Stop these Wheelchair Athletes From Racing

The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon race that is hosted in Boston. Every year, the event is held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April. But this time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the marathon is postponed to September.

Since, the six-time major marathon winner Daniel Romanchuk and his mom, Kim had organized the 2020 Virtual Roller Marathon in the honor of the 124th Boston Marathon at Patriots’ Day. The virtual event was possible with the help of the Zoom videoconferencing service.

Both male and female wheelchair racers from across the world have taken part in the virtual marathon. Among those participating were four-time Paralympian Aaron Pike, three-time Boston Marathon champion Marcel Hug of Switzerland, 23-time major marathon champion Tatyana McFadden, 10-time Boston champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa, and 2016 Paralympian Kelsey LeFevour.

According to Daniel said, over 60 racers from different countries have participated in the virtual event which includes Spokane, United States, Washington, Japan, Great Britain, South Africa, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, Austria, and many more.

All the athletes are at their homes from where they are trying to beat the speed timing of Hug’s world-best time of 1:18:04 made at the 2017 Boston Marathon. The racers were equipment with stationary rollers.

The chief operating officer of the Boston Athletic Association, Jack Fleming was the anchor who was guiding them through the different stages of the race. The BAA operates the Boston Marathon.

The virtual marathon was also attended by the wheelchair director of the Boston Marathon, the director of NYC Marathon, and London Marathon's wheelchair director.

Marla Runyan is Boston's wheelchair and a six-time Paralympic medalist. He is also known as the only American to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. There were also pictures of the mile markers, from the first mile to the 21st show to the players, there were many racers who were experiencing the Boston Marathon for the first time.

Image credit: CBS Boston/ YouTube Screencap

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