Boston wheelchair champ to throw first pitch at Blue Jays game

June 13th, 2019 by | Posted in The Scene | Tags: , , ,

The American push-rim wheelchair racer, Paralympian Daniel Romanchukwho is currently dominating the T54 racing scene with wins at four out of six World Major Marathons over the last six months (Chicago, New York, Boston and London), will return to Boston for the B.A.A. 10K on June 23. And if you happen to be in Boston that weekend, check this out: on Saturday, June 22 Romanchuk will throw out the first pitch at the Boston Red Sox–Toronto Blue Jays game at Fenway Park.

Romanchuk, who is only 20, will be going after Tony Nogueira’s course record of 22:55 in the 10K, set in 2016. He is the youngest-ever winner of the Boston Marathon wheelchair division, the first American to win since 1993, and holds the fastest time by an American (1:21:36).

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Romanchuk grew up in Maryland. In this post-race interview he talks (with endearing humility) about growing up watching racers like Marcel Hug of Switzerland and Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa, both of whom he out-pushed in Boston on April 15.