Paralympic medalist offers endurance tips to Boilermaker wheelchair participants

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - It takes as much strength, and maybe even a little more heart to race the Boilermaker in a wheelchair.

Armed with that message, a world-renowned paralympic medalist was in town with endurance tips for wheelchair racers, offering those tips Friday to fellow contestants.

However, while he may be renowned for his time as a medalist, he's a rookie to the Boilermaker itself. This is the first year that 4-time paralympic medalist Joshua George will race the Boilermaker course. He says he's wanted to do it for a long time, and actually got on the course earlier Thursday to check out and pre-navigate some of the hills and turns.

George won the 2008 gold medal in the 100 Meter Wheelchair Race Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, but has a list of medals dating back each year to 2003.

His number one tip for wheelchair racers is to keep their elbows high, which he says makes acceleration easier as the positioning creates less resistance.

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