Go the Distance alum becomes first local wheelchair racer in NYC Marathon


NEW YORK (WKTV) - A local Go The Distance alum made history on the big stage, Sunday.

Hermin Garic, 23, a Bosnian immigrant of Utica, became the first ever Central New York wheelchair athlete to compete in the New York City Marathon.

Garic, who came in 2nd in the Boilermaker wheelchair division earlier this year, finished Sunday's Marathon in 33rd place, with a time of 2 hours and 24 minutes.

The local star actually led the group of participants for the first mile and a half before being passed by other racers.

Garic claimed that the biggest challenge during the long race was dealing with the wind knocking his chair back and forth while attempting to move forward.

His goal in the near future is to take 1st place in the famous Boilermaker 15k.

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