The Boilermaker weekend officially kicked off with the Annual Sitrin wheelchair reception.
This year's guest speaker was Howard Holdridge from Vernon. For several years he's run the Boilermaker in tandem pushing his step-daughter, Emily LaGoy, in an adaptive jogging stroller.
Thursday's reception featured remarks from Marc DePerno, Director of the Sitrin STARS, and Gary Roback, Chair of the wheelchair division committee.
This is a record breaking year for the wheelchair division. 50 racers have registered, surpassing last year's total of 43 racers.
AJ Timperlake of West Winfield is this year's challenger. His main goal is to conquer the challenge by completing the 15k course using his standard chair in less than two hours and 15 minutes. If he does so, Sitrin will provide him with a customized racing chair. He said he's a little nervous but he will give it all he has.
"I'm not gonna stop trying until that two hour mark." said Timperlake. "I'm just gonna force myself into any craziness that I can push myself forward until that 2 hour mark, you might see me slow down a little bit after that."
Capping off the event was the presentation of the 4th Annual Ed Bradley Memorial Award which will be given to an individual who exemplifies dedication to adaptive sports and inclusion for people with physical disabilities.
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