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Boilermaker Wheelchaiir Challengers Presented with New Racing Chairs

Nov. 23, 2011


November 15, 2011 (New Hartford)– Two new racing wheelchairs were presented to the 2011 Boilermaker Wheelchair Challengers, Anthony Grieco of Utica, and Cody Arnold, of Syracuse. The presentation was held at the Sitrin Medical Rehabilitation Center on Tilden Avenue in New Hartford.
The Wheelchair Challenge is an initiative to promote health and well-being for individuals with disabilities by providing them with an opportunity to experience America's greatest 15K road race, and continue with the sport for years to come.  The Challenge requires the participant(s) to complete the Boilermaker in less than two hours and 15 minutes while using a manual wheelchair.  If they succeed, they receive a custom-fitted racing wheelchair valued at $2,500. This year's racing wheelchairs were generously donated by Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Sitrin.
Cody Arnold completed the Challenge in 1:15:59, while Anthony Grieco finished in 1:51:53. Grieco is also a member of Sitrin's STARS (Success Through Adaptive Recreation and Sports) program.
Boilermaker Wheelchair Challengers Anthony Grieco, of Utica (front left), and Cody Arnold, of Syracuse, (front right), proudly accept their new racing wheelchairs during a formal presentation at Sitrin.  Also pictured are (back row, from left) Jim Stasait