2nd Annual "Crank to the Finish" 8 Mile Handcycling Race Report Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

     On Saturday November 7th, 2009 at 9:30 am under the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, NY, the 2nd Annual "Crank to the Finish" 8 Mile Handcycling Race had 24 racers participate in the sole Handcycles only race in New York State. Sponsored by the Wheelchair Sports Federation, NYC Parks & Recreation Department and USOC Paralympic Academy, the 2nd Annual Race is designed to offer advanded hancyclers as well as novices the opportunity to race against each other for prize money. The overall winner was Ricardo Corral who covered the 8 mile course with a time of 29 minutes and 15 seconds and took home $250 in prize money.

The other winners included:

  • Overall Female - Helene Hines - 32 minutes 55 seconds - $250
  • Men's Open - Peter Hawkins - 37 minutes 31 seconds - $200
  • Women's Open - Minda Dentler - 37 minutes 18 seconds - $200
  • Men's Masters - Joseph Mendez - 40 minutes 40 seconds - $200
  • Men's Quad - Carlos Guzman - 37 minutes 30 seconds - $200
  • Veteran's - Edwin Lopez - 54 minutes 0 seconds - $200
  • Juniors - Nia Bets - 1 hour 10 minues - $100

     On behalf of Race Director, Joe Mendez, I'd like to thank all the volunteers from Long Island University, Columbia University and the American Red Cross group from Cordoza High School. We could not have done it without you.

We look foward to the 3rd Annual Race in 2010. For more information on Handcycling, please visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

All photos were taken by Carter Farmer.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 December 2009 04:03