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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
 
3rd Annual NY Jets v NY Giants Wheelchair Football Game - Summary Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

Group Photo NY Giants & NY JetsOn a perfect day to play football, the NY Jets beat the NY Giants, 27 to 26 to win their 3rd Annual Wheelchair Football Game.  Sponsored by the NFL teams, the NY Jets and NY Giants, the two teams played a hotly contested battle on Saturday November 21st, 2009 at 11 am on a field specifically built for Wheelchair Football at Diamond in the Pines in Brookhaven NY.  The hard top surface of this 80 yards x 22 yards field allow the wheelchair athletes to use their speed.  With the help of volunteers from Stonybrook University, St. Charles Rehabilitation Hospital and the Town of Brookhaven, the teams played each other closely with the NY Giants taking a big lead at half-time 26 to the NY Jets 14.  The NY Jets, however came out hungry in the 2nd half and scored 13 unanswered points to take the lead and win the game.  Jason Soricelli's two touchdowns helped the NY Jets win the game and garnered him the MVP trophy for 2009.  Two Al Youakim Spirit Awards were given to the coaches of each team, Jason Corrao, coach of the NY Giants and Bill Hannigan, winning coach of the NY Jets.

A special thanks to Chili's for coming out and feeding over 100 spectators, volunteers and adaptive athletes.

If you'd like to learn more about Wheelchair Football, please contact me or go to www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

We look forward to next Spring and our first 6 team Wheelchair Football Tournament with teams from New York, New Jersey, Chicago and Boston coming to play.  Details will follow.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 02:07
 
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