Roundup: Romanchuk And Scaroni Impress At The Berlin Marathon
by Luke Hanlon
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The start of fall means cooler weather and leaves changing colors. It also means that fall marathon season is upon us.
Daniel Romanchuk is no stranger to marathons. He started to compete in them professionally in 2018, won some of the biggest races on the planet and last year took home Paralympic bronze from Tokyo. Who better to learn how to train for one than him?
Romanchuk took to his Instagram to show how wheelchair racers get ready to compete in marathons.
Romanchuk was one of thousands who participated in the Berlin Marathon this past weekend, which officially kicked off the fall marathon season. Romanchuk took second place in men’s wheelchair division in Berlin with a time of 1 hour, 28 minutes and 54 seconds. This was his second straight year capturing a silver in Berlin, finishing behind Paralympic champion Marcel Hug of Switzerland.
“Enjoying a peaceful day wandering around the Tiergarten in Berlin, celebrating a 2nd place finish at the @berlinmarathon yesterday!” Romanchuk wrote.
Romanchuk wasn’t the only American that was on the podium in Berlin, as two-time Paralympic medalist Susannah Scaroni won bronze in the women’s wheelchair division. Scaroni finished in 1 hour, 36 minutes and 51 seconds, just one second behind runner-up Manuela Schär of Switzerland, and four seconds behind winner Catherine Debrunner.
“Sooo thankful for today,” Scaroni posted on her Instagram. “Loved spending this @berlinmarathon with these strong Swiss damen, and so many loving supporters.”
Major marathons in London and Chicago are scheduled for the next two weekends, with the New York Marathon following those in early November.
The Chicago Marathon is likely to see the return of 20-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden, who hasn’t raced in a marathon since competing in New York last year.
“Small life update: my iron levels are finally up and training began in August,” McFadden wrote on Instagram. “I’m really looking forward to racing two fall marathons this year @chimarathon and @nycmarathon.”
Forbes Women’s Summit
McFadden has been able to keep herself busy without racing, as she was recently one of the speakers at the 2022 Forbes Power Women’s Summit.
McFadden was one of 38 influential women to speak at the event. Some other speakers included Chloe Kim, Blake Lively and Brooke Shields.
“Thank you @forbes for having me not only share my journey at the @forbeswomen summit this year but also share where I see the sport journey is headed for Paralympic athletes,” McFadden wrote.
Premiere For A Cause
Season 43 of “Survivor” premiered last week, which saw Noelle Lambert become the first above the knee amputee to compete on the show.
Lambert, who made her Paralympic debut in Tokyo, hosted a premiere party at a restaurant in Boston that supported the Born to Run Foundation. Lambert founded that foundation to provide prosthetics to young adults and children to help them live more fulfilling lives.
“I said it last night and I’ll say it again, I have the best family/friends/support system in the world!! Feeling all the love and beyond grateful,” Lambert wrote. “Thank you for everyone who tuned in to support me.”
Read more about Lambert’s “Survivor” journey
Even the best athletes in the world have blunders from time to time.
Ezra Frech went to Instagram to show that, posting a video of a race earlier in his career that saw his prosthetic fall off while he was competing.
It’s safe to say this one embarrassing moment didn’t faze Frech too much, as he went on to make his Paralympic debut at 16 years old in Tokyo.