On March 29, 2009, Emory Doctor of Physical Therapy students and faculty joined Emory’s Department of Rehabilitation in sponsoring the ING Georgia Wheelchair Half Marathon. The ING Georgia Half Marathon is a scenic and fun race through historic Atlanta neighborhoods with the start and finish located in the heart of downtown Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park.
Emory’s Department of Rehabilitation Services joined the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon in hosting a fully integrated wheelchair division in the half marathon distance. This is established as the premier wheeler half marathon in the United States. Emory DPT students and faculty were involved in holding “fun run” training events on the half marathon course for runners, wheelers and cyclists prior to the race; organizing the team of 40 cyclists who escorted the wheelers during the race to ensure safety and provide assistance if needed; helping the wheelers before and after the race with equipment and getting to the start; providing massages to the wheelers after the race; and maintaining a hydration station on the half and full course with 50 volunteers supplying water, Gatorade and cheers of encouragement.
Many thanks were given to Emory’s volunteers for organizing and implementing such a wonderful event.