PVA Racing Rolls

Paralyzed Veterans Racing Team members, left, met other soldiers at the Oct. 12 Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C.
Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News January 2015

With the fall came the close of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Racing (PVR) Team’s handcycling season, but two members ended it on a majorly high note.

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First in the Army Ten-Miler, Scot Seiss (Rocky Ridge, Md.) took the men’s handcycle division Oct. 12 with a time of 31 minutes, 12 seconds, edging out Michael Murphy (Arlington, Va.) by one second at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C. Kevin Hillary (Washington, Mass.) and C. David Swaim (Strasburg, Va.) tied for third in 31:19.

They were part of a 21-member PVR Team group, along with more than 35,000 other athletes in the race, which celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The race, which guides racers past several national monuments and starts and stops around the Pentagon, raises funds through registration fees and sponsor contributions to benefit Army morale, welfare and recreation programs. It was the fourth year the PVR Team has competed in the event.

Nearly a week later, PVR Team member Alfredo De Los Santos (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) earned a pair of top-two finishes.

He won the timed 30-minute Blue-Gray Criterium, part of the fourth annual Blue-Gray Half Marathon which honors the significance of the battle of Gettysburg as a turning point in the Civil War. De Los Santos won the event, recording the most laps (26), by one lap over Seiss and David Neumer (25 laps each). Geoff Hopkins and Swaim tied for third with 24 laps each.

De Los Santos also placed second in the Oct. 26 Marine Corps Marathon men’s handcycling division, finishing in 1 hour, 20 minutes and 13 seconds. Jody Shifflet, adaptive cycling program consultant for Paralyzed Veterans of America, placed fifth (1:25:12), while Joshua Sharpe, of Navarre, Fla., was sixth in 1:26:17. Hillery was seventh in 1:26.29. Holly Koester (Walton Hills, Ohio) won the women’s division, finishing in 2:20:08.

Both races honor fallen soldiers and support the Army and Marine Corps.

“The races are signifi­cant because racers get to ride in D.C. where all of the memorials are, and we spend the better part of the weekend together working on our bikes,” Shiflett says. “Some racers have gone for a number of years, and for others, this was their first year. Many approach it as a bucket-list item for themselves to check, and for others, maybe they aspired to do it when they were in the military and didn’t get a chance, and this is now their chance to participate in the event.”



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