Published on April 22nd, 2014 | by mpower

Bob Hall was the First Wheelchair Racer in the Boston Marathon

In 1975, Bob Hall was the first athlete to race the Boston Marathon in a wheelchair. In this short video, Hall discusses the history of rolling the Boston Marathon and the athletics of racing this event.

ESPN recently did a piece on athletes with disabilities in the Boston Marathon.  Dave Estrada, the Boston Athletic Association’s disability coordinator, said 62 wheelchair athletes qualified for the race this year. There are an additional 54 runners with various mobility impairments and 63 visually impaired athletes entered. He “absolutely” anticipates they’ll get a warmer than usual response this year.

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