In 2018, Daniel Romanchuk became the first American and youngest athlete ever to win the men's wheelchair division at the TCS New York City Marathon. It finished off his breakout season, which started with his second consecutive podium finish at the United Airlines NYC Half, where he placed third. From there, he went on to secure two Abbott World Marathon Majors podium appearances with third-place finishes at the Virgin Money London and Boston marathons, before winning his first major marathon in Chicago in October. In the summer, he set two world records in the T54 classification on the track over 800 and 5000 meters. He became the first man to break the 1:30 barrier in the former, clocking a time of 1:29.66 the Arizona World Para Athletics Grand Prix. He also broke Rawat Tana’s 5000-meter record by more than four seconds at the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial meet in Switzerland, posting a time of 9:44.84.
Following his TCS New York City Marathon victory, Romanchuk kicked off his 2019 campaign with a runner-up finish at the Tokyo Marathon and his first win at the United Airlines NYC Half. He followed that by becoming the first men’s American wheelchair racer to win both the Boston and Virgin Money London marathons. He then broke the course record for his second consecutive title at the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta and recently defended his title at the Chicago Marathon, where he qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Growing up in Maryland, Romanchuk took up wheelchair racing with the Bennett Blazers, the same adaptive sports club where Paralympic legends Tatyana McFadden and Josh George began their careers. At 16, Romanchuk began training for the Rio 2016 Paralympics under coach Adam Bleakney, who leads the esteemed University of Illinois wheelchair racing program. Romanchuk raced in Rio, but didn’t advance to the finals in any of the five distances he competed in. Off the roads, Romanchuk loves math, numbers and finding out how things work – he would disassemble and reassemble toasters as a kid – and now studies engineering in hopes of making advancements for racing chairs.
- Date of Birth Aug 3, 1998
- Age 21
- Gender Male
- Country USA
- Residence Champaign, IL, USA
|2019||Virgin Money London Marathon||1st||1:33:38|
|2019||United Airlines NYC Half||1st||51:35|
|2018||TCS New York City Marathon||1st||1:36:21|
|2018||Bank of America Chicago Marathon||1st||1:31:34|
|2019||2019 United Airlines NYC Half||1||0:51:35|
|2018||TCS New York City Marathon 2018||1||1:36:21|
|2018||2018 United Airlines NYC Half||3||0:55:04|
|2017||2017 United Airlines NYC Half||2||0:47:28|
|2016||TCS New York City Marathon 2016||15||1:48:07|
|2016||United Airlines NYC Half 2016||4||0:51:51|