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 March’s United Airlines NYC Half, where he placed third in 1:31.16. From there, he went on to secure two Abbott World Marathon Majors podium appearances with third-place finishes at this year’s 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 previous 5000-meter record by more than four seconds at the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial meet in Switzerland, posting a time of 9:44.84. He recorded his first victory at the AJC Peachtree Road Race, taking the 10K title in 18:39.42, less than two seconds shy of the course record.
Following his TCS New York City Marathon victory, Romanchuk kicked off his 2019 campaign with a runner-up finish at the Tokyo Marathon and then his first win at the United Airlines NYC Half.
Romanchuk was 16th in his TCS New York City Marathon debut in 2016 and had to scratch from the race in 2017 due to food poisoning.
Growing up in Maryland, Romanchuk began a shift to wheelchair racing after competing in para swimming and para triathlon. At 16, he 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.
Romanchuk now bases his training at the University of Illinois as he gears up to be a Team USA medal contender at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
- Date of Birth Aug 3, 1998
- Age 20
- Gender Male
- Country USA
- Residence Champaign, IL, USA
|2018||TCS New York City Marathon||1st||1:36:21|
|2018||Bank of America Chicago Marathon||1st||1:31:34|
|2018||World Para Athletics Grand Prix||1st||1:29.66|
|2018||Virgin Money London Marathon||1st||1:31:16|
|2017||United Airlines NYC Half||2nd||47:28|
|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|