Ms. Wheelchair America Samantha Schroth joins Fifth Third River Bank Run

Ms Wheelchair America Sam Schroth Courtesy of Theresa Thomas

Ms. Wheelchair America Sam Schroth – Photo Courtesy of Theresa Thomas

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Ms. Wheelchair America Samantha Schroth will be among the participants in the 25K Wheelchair Division of the Fifth Third River Bank Run. The race will be Schroth’s first in a wheelchair.

Schroth, 23, of Wisconsin, suffered a spinal cord injury two years ago when a tree fell on her. Crowned Ms. Wheelchair America last August in California, she said the 25K race will a good primer for her first marathon this summer.

“We’re flattered that Sam has chosen to officially enter the sport of wheelchair racing by participating in a Mary Free Bed-sponsored race in the Fifth Third River Bank Run,” said Maria Besta, manager of Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports.

“We’ll offer her a terrific experience.”

The 2015 race marks the 26th consecutive year the Mary Free Bed Guild will sponsor the 25K Wheelchair Division and the 10th year the Guild will sponsor the 25K Handcycle Division.Mary Free Bed Cup

In a friendly competition, Mary Free Bed also has challenged the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to recruit wheelchair and handcycle racers to participate in the May 9 races. The winning hospital the will earn right to display the “Proud Mary Cup” for the next 12 months.

Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital. For 124 years, Mary Free Bed has restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults who have experienced brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of comprehensive services and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve outstanding clinical results. For additional information, visit

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