Local handcycle team competes in River Bank Run

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Mary Free Bed Handcycling Team is competing against a Chicago rehab center to see who has the most racers participate in the 2015 Fifth Third River Bank Run.

The assistant coach for the Mary Free Bed team, Brad Baumann, said it’s going to be a close call but they want to take home the trophy.

Baumann has been involved in handcycling for about five years.

He said his goal for the Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K course is to finish in 45 minutes.

Baumann said a handcycler can hit speeds up to 25 miles-per-hour on the course.

“The hill after Millennium Park is the toughest,” Baumann said. “On a handcycle, hills are tough because you’re trying to push up the hill with just your arms.”

The handcycle racers will take off about 15 minutes ahead of the runners on the 25K course.

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