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Hightower Wins Wheelchair Division of AzDS’ Run, Walk and Roll 10k in Tempe, Arizona

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Eric Hightower won the wheelchair division of the first ever Arizona Disabled Sports’ Run, Walk & Roll 10k at Tempe Lake in Tempe, Arizona . The winning time was 33:08 minutes.

The wheelchair division featured approximately 10 athletes. The race is set up to include 2 laps around portions of Tempe Lake. Both the start and the finish line were located at the Beach Park, were both athletes and no-participants enjoyed music and food. Eric Hightower is from Glendale, Arizona. The 23 year old will begin training for his 2nd Paralympics soon and is currently attending veterinarian school.

Wheelchair Division Results


Erik Hightower 33:08
Jim Ryberg 33:46
Mike Tagliapietra 40:21
Stephen Binning 40:56
Austin Alcorn 44:03


Evie Boone 43:10

The Arizona Disabled Sports organization created the 5K/10K event to support and raise money for their ongoing efforts to provide sports and recreation opportunities for individuals with all types of disabilities.  The Run, Walk & Roll 5K/10K event will support the adaptive sports programs by providing opportunities for new uniforms, upgraded adaptive equipment, special event support and much more.  Additional information about the programs and special events provided by AzDS can be found on their  web site at

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