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WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES WHIRL WITH A RACE ALL THEIR OWN

 WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES WHIRL WITH A RACE ALL THEIR OWN
 WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The pounding of


competitor's feet will not be heard during this 10-kilometer race, but the whirl of wheels will, as more than 125 wheelchair athletes from the United States take to the streets during the Allied Services Riverside Rumble, the first-ever, wheelchair-only, 10-K road race.
 The Riverside Rumble, designated a U.S. National Championship by the Long Distance Road Racing Committee of the Wheelchair Athletics of the U.S.A. (WAUSA), provides athletes an opportunity to compete for a total purse of $35,000 and Akzo Salt's "Diamond Crystal Award of Excellence." While most wheelchair road races are divisions of larger races, such as the New York Marathon, Boston Marathon and Altanta's Peachtree Road Race, the Riverside Rumble provides an opportunity to focus solely on the abilities of wheelchair athletes and the importance athletics plays in the rehabilitative process.
 The race is sponsored by Allied Services, a private, non-profit organization providing rehabilitative, vocational and residential services to the disabled and elderly throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Primary sponsor of the race is Akzo Salt Inc., the world's largest producer of salt, the substance so fundamental to life.
 "We are extremely proud to learn of this designation because it tells us that the Riverside Rumble is the premier event for wheelchair racers," stated James Brady, president of Allied Services. "We knew when we started planning this event that we were going to make a major statement about wheelchair athletics and the abilities of people with disabilities. It is now obvious that a lot of other people agree with our idea."
 The race, featuring many of the country's world-class wheelchair athletes, some of whom are competing in the Paralympics in Barcelona, begins at noon on Sunday, Oct. 11, and winds along the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre and Kingston, Pa. The race will be televised live on WYOU-TV 22, the local CBS Network affiliate.
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 /CONTACT: Bill O'Boyle of Allied Services, 717-826-3745, or Catherine Bolton of Akzo Salt Inc., 717-587-9398/ CO: Akzo Salt Inc.; Allied Services ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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