General Motors was involved with the 36th annual Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon, which took place this past Sunday, through the company’s 10-year long partnership with the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. For those who may not be familiar with the organization, Achilles International was formed to help wounded veterans from all service branches overcome injuries they suffered as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and rebuild their lives though athletics.
GM gave its efforts by teaming up with engineering students from Michigan Technological University to help athletes prepare for the event. Part of this included student athletes helping to prep the athletes’ hand cycles for the competition with a technical workshop being held Saturday in the GM Wintergarden.
The winner of the handcyclist race for the third year in a row was retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tom Davis, a long-time champion of the Achilles Team wounded during his service in Iraq. Davis finished with a time of 1:12.38, and his teammates Omar Duran and Helman Roman placed second and seventh, respectively.