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Peter Hawkins wins wheelchair race

Peter Hawkins finishes the 2015 Long Island Marathon

Peter Hawkins finishes the 2015 Long Island Marathon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The sight is almost synonymous with the Long Island Marathon: Peter Hawkins, of Malverne, rolling through the winner's tape as champion of the wheelchair division. This year was no different, as Hawkins came through in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 23 seconds.

Hawkins said he was the only traditional wheelchair racer in this year's edition. Three other riders used hand cycles.

"They weren't really competing [against me]," Hawkins said. "One of them went out fast. I caught him on Jericho Turnpike. I expected him to be right there with me and push me the whole way, but he hung back and waited for the other hand cyclers."

Saturday marked his 22nd Long Island Marathon, estimated Hawkins, who was paralyzed from just above the waist down in a 1981 car accident.

"We couldn't have asked for a better day," he said. "I was pretty good. I did [the Boston Marathon] this year, it was very windy. Today was a perfect day. There was a very light wind, but it didn't really hold us up."

Hawkins, who will turn 51 on Saturday, said he finished the Boston Marathon in 2:31:00.

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