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52-Year-Old Scott Parson Wins Men's Wheelchair

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Taking full advantage of the absence of defending champion Aaron Gordian and 10-time champion Saul Mendoza, 52-year-old Scott Parson of San Jose, Calif. captured a victory for the ages in the Men's Elite Wheelchair Division, winning his first Bloomsday title with an unofficial time of 29:58. 
 
Parson, who finished 3rd and 6th in 2010 and 2011, respectively, separated himself from the pack in Mile 2, speeding downhill on Riverside Ave into Peaceful Valley with little or no pressure on the brakes while other competitors were more conservative with their braking. 
 
"It looked like everyone was hitting their brakes on that first hill," said Parson, "and I just let it go."
 
Parson maintained his commanding lead the rest of the way, at times leading by more than a half-mile. Although his time (29:58) was well off the race record, it was nearly a nearly a minute and a half ahead of his closest competitor, 25-year-old Aaron Pike of Champaign, Illinois, the 4th place finisher in 2011. 
 
Parson adds his Open Division title to his four Master's Division Bloomsday victories. 
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