At 57 years old, age has yet to slow down Daniel Batchelor.
In anything Batchelor, a self-described adrenaline junkie, spends the better part of his free time finding ways to go gain speed on his kayak, on his bike and on foot.
“Growing up on a lake I always seemed to be rowing, riding my bike or just running around. It was the first thing I loved doing and I have just stuck with it,” said Batchelor who has lived the Roswell area for 35 years.
“I’ve always been into competition and started to train competitively about 10 years ago. It’s not only a great form of exercise, but a great way for me to set goals and work hard to achieve them.”
On June 9 Batchelor achieved one of those goals, winning the 10th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race — an 8-mile race that featured over 400 local athletes racing from Garrard Landing to Riverside Park in Roswell.
Batchelor finished with a time of one hour, 17 minutes and two seconds, nearly five minutes faster than his closest competitor and only two seconds off of the target time set when his training began six weeks earlier.
“I knew if I could finish in one-seventeen that I could win because nobody had done that before. I trained for an hour and a half each day with that goal and just missed it,” he said.
“I’ll have to come back next year and try to shave those two seconds off.”
The win on the river was one of many for Batchelor, who competes and trains year round in various kayaking, running, and mountain biking events. He says he has won over 300 endurance races including the Subaru Challenge Triathlon, the Six Flags Half Marathon, and the Roswell Road Race among others.
“I guess I am just addicted,” he laughed. “It’s one of those things where you set a goal and get there for that wonderful sense of accomplishment.”
Next Batchelor will set his kayak to the side and spend his next six weeks training for a series of Mountain bike races later in the summer.