East Cobb Doctor Wins Kayak Race
Chiropractor Dan Batchelor captured the Back to the Chattahoochee event on Saturday.
Several hundred racers from around the South gathered for this yearly event. Batchelor outclassed his competition with a time of one hour and 17 minutes, placing him several minutes ahead of the second place finisher. His time was the fastest time among all the racers in the race that began at Gerrands Landing and finished at Riverside Park.
He said the secret to his success was training with his dog Cameron on the bow of his kayak. "Fifty pounds of extra weight on my kayak allows me to get stronger and faster. My dog loves the ride also."
Batchelor has won more than 350 endurance races including the Subaru Challenge Triathlon and was the overall winner of the Atlanta Six Flags Half Marathon. He was ranked No. 1 in the Georgia State Championship Mountain Bike Race Series XC-GM in July 2010 and is a six-time overall winner of the Roswell Road Race.
He is also an actor in an upcoming movie “Against the Wind,” to be released into theaters soon. Batchelor is a supporting actor playing the part of a fighter pilot who later becomes a Federal DEA undercover agent sent to eliminate leaders of a major opium organization.
The movie was filmed in the jungles of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Malaysia, the mountains of North Carolina and the everglades of Florida.