Hometown: Spokane, WA

Tyler Byers began racing at the age of nine. His first major road race was the Bloomsday 12K in Spokane, Wash., in 1992 - a race he's competed in ever since. Byers went to his first Junior National Wheelchair Championships in 1994, and came away with a bronze medal in the 1,500m. It was then that Byers decided to set his sights even higher, aiming for the Paralympic Games.

Out of high school, Byers was recruited by Derek Brown to race on the University of Arizona wheelchair racing team, where he competed throughout his undergraduate career.

In 2003, Byers qualified for the 1,500m World Championship finals in Paris, France, as one of the top eight individuals in the world. After competing at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, Byers traveled to Beijing to participate in the 2008 games.

Byers graduated from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a degree in engineering mathematics. He currently lives with his wife Analee and two cats.

Major Achievements:

  • 2008: U.S. Paralympic Team member, Track & Field - Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
  • 2008: Course record - Rock ‘n Roll Arizona Marathon, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • 2007: Course record - Cooper River Bridge Run, Charleston S.C.
  • 2006: Course record - Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • 2004: Member of U.S. Paralympic Track and Field team - Athens, Greece
  • 2003: 1,500m finalist - IAAF World Championships