Her transition from a recreational runner in college to wheelchair racer training for the Mary Free Bed-sponsored 25K is just the newest adventure for Schroth.
Most notable, she is the reigning Ms. Wheelchair America, traveling to some 40 events so far speaking on behalf of more than 54 million Americans living with disabilities. The Greenville, Wisconsin resident is also a graduate of University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, tutors at a middle school and hopes to get into medical school in the next year.
Wheelchair racing picks up where her previous life left off.
"This is new, indeed, but it is a passion of mine dating back to running days," she said.
But the River Bank Run is part of a bigger goal. The race will serve as a precursor to the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, on June 19. That event holds significance. She had begun to train for it just before she was injured in 2013.
Quite a transition from using your legs and pumping your arms.
"Now it’s one of those personal things ... I was going to run that marathon, so I’m still going to do that thing."
As for the wheelchair race, Schroth trains about six days a week, from speed to tempo work, for about 45 minutes to an hour each. Her arms, which she described were once "pretty wimpy," have become strong.
"I did my first 18-mile push on Monday which was really exciting because I never had ever even run 18 miles, so to push 18 miles was a really big deal," she said with a laugh. "I'm a lot more athletic in this than I ever was in my able-body form."
Schroth has studied the Grand Rapids course and is confident – as least in her preparation. Now, she has to learn to trust her equipment.
"I used to just lace up a pair of shoes and run and not worry about what happens for the most part," she said. "Now with a racing chair you have to worry about other things. I just don't want a flat. I know mentally and physically I'm up to the challenge."
Pete Wallner covers sports for MLive/Grand Rapids Press. Email him at email@example.com