McFadden, the only athlete in history to win four of the world’s major marathons—London, Boston, Chicago, and New York—in a single season, will battle a formidable women’s field
New York City—An illustrious field of the world’s best professional wheelchair athletes, led by defending champion Tatyana McFadden of the United States, who clinched the “Grand Slam” of marathon championships in 2013, will race the streets of the five boroughs for the coveted 2014 TCS New York City Marathon wheelchair division title on Sunday, November 2, it was announced today by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. Defending champion and five-time world champion Marcel Hug of Switzerland will headline the men’s field.
“The return of Tatyana and Marcel to the our City and the remarkable field of professional wheelchair athletes who will join them further defines the TCS New York City Marathon as one of the world’s top sporting events,” said Wittenberg. “Tatyana is the perfect example of a champion constantly redefining greatness, while Marcel’s thrilling down-to-the-wire victory last year showcased the determination that defines this event. Our professional wheelchair racers are the first competitors to hear the cheers of the over one million spectators who line the neighborhood streets of the five boroughs, blazing a trail for the 50,000 runners who will join them on Marathon Day.”
McFadden will compete to defend her title and could potentially win her second Grand Slam of marathon championships if she wins the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, having already triumphed at both the 2014 London, Boston and Chicago marathons. McFadden will be challenged by a powerful group of past champions, including course record-holder Amanda McGrory of the United States.
McFadden, 25, of Clarksville, MD, became the first and only athlete, male or female, to win a Grand Slam of marathons in the same calendar year (2013), which she did by taking the titles at Boston, London, Chicago, and New York. Before repeating her victories at London and Boston in 2014, McFadden tried a new sport—and she earned a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in the one-kilometer sitting cross-country ski race. She has collected 10 Paralympic Summer Games medals (three gold, four silver, three bronze), and she won a record-setting six gold medals at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon, France. The two-time New York City Marathon winner (2010, 2013) has a marathon personal best of 1:35:06, which she set at the 2014 Boston Marathon. An ESPY nominee this year for Best Female Athlete with a Disability, McFadden is poised to go for the win at the TCS New York City Marathon this year and will attempt to make history again by completing her second Grand Slam.
“I’m very excited to be running the TCS New York City Marathon, especially coming off the race season I had last year and competing in the Winter Olympic Games,” said McFadden. “It’s been a tough transition back to racing after skiing, but I’m ready for the challenge. The hills in New York City make it very difficult to keep the competitors in sight, but the crowds and the spirit make it a great day for us.”
Additional female wheelchair athletes that will join McFadden and McGrory on the start line include 2006 IPC world marathon champion Diane Roy of Canada; 2013 IPC world marathon champion Manuela Schär of Switzerland; five-time Paralympian Christie Dawes of Australia; 2014 Boston Marathon third-place finisher Susannah Scaroni of the United States; Wakako Tsuchida of Japan, the fastest female wheelchair marathoner of all time; and four-time New York City Marathon runner-up Shelly Woods of Great Britain.
(Story courtesy of nyrr press release)