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Illini eye the New York City Marathon
On November 3, Illinois wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden could make history if she wins the 2013 New York City Marathon wheelchair race. McFadden won both the London and Boston Marathons this spring and is entering the fall wanting to be the first athlete ever to win the “Grand Slam” of all four major marathons in a single season by winning Chicago and then New York.
And even if she doesn’t win in Chicago, she could still claim the “triple crown” by winning London, Boston and New York in a single season.
In addition to marathon wins, McFadden has won 10 Paralympic medals, six gold medals in the IPC Athletics World Championships, and was nominated for Best Female Athlete with a Disability by the 2013 ESPYS.
Other current and former Illini competing in the race include Josh George, Amanda McGrory, and Adam Bleakney.
George is an Illinois alum who works at Intelliwheels, a startup company that works to improve wheelchair design, founded by Illinois alumni Scott Daigle and Marisa Siebel. The 28-year-old is a three-time Chicago marathon winner. McGrory is a teammate of McFadden’s at the Illinois wheelchair program. The 27-year-old won second at the London marathon and third at the Boston Marathon. When she won the New York marathon in 2011 she set a new course record. Bleakney is the head coach of the Illinois Wheelchair Track and Road racing team. In addition to coaching, the 37-year-old also remains an active competitor and won second place in the Chicago marathon last year.
For full information about the New York City Marathon please visit http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/.