Strong Wheelchair Field set for New York City Marathon

The New York City marathon announced on Wednesday the entries in the elite events, including those of the para-athletes completing. The two defending champions return to defend their titles, Tatyana McFadden and Ernst van Dyk, with McFadden especially being used as a headliner of the event.

Undoubtedly McFadden will be one of the stars of the whole marathon, with her phenomenal time at Rio seeing her bring her total to 17 Paralympic medals. Reflecting that McFadden has been named an ambassador by the New York Road Runners (NYRR) who run the event.

For McFadden she will be seeking her fourth straight title in New York City, and her fifth ever crown in the race. Van Dyk is seeking his third total win in New York City in a field that will contain 25 Paralympians who won seven, total, gold medals in Rio.

The women’s course record is currently held by McFadden with 1:43:04 which se set as part of a marathon grand slam last year in London, Boston, Chicago, and New York City. McFadden is currently the world number one after having won Boston and London this year.

As part of her role as an NYRR ambassador, McFadden has been leading wheelchair racing clinics to introduce children to the sport, both able bodied and children with impairments. She’s also put her own money in the cause, donating a racing wheelchair to NYRR.

The field in New York City is one of the best para-athlete fields ever gathered for a marathon outside of the Paralympic Games. With a total of 19 medals between the athletes expect a fast pace that could well see the course record broken. The total prize pool for wheelchair racers will be $103,000 with the winners in each sex claiming $15,000 and the top eight all getting a cut of the prize money.

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