“A victory for Tatyana would write her into the history books as the most dominant wheelchair racer ever in the event."
The USA’s Tatyana McFadden has confirmed she will return for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on 5 November, as she aims for a record–breaking sixth career title in the wheelchair division.
McFadden, 28, is a 17-time Paralympic medallist and the first-ever winner of the Abbott World Marathon Majors wheelchair series. She has won five career New York City Marathons, including the last four in a row.
In 2016, she used her favorite hill at Mile 16 – the Queensboro Bridge – to pull away from the field on her way to a win, clocking in at 1:47:43, short of her 1:43:04 course-record time set the year prior. With another victory on the five-borough course, McFadden would surpass Edith Hunkeler and Kurt Fearnley for the most career wins – by a male or female – in the wheelchair division.
“A victory for Tatyana would write her into the history books as the most dominant wheelchair racer – male or female – ever in the event,” said Peter Ciaccia, President of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon
“I really look forward to racing in New York this year,” McFadden said. “I will be going for my sixth win and a record for the most victories ever by a wheelchair athlete in the New York City Marathon. Racing through the streets of New York is always exciting and I'm so proud as always to be an NYRR Team For Kids Ambassador.”
Racing as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador, McFadden will represent the organisation’s charity running team, a committed group of more than 1,700 adult runners from around the world who add meaning to their miles by raising funds for NYRR’s free youth running programmes.