Five-time New York City Marathon champion Tatyana McFadden, along with Paralympians Amanda McGrory, Chelsea McClammer and Susannah Scaroni, and newcomer Michelle Wheeler will make history.
They will take part in the New York Road Runners (NYRR) New York Mini 10km race, which will feature what is believed to be the world’s only all-women’s professional wheelchair race for the first time this year at Central Park on 9 June.
“I’m so excited to join the first-ever professional wheelchair field at the NYRR New York Mini 10K and help pave the way for future generations of women in our sport,” seven-time Paralympic champion McFadden said.
“NYRR has been leading the way for wheelchair athletes of all ages in recent years, and it’s so great to be a part of their next step forward by creating the only all-women’s wheelchair race of its kind in the world.”
McFadden will be challenged by McGrory, a two-time New York City Marathon champion and seven-time Paralympic medalist.
President of Events for NYRR Peter Ciaccia said: “We are excited to break new ground by creating the only all-women’s professional wheelchair race of its kind in the world, adding a third race to our annual calendar for professional wheelchair athletes in addition to the TCS New York City Marathon and United Airlines NYC Half.
“Having some of the most established American wheelchair racers in history, such as Tatyana (McFadden) and Amanda (McGrory), leading this field will be a tremendous showcase for the sport in an iconic New York City location.”