Peoria Public Radio News
5:41 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

UofI Paralympian wins Chicago Marathon

  Tatyana McFadden was back in class at the University of Illinois the day after her victory in the women’s wheelchair division of the Chicago Marathon. But the 24-year old Paralympian has her sights on the New York Marathon November 3rd. McFadden says the New York route poses a different challenge than the Chicago marathon.  You know, it’s different from the Chicago Marathon, because it’s not as flat, there’s lots of climbing, there’s lots of downhill. So, I just have to play smart, and review my own strengths and weaknesses, and push as fast I can and as hard as I can, and really just push my own race.Despite the differences, McFadden says she hopes to win, if not finish, in the top three of the New York Marathon. She set a new record in the Chicago Marathon women’s wheelchair division. It took her one hour, 42 and a half minutes. McFadden won the Boston and London Marathons earlier this year.