Big Apple Race

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News October 2013

Following cancellation caused by Hurricane Sandy, New York City Marathon competitors looking forward to this year's event.

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Many of the world’s top athletes will gather in New York early next month for the annual New York City Marathon.

Last year’s marathon was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in what would become known as the most destructive hurricane of 2012. Many of the athletes, already running the course, diverted their route to assist storm victims seek shelter and render first-aid.

The wheelchair portion of the marathon will be contested through the city streets and bridges of all five boroughs before an expected crowd of two million fans and a national live TV audience on ESPN2.

Up for grabs this year is a $100,000 total purse, plus time bonuses and a $15,000 men’s and women’s champions prize.

Race officials expect the strongest and deepest pro fields in marathon history. Almost every reigning big city marathon champion, a host of leading Paralympians and world champions and the deepest U.S. field of contenders are expected.

Marathon defending champions (2011) are Japan’s Masaumi Soejima in 1:37:29 in the men’s race and the United States’ Amanda McGrory in 1:50:24 in the women’s race. McGrory also holds the course record.

Right on McGrory’s heels is Tatyana McFadden, who recently went undefeated at the IPC Athletics World Championships
winning the preliminaries and finals of the women’s 100-, 200-, 400-, 800-, 1,500-, and 5,000-meter T54 wheelchair races.

Get up close with several racers as they prepare for November’s annual race by visiting


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