Starting at the Dodger Stadium, wheelchair racers took off at 6:55 a.m. on March 17 for the annual Los Angeles Marathon, and both the male and female athletes crossed the finish line in record time. U.S. Paralympians Krige Schabort and Susannah Scaroni won the men's and women's wheelchair races, respectively.
In the women's race, Scaroni (Champaign, Ill.) and Shirley Reilly (Tucson, Ariz.) alternated between first and second place throughout the race. Reilly, who took home a gold medal in the women's marathon from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, as well as silver and bronze medals in other events, held the lead for the first 30-kilometers but Scaroni ultimately took the first place position with her time of 1:54.38.
The win in Los Angeles is Scaroni’s first marathon victory. She topped Reilly, who placed second (1:55.11) in the women’s division, and Great Britain’s Shelly Woods, who won the silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in women's marathon.
Team USA's male athletes also dominated the race with top finishes. 2012 U.S. Paralympian Schabort (Cedartown, Ga.) finished first in each 10k split and came out on top with a course record breaking time of 1:30.49. This set a new course record against his time of 01:39:53 in the 2012 LA Marathon.
Aaron Pike (Champaign, Ill.), who also competed in London, finished in fifth place in 1:40.34.
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