Eight U.S. Paralympians Vying For A Win At The New York City Marathon

By Kendra Hansey | Nov. 03, 2017, 11:46 a.m. (ET)

On Sunday, eight Paralympians will cap off an impeccable World Marathon Majors season with the largest marathon in the world: the New York City Marathon.

The eight returners have competed in the race a combined 49 times.

These elite eight are freshly warmed up on the marathon circuit, having raced in the 2017 Chicago Marathon less than one month prior on Oct. 8.

Reigning champion Tatyana McFadden is coming off her unprecedented eighth Chicago win after breaking her own course record. If McFadden wins in New York, record books will have to be rewritten – again.

She’ll be racing as a New York Road Runners Team for Kids Ambassador to raise money for the organization’s local and national free youth running programs.

Another strong title contender, Amanda McGrory narrowly placed second in Chicago after a finish-line sprint with McFadden. McGrory also finished second at both 2017 marathons in Boston and London. Earlier in 2017, she won the Tokyo Marathon.

Susannah Scaroni placed third in Boston and seventh in Chicago.

Of the five male U.S. Paralympians competing, Daniel Romanchuk finished the highest in Chicago after steering into ninth place.

Check out the eight U.S. Paralympians vying for a win in New York:

Tatyana McFadden | Champaign, Illinois

  • Age: 28
  • Experience: Nicknamed “Beast” for a reason, McFadden seeks to break the course’s wheelchair division record – by a male or female – hunting for her sixth New York City Marathon victory. She already broke the women’s course record in 2015 with a time of 1:43:03. Of her five wins, four of them have been consecutive since 2013. The 17-time Paralympic medalist has competed in the event seven times.
  • Motto: "You have the power to be anything you want to be."

Amanda McGrory | Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

  • Age: 31
  • Experience: The three-time Paralympian holds the American women’s marathon record (1:33:13) and owns seven Paralympic medals. McGrory has been crowned champion two out of the nine times she’s raced in New York City. In 2016, she finished third.
  • Nickname: Chip – after chipping her tooth on a tongue piercing

Susannah Scaroni | Tekoa, Washington

  • Age: 26
  • Experience: For the fifth time, the two-time Paralympian returns to the New York City Marathon. She’s placed in the top 10 all four times and finished fourth in the 2016 race.
  • Motto: "Let what you do be a signature of who you are."

Adam Bleakney | Savoy, Illinois

  • Age: 42
  • Experience: The Paralympic silver medalist and four-time Paralympian has competed in the New York City Marathon seven times. In 2003, Bleakney earned his best finish at eighth place. He’s currently the head coach for the renowned Illinois men’s and women’s wheelchair track, field and racing programs.
  • Best advice: "Take responsibility for all that goes on in your life. Pursue each day as an opportunity to be excellent and to help others do the same."

Ray Martin | Jersey City, New Jersey

  • Age: 23
  • Experience: With seven Paralympic medals to his name, the two-time Paralympian returns for the third time to the New York City Marathon.
  • Sport philosophy: "Pace aggressively."

Daniel Romanchuk | Mount Airy, Maryland

  • Age: 19
  • Experience: Relatively new to the New York City Marathon, the 2017 race marks the Paralympian’s second appearance.
  • Multisport: Has also competed in swimming and paratriathlon at the national level

Krige Schabort | Rome, Georgia

  • Age: 54
  • Experience: A true New York Marathon veteran, Schabort has competed in the event 14 times – racing to first place three times. The two-time Paralympic medalist and six-time Paralympian has earned a podium finish another three times.
  • Hobby: Surfing

Brian Siemann | Millstone, New Jersey

  • Age: 28
  • Experience: A two-time Paralympian, Siemann returns to the New York City course for the sixth time. In 2015, he finished in ninth place.
  • Hobbies: Reading comics, scuba diving and cooking