Tokyo 2020 Slots Up For Grabs At Chicago Marathon

By Olivia Truby | Oct. 11, 2019, 3:51 p.m. (ET)

Amanda McGrory looks to punch her ticket to Tokyo at the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 13. 

On Sunday, 35 U.S. wheelchair racers will take to the city of Chicago to compete in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The race serves as a trials event for the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, with four athletes able to qualify for the marathon competition in Tokyo. The top two American men and top two American women who have met both the minimum qualifying standard and the national team A standard will punch their tickets to Tokyo. 

One of the biggest names competing in the men's wheelchair division is Daniel Romanchuk (Mount Airy, Maryland), who recently became the first American man to win a World Marathon Majors title after winning four races in the series, including becoming the first American man to win the New York and Boston marathons. At the 2018 edition of the Chicago Marathon, Romanchuk edged defending champion Marcel Hug of Switzerland to win the crown.

Romanchuk will race for the men's wheelchair title alongside fellow Paralympians Ray Martin (Jersey City, New Jersey), Aaron Pike (Park Rapids, Minnesota) and Brian Siemann (Millstone, New Jersey).

In the women's wheelchair competition, 17-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland) will battle it out alongside Susannah Scaroni (Tekoa, Washington) and Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania). In 2018, Scaroni was the top American woman to finish, placing third in the women's wheelchair division.

Known for its flat and fast course, the Chicago Marathon starts and ends in Grant Park and will cover 29 neighborhoods throughout the city.