Kurt Fearnley

Kurt Fearnley Australia

Fearnley is one of the most colorful—and feared—wheelchair athletes in the world. He has captured 13 individual medals across five Paralympic Games, including a silver in the marathon and bronze in the 5000 meters at the Rio 2016 Games where he served as Australia’s co-captain. He has won five New York City Marathon titles, including four consecutive from 2006 to 2009; his 1:29:22 event record from 2006 still stands. Fearnley has won two Paralympic marathon gold medals, two IPC Athletics World Championship marathon golds, and marathon races in London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seoul, Rome, Paris, Sydney, and Port Elizabeth. This year, he won the Tokyo Marathon in February, and placed second at the Rio Paralympic Marathon in September as well as the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October. 

At the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, he was the runner-up in a photo finish, crossing the line just sixth hundredths of a second behind Switzerland's Marcel Hug.

Two days after his New York City victory in 2009, Fearnley proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Sheridan Rosconi on a carriage ride through Central Park; the pair wed in December of 2010. Later that month, Fearnley crawled the grueling Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea to raise money for charity; the 96-kilometer trek took him 11 days.

In 2014, Fearnley and his wife welcomed their first son, Harry, and the family was on hand to greet Fearnley at the finish line of his victorious TCS New York City Marathon that November. Born without the lower portion of his spine, Fearnley works as an ambassador for the Day of Difference Foundation, a charity for critically injured children. His autobiography, Pushing the Limits: Life, Marathons and Kokoda, was published in October 2014.

  • Date of Birth May 23, 1981
  • Age 38
  • Gender Male
  • Country Australia
  • Residence Hamilton, Australia


Career Highlights

Year Event Time PLACE
2016 Virgin Money London Marathon 1:35:25 2nd
2016  Boston Marathon  1:24:06  3rd
2014  Bank of America Chicago Marathon  1:32:13  2nd
2013  Bank of America Chicago Marathon  1:30:38  2nd
2013  Virgin Money London Marathon  1:31:29  1st
2011  IPC Athletics World Championships Marathon  1:31:09  1st
2011 Boston Marathon  1:18:51  2nd
2008  Beijing Paralympic Marathon  1:23:17  1st
2006  IPC Athletics World Championships Marthon  1:28:17  1st
2004 Athens Paralympic Marathon  1:25:37 1st 


Year Event Place Time
2018 TCS New York City Marathon 2018 5 1:40:23
2016 TCS New York City Marathon 2016 2 1:35:49
2015 TCS New York City Marathon 2015 5 1:35:21
2014 TCS New York City Marathon 2014 1 1:30:55
2013 ING New York City Marathon 2013 8 1:40:15
2011 ING New York City Marathon 2011 2 1:33:56
2010 2010 ING New York City Marathon 3 1:38:44
2009 2009 ING New York City Marathon 1:35:58
2008 2008 ING New York City Marathon 1:44:51
2007 2007 ING New York City Marathon 1:33:58
2006 2006 ING New York City Marathon 1:29:22
2005 2005 ING New York City Marathon 3 1:31:45

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