Tatyana McFadden

Tatyana McFadden USA

Tatyana McFadden’s win at the 2018 Boston Marathon was her 22nd victory in an Abbott World Marathon Majors race, giving her more majors wins than any other female wheelchair athlete. After winning her second career United Airlines NYC Half already this year, she will now race for a record-breaking sixth career title in the wheelchair division of the TCS New York City Marathon, looking to surpass Edith Wolf Hunkeler’s five career victories. The NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador is a 17-time Paralympic medalist and was the first-ever winner of the Abbott World Marathon Majors wheelchair series. In her career, she has won five New York City Marathons, including four consecutively. Three years ago, she used her favorite hill at mile 16—the Queensboro Bridge—to pull away from the field, clocking in at 1:47:43. In 2015, she lowered the event record by seven minutes and 20 seconds with a time of 1:43:04.

Despite having to miss the Boston and Virgin Money London marathons in 2017 due to blood clots, McFadden won four golds that year at the World Para Athletics Championships. She followed that with a six-medal performance at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, including gold medals in the 400-, 800-, 1500-, and 5000-meter events. Her performance brought the most medals for a U.S. track and field athlete at a single Paralympics since 1992. She flew straight from Rio to New York to lead an NYRR Youth Wheelchair Racing Clinic at PS 333, Manhattan School for Children, where she donated a racing chair to NYRR’s Youth Wheelchair Training program. To finish off 2017, she set a course record of 1:39:15 to win the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October and was the runner-up at the TCS New York City Marathon.

Born with spina bifida and left at a Russian orphanage as a baby, McFadden was adopted by an American family who introduced her to sports. Her family also helped overturn federal laws that prohibited wheelchair racers and able-bodied runners from competing alongside one another at the high school level in the United States. McFadden and was honored as the 2015 Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. She also won a silver medal in cross-country skiing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympics.

  • Date of Birth Apr 21, 1989
  • Age 30
  • Gender Female
  • Country USA
  • Residence Clarksville, MD, USA


Career Highlights

Year Event Time PLACE
2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1:39:15 1st
2016  TCS New York City Marathon  1:47:43   1st
2016 Virgin Money London Marathon 1:44:14 1st
2016 Boston Marathon 1:42:16 1st
2015  Virgin Money London Marathon 1:41:14 1st


Year Event Place Time
2019 TCS New York City Marathon 2019 2 1:48:19
2019 2019 NYRR New York Mini 10K 2 0:24:01
2019 2019 United Airlines NYC Half 1 0:57:18
2018 TCS New York City Marathon 2018 2 1:50:48
2018 2018 NYRR Virtual Global Running Day 1M 384 0:08:43
2018 2018 NYRR New York Mini 10K 2 0:23:34
2018 2018 United Airlines NYC Half 3 1:04:51
2017 TCS New York City Marathon 2017 2 1:51:02
2016 TCS New York City Marathon 2016 1 1:47:43
2016 United Airlines NYC Half 2016 1 0:52:25
2015 TCS New York City Marathon 2015 1 1:43:04
2015 United Airlines NYC Half 2015 3 0:56:54
2014 TCS New York City Marathon 2014 1 1:42:16
2013 ING New York City Marathon 2013 1 1:59:13
2011 ING New York City Marathon 2011 3 1:52:52
2010 2010 ING New York City Marathon 1 2:02:22
2009 2009 ING New York City Marathon 2:08:05

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