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Friend of the Reeve Foundation, Tatyana McFadden, was named the winner of the women's wheelchair division in the 2013 Boston Marathon. Here's a bit more about her win from the Baltimore Sun:
McFadden, competing for the first time in one of the world's most prestigious marathons, said she struggled to catch the lead pack for the first half of the race but was inspired by huge crowds at the course's famed "Heartbreak Hill."
"You can tune out the fatigue in your muscles," she said after the race but before the explosions. "The energy of the crowd, the cheering, they knew everyone's name. … Having their support really got me through it."
"She's always been afraid to try Boston," said McFadden's mother, Deborah. "There are so many hills, and she doesn't like going down hills."
But as she often has in her life, McFadden won regardless. She didn't plan to celebrate long. Instead, she was set to get on a plane for London, where she plans to run in that city's marathon on Sunday, also her 24th birthday.
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While we are thrilled for Tatyana and her win, our thoughts are with all those affected by the bombings during yesterday's race.
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