Seven-time champion Tatyana McFadden will return to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to defend her title. She will be leading a competitive wheelchair field for this year’s event.

McFadden is a five-time world champion and four-time Paralympian. She holds the Chicago Marathon course record of 1:41:10. In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, McFadden won four Abbott World Marathon Major races in one year: London, Boston, Chicago and New York City.

This year, McFadden competed in the Boston Marathon, despite having surgery for blood clots only weeks before. Despite a new personal best, she finished in a disappointing fourth place. However, McFadden returned to the track this summer, winning four gold medals at the  2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London.

“Tatyana became the most decorated champion in Chicago Marathon history last fall. When she comes to Chicago to race, people understand that they are watching one of the greatest champions in sport perform,” said Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski.

Also in the woman’s wheelchair field are Manuela Schär (SUI) and Amanda McGrory (USA). Schär has won this year’s Boston Marathon, setting a new personal and world best time. McGrory, a three-time Chicago Marathon champion, was runner-up in Boston. Combined, McFadden and McGrory have won every Chicago Marathon since 2007.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, Oct. 8.

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