Again honoring those who were killed or injured just hours after she won her first Boston Marathon in 2013, Clarksville's Tatyana McFadden wore a shirt honoring 8-year-old Richard Martin en route to her third straight women's wheelchair victory at the Boston Marathon.
With a time of 1 hour, 52 minutes and 54 seconds — around 17 minutes behind her 2014 pace of 1:35:06 because of wet conditions — McFadden began a quest for a third straight "Grand Slam" after sweeping the marathons in London, Boston, Chicago and New York in 2013 and 2014.
Last year, McFadden was deeply affected by the bombing victims she met, and she said she ran her race for them. She raced as part of team MR8, and wore the team's shirt. She also gave her gold olive wreath to Carlos Arredondo, who was lauded for his work at the bombing scene helping victims.
This year, she wore Richard's team's shirt yet again.
"Today it's really about strength, courage and hope, and that's what Boston is about," McFadden told Boston's CBS affiliate, via Sports Illustrated. "The people of Boston carry me through the race. They're my second family, the marathon community."
An Atholton graduate, McFadden was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and adopted when she was 6 years old. She is paralyzed from the waist down because of spina bifida, a birth condition in which the spinal cord does not completely develop.
In previous years, London was held before Boston. But this year, Boston was held first, with London scheduled for Sunday, April 26.