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New York City Marathon 2011: Amanda McGrory's Record Time Is Truly Inspirational

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06:  Masazumi Soejima of Japan (L) and Amanda Mcgrory of the United States (R) celebrates their first place finishes in the Men's and Women's Wheelchair Division at the 42nd ING New York City Marathon in Central Park on November 6, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Kyle SkovCorrespondent IINovember 6, 2011

A marathon isn't just a race that forces one to battle the physical agony of going the 26.2 miles—one must also battle the mental agony that is telling them to stop. Amanda McGrory took on both at the New York City Marathon on Sunday while setting a course record for the women’s wheelchair race with a time of 1:50:24.

The New York City Marathon is a very famous event that many people say they have dreams or aspirations of running at some point in their life. This, of course, is something that most do not live up to and do.

Amanda McGrory cannot run the marathon, but as an active and physically fit 25-year-old, she still had aspirations of being in the race, and she took it with her wheelchair.

Amanda McGrory is an amazing athlete. A native of Champaign, Ill., she has won Paralympic medals and can even claim the feat of winning the Paris and London marathons a week apart.

McGrory spoke about her accomplishment of winning both of those marathons with in a week, saying, “It’s tough. It’s one of those things that’s unfeasible for a runner to do, but it is a little bit more reasonable for a wheelchair racer.”

Her mark of 1:50:24 is an absolutely outstanding time, and her story is one that has been overshadowed by other people in the marathon. McGrory’s course record is something that should not be overlooked.

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