Tragedies don’t stop runners from taking part in NYC Marathon

Tatyana McFadden, who is paralyzed from the waist down, taught herself to walk on her hands and is now one of the world's top wheelchair athletes. She and other inspirational New York City Marathon runners were profiled on the Huffington Post's website.

More than 45,000 people took part in the The New York City Marathon on Sunday, and while it took a great deal of training, discipline and strength on the part of all involved, some people had to overcome especially difficult problems – both physical and emotional – in order to complete the marathon. The Huffington Post profiled a few of these people today.

The people profiled range in age from their 20s to their 80s, and come from diverse walks of life, but they have in common the fact that they ran the grueling marathon in the wake of tragedy, having suffered debilitating physical handicaps, disease, addiction and the deaths of loved ones. They’re soldiers, fathers, wives and grandmothers. And their stories are very inspiring. Check out the Huffington Post’s sideshow for more of their stories.

-Erin

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