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San Clemente resident Beth Sanden poses with her medal from the New York City Marathon. Courtesy photo
San Clemente resident Beth Sanden poses with her medal from the New York City Marathon. Courtesy photo

San Clemente Times

The New York City Marathon is regarded as one of the most prestigious and popular marathon races in the United States. On November 3, more than 45,000 participants took to the streets of New York to participate in the event.

San Clemente resident Beth Sanden, who is partially paralyzed from the waist down, competed in the hand-cycle division of the race and finished in sixth-place. It was her second time completing the marathon. Sanden finished the 26.2-mile race in three hours and six minutes and competed against 74 other hand-cyclists.

Sanden traveled the historic route that goes through New York’s Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan boroughs all the way to the finish line in Central Park.
Sanden said that this race was particularly important, given the horrific events that happened in this year’s Boston Marathon.

“The feeling was solidarity. We are not afraid to compete in a marathon with remembrance of Boston and those injured,” Sanden said. “That race was in honor of the (victims).”

Because of her six-place finish in New York, Sanden has qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2014. Sanden will compete in the Los Angeles Marathon in March.

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