She’s a top contender in the NYC Marathon’s wheelchair division.
One such athlete is Susannah Scaroni, a two-time Paralympian who has competed in the NYC Marathon every year since 2013. Now an elite in the wheelchair division, 27-year-old Scaroni is studying to become a registered dietician, all while training and competing against top-tier athletes in marathons around the world.
After suffering a spinal cord injury when she was five years old, she became paralyzed from the abdomen down. But the physical challenges didn’t quell her competitive spirit, and over the years, she’s found she has an advantage of sorts. “Because I was injured so young, my legs never fully developed,” says Scaroni. “As a wheelchair racer, that’s actually beneficial because your strength-to-weight ratio is really important.”
Furthermore caught up with her to talk upper-body strength, racing strategies, and why she fuels with liquid.
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