For McFadden, who is celebrating her 25th birthday, this was her second Boston Marathon and second consecutive victory.
“The support all along for the 26.2 miles, every mile there was a crowd of people there,” she said. “We were just exhausted and tired, but the support from and the energy from people calling your name, it was just wonderful.”
McFadden won the 2013 New York City Marathon women's wheelchair race after taking the titles in Boston, London and Chicago last year.
Born with a spinal defect and left at a Russian orphanage as a baby, McFadden was adopted by an American family and got involved in swimming, basketball and track. She's a member of the University of Illinois Wheelchair Racing team.
Tatyana McFadden won silver in the one kilometer sitting cross-country race at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. She finished just .1 second behind the woman who won gold.