This year the Peachtree is even more important for McFadden, who hasn’t had many competitions in the past year. She’ll join Team USA and head to Tokyo on Aug. 9 to compete in the Paralympic Games.
“The preparation (for the games) has been pretty tough, so the Peachtree Road Race is great preparation to get into the competition zone again,” McFadden said. “Mentally prepare, physically prepare and get your body doing that again. That’s probably been the hardest part because we haven’t had a lot of competitions.”
For the first time in a while, McFadden will get to train in person with her teammates in Illinois. The Paralympians were forced to train alone because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
McFadden knows it will be a grind, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It’s going to be a lot of eating, sleeping and training, but it’s what I love,” she said.