Ernst Van Dyk (RSA) and Tatyana McFadden (USA) Win 2014 Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
24 APR 2014
Two-race competition, culminating with 2014 Boston Marathon®, awarded $35,000 (USD) in bonuses to elite wheelchair athletes.

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that 2014 Boston Marathon champions Ernst Van Dyk (RSA) and Tatyana McFadden (USA) each won an additional $10,000 (USD) in prize money as the winners of the 2014 Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge. For the second consecutive year, the Boston Marathon was part of the Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge, a two-race competition which awarded $35,000 (USD) in prize money to elite wheelchair athletes who competed in both the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, April 13, 2014 and the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. For the 29th consecutive year, principal sponsor John Hancock Financial Services provided the prize purse for the Boston Marathon.

Van Dyk, 41, finished the 2014 Boston Marathon in 1:20:36, winning his 10th Boston Marathon title. Having won in 2001 through 2006 and 2008 through 2010, Van Dyk has earned more Boston Marathon victories than any other athlete in history. He finished third in the London Marathon just eight days earlier in 1:32:42, giving him a total of 30 points in the two-race competition.

Marcel Hug (SUI) finished second in the Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge, earning 29 points and winning $5,000 (USD) in prize money. Hug won the London Marathon in 1:32:41 and placed fourth in Boston, with a time of 1:24:39. Kota Hokinoue (JPN) finished third in the two-race competition with 24 points after placing fourth in London, with a time of 1:32:43, and second in Boston in 1:21:14.

On the women’s side, McFadden, 25, won the Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge for the second consecutive year, finishing with 40 points. After winning the London Marathon in 1:45:12, McFadden won the Boston Marathon on the day of her 25th birthday, with a time of 1:35:06. In 2013, McFadden completed an unprecedented “Grand Slam,” winning the Boston, London, Chicago, and New York City Marathons in the same calendar year.

Wakako Tsuchida (JPN) finished in second place in the two-race competition with 25 points. Tsuchida finished third in the London Marathon in 1:46:45 and second in the Boston Marathon in 1:37:24. Finishing third in the Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge was Manuela Schar (SUI), who finished second in London in 1:46:44 and finished fourth in Boston, with a time of 1:39:39. Scar finished the two-race competition with 24 points. 

Points in the Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge were awarded according to finishing place in each race. Cumulative scores were ranked in order to determine the top three men and women overall. To be eligible for prize money, athletes must have competed in both races.

Prize money awards in the Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge were in addition to the $60,000 (USD) prize purse awarded in the push rim wheelchair division of the 2014 Boston Marathon. As champions of the 2014 Boston Marathon, Van Dyk and McFadden each won $15,000 (USD) in prize money.

2014 Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge: Men’s Final Standings
1st place, Ernst Van Dyk (RSA) 30pts, $10,000 (USD)
2nd place, Marcel Hug (SUI), 29pts, $5,000 (USD)
3rd place, Kota Hokinoue (JPN), 24pts, $2,500 (USD)

2014 Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge: Women’s Final Standings
1st place, Tatyana McFadden (USA) 40pts, $10,000 (USD)
2nd place, Wakako Tsuchida (JPN), 25pts, $5,000 (USD)
3rd place, Manuela Schar (SUI), 24pts, $2,500 (USD)

2014 Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge Points Structure
1st place = 20pts
2nd place = 15pts
3rd place = 10pts
4th place = 9pts
5th place = 8pts
6th place = 7pts
7th place = 6pts
8th place = 5pts
9th place = 4pts
10th place = 3pts

2014 Boston-London Wheelchair Challenge Prize Structure
1st place = $10,000 (USD)
2nd place = $5,000 (USD)
3rd place = $2,500 (USD)

About the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors, along with the international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2014. The 119th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit

About The London Marathon
The London Marathon was first run in 1981, co-founded by the late Chris Brasher, and current London Marathon Director John Disley, establishing charitable status and with six aims;

1) To improve the overall standard and status of British marathon running by providing a fast course and strong international competition.
2) To show mankind that, on occasions, the Family of Man can be united.
3) To raise money for the provision of recreational facilities in London *
4) To help London tourism.
5) To prove that when it comes to organizing major events, "Britain is best".
6) To have fun and provide happiness and sense of achievement in a troubled world.
7) To have fun and provide happiness and sense of achievement in a troubled world.

* The London Marathon Charitable Trust - Over £50 million has now been awarded in grants to recreational and leisure causes, with more than 1,000 projects awarded grants to date. Amount allocated in 2013 – more than £3.6 million. Seven playing fields have been saved by the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Over 924,650 finishers have raised, it is estimated, more than £663 million in sponsorship for numerous charities over the years. A record breaking £46.5 million was raised for good causes in the 2007 event, making the London Marathon a Guinness world record holder as the largest single annual fund raising event in the world. Amount raised for charities in 2012, £52.8 million and in 2013, £53 million. Fundraising figures for 2014 will be available September 2014. 35,875 (subject to ratification) runners finished the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 13th April 2014.

The 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday 26th April 2015, for more information please visit

The Virgin Money London Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors, along with the international marathons in Tokyo, Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York, for more information please visit

B.A.A. Moment 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.