Maybe once a week, Shirley Reilly and Sean Eres will be rolling their wheelchairs side by side - in a grocery store aisle, on the sidewalk, or at the mall - and encounter, almost verbatim, the same quip from a passerby: "No racing, you two!"
UA junior Shirley Reilly hopes to build on a 2012 résumé that included the Boston and L.A. marathon titles and a gold medal at the Paralympics.
A lifetime of training, both physical and mental, prepared Shirley Reilly for the moment when she, on her sport's biggest stage, was knocked to the ground.
Shirley Reilly, a 27-year-old University of Arizona junior, proudly displays the women's marathon gold medal she won in the Paralympic Games Sept. 9.
Shirley Reilly storms to the finish line to claim gold in the women's marathon at the Paralympic Games in London. Reilly finished a second ahead of Shelly Woods, center, of Britain and two seconds ahead of Sandra Graf, right, of Switzerland.
BOSTON — Tucsonan Shirley Reilly edged Japan's Wakako Tsuchida during a sprint to the finish line to win the women's wheelchair division of today's Boston Marathon.