Dorian Kail Does The White House

Yesterday’s “06880” post about the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act — and the formation of a possible town commission on disabilities — resonated with Dorian Kail.

The Westport native manages the professional wheelchair division at New York Road Runners (including the marathon). She’s been awed by the accomplishments of the men and women who use wheels to run.

One of her top athletes — the fastest wheelchair marathoner of all time — is Tatyana McFadden. She won a lawsuit against her high school to allow wheelchair participants in sports.

Last week, McFadden invited Kail to the White House, to celebrate the ADA’s anniversary. McFadden and Kail met the president; Kail also had a quick conversation with Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Bob Dole (who as a senator helped pass the ADA).

Dorian Kail and Vice President Joe Biden.

Dorian Kail and Vice President Joe Biden, at the White House.

Thanks for all you’ve done, Dorian. Keep on pushing — and keep helping these remarkable athletes run.

Dorian Kail and Tatyana McFadden stroll through the White House.

Dorian Kail and Tatyana McFadden stroll through the White House.

Former senator Bob Dole -- now 92 years old -- asked for a selfie with Dorian Kail.

Former senator Bob Dole — now 92 years old — asked for a selfie with Dorian Kail.

5 responses to “Dorian Kail Does The White House

  1. Marjorie Almansi

    Dorian is an inspiration to us all. Not only is she tireless in her efforts with athletes with disabilities but she also devotes a huge amount of time and attention to Hole in the Wall Camp. Did I am always in awe of all that she does. She is a true leader making a real difference in the world.

  2. Peter Gambaccini

    I’ve seen her at NYC marathon press conferences and probably those for the NYC Half for the past few years. She’s enthusiastic, tireless, and articulate. She’s precisely what the wheelchair athletes need to be promoted as they should be. She took over the New York Road Runners wheelchair division from a couple who had deep Westport connections– Bob and Patty Laufer.

  3. katherine Hooper

    Dorian is awesome! she is one of my favorite Westporters and so modest. I had no idea about all of her accomplishments. The only thing she can’t seem to do though is get me out there running with her! Way to go Dorian!

  4. This is amazing!!! Way to go 🙂

  5. Deirdre O'Farrelly

    You are wonderful Dorian, your encouraging light shines as brightly as your fabulous smile.
    always a treat to run with you
    Deirdre