Josh George

Josh George USA

Josh George recorded his first podium finish at the TCS New York City Marathon in 2015, challenging South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk down to the homestretch in Central Park before finishing second in 1:30:55. Then in 2016, he took third behind Switzerland’s Marcel Hug and Australia’s Kurt Fearnley, finishing as the top American in the men’s wheelchair division. In 2018, racing as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador, he was eighth.

George won the inaugural professional wheelchair athlete race at the 2014 NYC Half, and was the runner-up in the event in both 2016 and 2018.

George has won Bank of America Chicago Marathon titles in 2003, 2004, and 2006, and 2014. In 2015, he took first at the Virgin Money London Marathon, an event that also served as the IPC World Championships Marathon.

A four-time Paralympian, George competed in four events at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, highlighted by fifth-place finishes in the 800 meters and the 5000 meters. He competed in seven track and field events at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics and was the London 2012 Paralympic bronze medalist at 800 meters, an event that he won at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon, France.

George suffered permanent paralysis when he fell from a 12th-floor window at the age of 4. In 2007, George graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. George was profiled in the New York Times on May 15, 2008, when he had set world records at 100, 400, and 800 meters before age 25. He is now a strong advocate of the Rising New York Road Runners Youth Wheelchair Training Program, having donated one of his racing chairs to the program. Off the roads, this year George and his brother opened their own barbeque restaurant and catering company, Smokin’ J’s, in San Diego.

  • Date of Birth Mar 18, 1984
  • Age 35
  • Gender Male
  • Country USA
  • Residence Champaign, IL, USA


Career Highlights

2018  United Airlines NYC Half  2nd  53:33
2015 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 1:31:31
2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 1:32:12
2014 NYC Half 1st 50:37
2008 Beijing Paralympic 100m T53 1st 14.79


Year Event Place Time
2019 2019 United Airlines NYC Half 4 0:56:47
2018 TCS New York City Marathon 2018 8 1:41:36
2018 2018 United Airlines NYC Half 2 0:53:33
2017 2017 United Airlines NYC Half 5 0:49:18
2016 TCS New York City Marathon 2016 3 1:39:01
2015 TCS New York City Marathon 2015 2 1:30:55
2015 United Airlines NYC Half 2015 2 0:49:11
2014 TCS New York City Marathon 2014 7 1:33:09
2014 NYC Half 2014 1 0:50:37
2013 ING New York City Marathon 2013 15 1:46:43
2011 ING New York City Marathon 2011 7 1:39:02
2010 2010 ING New York City Marathon 13 1:53:29
2009 2009 ING New York City Marathon 1:44:22
2008 2008 ING New York City Marathon 1:54:30
2007 2007 ING New York City Marathon 1:38:06
2004 2004 ING New York City Marathon 1:43:02

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