Manuela Schär

Manuela Schär Switzerland

Manuela Schär, a three-time Paralympic medalist and six-time European champion, has won the last three TCS New York City Marathons. She is arguably the most dominant marathoner right now, having won the Berlin, Chicago, New York, Tokyo, Boston and London Marathons all in the last calendar year.

Schär won her first TCS New York City Marathon in 2017 after three consecutive runner-up finishes. She would go on to win the Abbott World Marathon Majors series title; earlier in the series she won her first Boston Marathon title, clocking a world-best time of 1:28:17, and then one week later won the Virgin Money London Marathon. That September, she broke the women's wheelchair world record with a 1:36:53 victory at the BMW Berlin Marathon.

Schär kicked off her 2018 campaign with her fifth Abbott World Marathon Majors race win in the span of a year, taking the tape at the Tokyo Marathon. She then went on to win her second United Airlines NYC Half and claim gold over 1500 and 5000 meters at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin. She finished her season with another victory at the TCS New York City Marathon.

In 2019, Schär cruised to her third-straight TCS New York City Marathon title, winning by almost four minutes. The victory marked her ninth consecutive Abbott World Marathon Majors race victory and her time was the second-fastest ever in New York City Marathon history.

She entered the world of wheelchair marathoning later than many of her competitors, but she’s proven to be one of the toughest racers to beat. She’s made the podium in all five of her appearances at the New York City Marathon, and has four BMW Berlin Marathon titles to her name. At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, she competed in the 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter events. In 2015, Schär made her United Airlines NYC Half debut, lowering the event record to 54:38 before it was broken by Tatyana McFadden the following year. A month later, Schär was second at the Virgin Money London Marathon, which also served as the 2015 IPC World Championships Marathon.

Schär serves as an ambassador for Right to Play, an organization which helps children in disadvantaged countries take part in sports programs.

  • Date of Birth Dec 5, 1984
  • Age 35
  • Gender Female
  • Country Switzerland
  • Residence Kriens, Switzerland


Career Highlights

Year Event Time PLACE
2019  TCS New York City Marathon 1:44:20  1st
2018  Bank of America Chicago Marathon  1:41:38    1st 
2017 TCS New York City Marathon  1:48:09  1st
2017 Virgin Money London Marathon 1:39:57  1st
2013 IPC Athletics World Championships Marathon 1:49:45  1st


Year Event Place Time
2019 TCS New York City Marathon 2019 1 1:44:20
2019 2019 United Airlines NYC Half 2 0:57:27
2018 TCS New York City Marathon 2018 1 1:50:27
2018 2018 United Airlines NYC Half 1 0:59:57
2017 TCS New York City Marathon 2017 1 1:48:09
2016 TCS New York City Marathon 2016 2 1:49:28
2016 United Airlines NYC Half 2016 2 0:53:10
2015 TCS New York City Marathon 2015 2 1:44:57
2015 United Airlines NYC Half 2015 1 0:54:38
2014 TCS New York City Marathon 2014 2 1:43:25
2013 ING New York City Marathon 2013 3 2:03:53

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