Marcel Hug

Marcel Hug Switzerland

Marcel Hug is the most successful men’s wheelchair racer this decade. He won his second consecutive and third overall New York City Marathon in 2017, and with Manuela Schär became the first pair from the same country to sweep the wheelchair division titles. In 2016, he held off Australia’s Kurt Fearnley in a sprint finish in Central Park to take the tape by a whisker. Both men were given the same time—1:35:49—with Hug winning by a mere sixth hundredths of a second. Hug also won the 2013 New York City Marathon, prevailing in a five-man sprint to the finish.

Hug, the winner of four consecutive Boston Marathons from 2015 to 2018, won his 18th major marathon in September at the Berlin Marathon. He has won the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wheelchair Series twice, having won all of the series’ races in 2016. His personal-best time of 1:18:04, set at the 2017 Boston Marathon, is the fastest all-conditions marathon by a wheelchair athlete in history.

Hug is an eight-time Paralympic medalist with a stellar international record on the track. He won four medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics: gold in the 800 meters and the marathon and silver in the 1500 and 5000 meters.

Hug has also finished as a runner-up at back-to-back TCS New York City Marathons in 2018 and in 2019.

Born with spina bifida, Hug grew up on a farm. He has won Swiss national titles at every distance from 100 meters to 10,000 meters and is a 10-time World Para Athletics Championship gold medalist. He earned his nickname, “The Silver Bullet,” from his record-setting racing times and his chrome-plated racing helmet.

  • Date of Birth Jan 16, 1986
  • Age 34
  • Gender Male
  • Country Switzerland
  • Residence Neuenkirch, Switzerland


Career Highlights

Year Event Time PLACE
 2018  Boston Marathon   1:46:26  1st
 2017  Bank of America Chicago Marathon  1:29:23 1st 
 2017  Boston Marathon  1:18:04 1st 
 2016  BMW Berlin Marathon  1:29:51 1st 
 2016  Rio Paralympic Marathon  1:26:16  1st


Year Event Place Time
2019 TCS New York City Marathon 2019 2 1:37:25
2018 TCS New York City Marathon 2018 2 1:36:22
2017 TCS New York City Marathon 2017 1 1:37:21
2016 TCS New York City Marathon 2016 1 1:35:49
2015 TCS New York City Marathon 2015 3 1:34:05
2014 TCS New York City Marathon 2014 18 1:37:32
2013 ING New York City Marathon 2013 6 1:40:14
2011 ING New York City Marathon 2011 5 1:38:42
2009 2009 ING New York City Marathon 1:40:43
2008 2008 ING New York City Marathon 1:49:21

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