Go for Gold: Success is a Marathon

In an event presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and Swissnex, Swiss wheelchair racing superstar Marcel Hug, aka the “Silver Bullet,” and his engineering team discuss what it takes to break world records.

As Marcel Hug returns to defend his title at the Boston Marathon, he does so with a remarkable track record. A six-time winner of the men’s wheelchair division of the marathon, Hug also holds several world records and Paralympic gold medals. His physical and mental strengths, which have enabled him to dominate the sport, are backed by a team focused on ensuring his peak performance.

As in any competitive sport, wheelchair racers embrace technological innovation. To this end, Hug joined forces with a dedicated Swiss team of engineers, embarking on a mission to build the world’s fastest wheelchair and make it available to all racers. This endeavor united Formula One aerodynamics with Swiss precision engineering and advanced materials, backed by creative ingenuity.

For the engineering team from Orthotec, a charitable subsidiary of the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation, and Sauber Technologies, the collaboration with Hug was also an opportunity to advance a broader mission of promoting freedom of movement for people with a spinal cord injury and similar limitations. This mission is embodied in the world-class facilities of the Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil, which offers acute treatment and rehabilitation services, as well as a training home for Hug and other athletes.

In an event presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and Swissnex at The Engine, the tough tech incubator built by MIT, Marcel Hug and his team will discuss how trust, teamwork, and a competitive mindset together support this world-class athlete, while also inspiring ways to improve mobility for those using assistive technologies.


  • 5:00pm – Doors Open
  • 5:15pm – Opening Remarks and Video
  • 5:30pm – Panel Discussion
  • 6:30pm – Reception
  • 7:30pm – Event End

Event start time



Go for Gold: Success is a Marathon is co-organized by Swissnex in Boston and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, in partnership with Orthotec, Sauber Technologies, and Presence Switzerland.

  •  Orthotec
  • Sauber Technologies
  • Swisstech
  • PRS