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About German

Businessman, coach, author, speaker, humanitarian, mentor and a passionate runner.

NYCM and Wrong Way Silva

German is a retired Mexican long-distance runner who specialized in the marathon. His foremost achievements were back-to-back victories at the New York City Marathon in 1994 and 1995. He represented Mexico twice at the Summer Olympics, competing in the 10.000 mts 1992 and in the marathon 1996 (6th). He also competed at the World Championships in Athletics on two occasions. His personal best for the marathon is 2:08:56 hours. After coming in third at the 1994 London Marathon, he finished as runner-up behind Khalid Skah at the 1994 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Oslo, taking the silver medal. Although he was one second away from victory at the Oslo race, his half marathon time of 1:00:28 hours was a Mexican record – a mark which, as of 2012, remains the country’s best mark. During the New York City Marathon in November, he recovered from a wrong turn seven-tenths of a mile before the finish that put him 40 yards behind Benjamín Paredes. He ran a 5:15 final mile, including the detour, to beat Paredes by two seconds with a time of 2:11:21 hours. The incident earned him the nickname “Wrong Way Silva”.

Besides the marathon

Outside of marathon running, he won a gold medal in the steeplechase at the 1990 Central American and Caribbean Games, and lately has participated in the World Championships Spartan races, in several triathlons, Ironman and ultramarathons.

Promotor of the sport

German’s journey from humble beginnings in Mexico to his role as a passionate leader and promotor of the sport he loves, has made him a sought after exceptional coach, motivational speaker and ambassador for some of the world’s best companies and organizations.


He was awarded the prestigious Abebe Bikila Award, Luchador Olmeca,Prince of Asturias Award and inducted in the NYRR Hall of Fame.

Best times

Distance Time
Marathon 2.08.56
Half Marathon 1.00.28 (Mexican record)
10 km 28.01
10.000 meter 27.46
5.000 meter 13.26
3.000 meter steeplechase 8.33
1500 meter 3.46
Ironman, Cozumel 10:40
80 km 6:50 (2012, 3th Copper Canyon Ultra Chi.)

Best international results
Winner New York City Marathon en 1994 y 1995
Silver Medal WC Half Marathon Oslo 1994
6th place 10.000mts Olympic Games Barcelona 1992
6th place marathon Olympic Games Atlanta 1996
3rd place London Marathon 1994
1st place Revco Cleveland 10kms 1993
1st place 10k Voorthuizen, The Netherlands 2001
2nd place A.Barrios Invitational 10kms, San Diego 1998
5th place NY City Marathon 1997
4th place NY City Marathon 1998
2nd place Half Marathon Tokio 1995
First place 10k Amatrice, Italia 1995
4th place Boston Marathon 1997
6th place Boston Marathon 1998
9th place WC 10.000 mts Stuttgart 1993
3rd place San Silvestre 15kms, Sao Paolo 1994
1st place Castelbuono 11.3kms, Sicily 1995
3rd place Peachtree 10kms, Atlanta 1995
1st place 3000mts steeple chase Central American Games 1990
1st place 10k Old Reliable, Alabama 1990
1st place Lilac Bloomsday 12kms, Spokane 1990

Other activities

– General Director ‘German Silva Coaching’
– Independent Marketing Representative Beyuna
– Olympic Coach of Madai Pérez Carrillo (best Mexican and Latin American marathoner, record mex. 2:22:59)
– Coach IAAF- level 1
– Director Academy Athletics Centro Deportivo La Loma, SLP and Queretaro, Mexico
– Nike México: Head Coach Nike Run Clubs, Coach Nike Int’l Marathon Project 2002

– Special guest program Perfiles de ESPN
– Comentator Telemundo Los Ángeles Maratón 2003-2007
– Comentator Televisa Olympic Games Athens 2004
– Column writer and collaborator Runnersworld y SportLife (2007-2012), Runnersworld 2015-
– Column writer in national newspaper Reforma during Olympic Games Sydney 2000
– Column writer (2012-2013)
Conferences e.o.:
– Sports and motivational conferences of FILA: for children in the different boroughs of NY 1999- 2003
– Breathe Right: Expo clinics 2000 – 2002 NY
– New York Road Runners Club: Motivational Speaker NY Road Runners Foundation (1999-2004)
– Conferences: Cap Gemini Utrecht 2015, Sandvik Mining Amsterdam 2015, Phanos Marathon course Amsterdam 2015, 10k Rep. Dominicana 2014, 10k Agua y Energia, Coatzacoalcos 2014, Universidad La Salle 2013, Sportsworld 2013, Laguna Verde 2013, Club Santos Laguna 2013, BBVA Bancomer 2012, Tec de Mty SLP 2012, Maraton de Queretaro 2012-2011, Medio Maraton Atlas Colomos GDL 2012-2011, Runningcamp Powerbar Lima Peru 2012, Universidad Mesoamericana 2011 SLP, NY Athletic Club 2008, Seguros Tepeyac 1996, Derechos Humanos en el Deporte, IMSS Cuautla 1995

– KNP: Promotion campaign for one of the biggest companies in paper production, 1995
– Coca Cola: Promotion campaign Powerade USA 1996
– FILA: International commercials and advertisements (Silva Racer y Silva Trainer), 1994 – 2000
– AT&T: International campaign Olympic Games Atlanta 1996

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