There’s been a long-held acceptance that it’s impossible to complete a marathon in less than two hours. The record for the fastest marathon ever run is 2:02:57. But Nike doesn’t accept that assumption – they’re pretty confident that their three Nike athletes who are about to attempt to break the two-hour marathon barrier will succeed.
On May 6, 2017, at 1:45pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, three runners – Lelisa Desisa, Zersenay Tadese and Eliud Kipchoge – all from African countries, will attempt to shave at least 2 minutes and 58 seconds off the world record – no small feat, since it took 16 years for the marathon record to drop about three minutes from 2:06:05 to the current 2:02:57, the record set in 2014.
In order to experience how fast these dudes have to go, Women’s Health joined Nike Run Club coach Matty Abel and some pacers to run a 2 minute, 51 second kilometre – the pace that they’ll have to maintain over 42.2km! And boy, is that fast.
I have a feeling this weeks going to be HUGE. . . DBA Runners is now at full capacity both online and in the gym. 🙌🏼 . . Nike+ Run Club is fully booked for Wednesday's Speed Run. ⚡️ . . Me personally, I'm coming off the back of my first 100km week in a while & I'm ready to rock another week of quality training. 🕺 . . Work hard and you'll be rewarded, end of story.. . Photo credits @marceauphotography
To put the speed in context, Nike athlete Jordan Mercer, current Surf IronWoman Series Champion, weighs in: “When I think of the pace these incredible athletes are running at, it truly seems ridiculous that it can be maintained for a marathon distance. You would need to be riding a push bike to keep up.”
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When asked if she reckons it’s possible these runners will break the 2-hr barrier, Mercer says yes. “Records are made to be broken and many feats seem impossible until they’re done. I believe it is possible. Our environment, research and the materials we use have improved.
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“Runners would run on a dirt track in bare feet and records were set. These records have since been beaten by athletes who have had advances such as tartan tracks and purpose-built clothing and shoes, with training and sports science knowledge far beyond times gone past. I believe we can keep getting faster and stronger individually and with outside assistance we have far greater heights to reach.”
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You can tune in to Nike’s live stream of this history-making #Breaking2 attempt, which is happening in Monza, Italy. #justdoit
Three Nike athletes will be attempting to break the two-hour marathon barrier some time between 6th & 8th May. To experience how fast these dudes will have to run, this #Nike Run Club crew 👆 and I ran a 2 min 50 sec kilometre. Holy heck it's pretty fast 🚀🚀🚀 Will be incredible if they can keep that up for the 42.2km. You can watch the #Breaking2 marathon live – go to nike.com to sign up to be notified that the race has started! @nikerunning #NRC #justdoit #running
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