Nike’s New Goal Is To Break The Two-Hour Marathon Barrier

Nike’s New Goal Is To Break The Two-Hour Marathon Barrier
Fitness & Sport

The athletic brand is working with leading experts and three athletes to achieve the, some say, impossible feat

Jennifer Passas
  • 20 december 2016

While some consider it impossible, Nike is hoping to break the two-hour marathon barrier. Working with a team of notable leaders in science and sport, Nike’s Breaking2 uses a holistic approach that brings together athletes, products, training, nutrition and environment to achieve a sub two-hour marathon.

In line with Nike’s vision and approach to sport, Breaking2 challenges the perception of what is possible. In order to reach a sub two-hour marathon, seven seconds of each of the 26.2 miles of a marathon will need to be shaved off, which is a giant stretch even for the world’s best runners. Nike has identified three elite runners who are taking on the challenge. Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea will all be attempting a sub two-hour race.

The time and place of the race where the athletes will face the challenge will be announced sometime next year.



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