Over 2 years ago, there was an attempt by 3 world class runners to break that 2 hour barrier on the marathon – 26.2 miles. That 2 hour mark has been like some kind of magical number, similar to the 4 minute mark of the mile. Like the 4 minute mile, many think that the 2 hour marathon will break at some point also. And there is a sub-2 hour marathon attempt that will take place tomorrow that will have everything going for it.
The Sub-2 Hour Marathon Attempt – Can It Happen?
The Man Attempting the Sub 2 Hour Marathon – Eliud Kipchoge
One of the runners that participated in the last attempt will be the only runner attempting it tomorrow, world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge will attempt it again tomorrow.
Of all the runners in the world, Eliud has the best shot right now at breaking the 2 hour marathon. Not only is he the current Olympic Gold Medalist in the marathon but he also holds the official world marathon record at 2 hours, 1 minute, and 39 seconds. In addition to that, he ran a 2 hour and 25 second minute time at the last sub 2 hour attempt.
Put simply, Eliud has what it would take. Not only that, but he has the mental toughness to eke out the extra 1 second per mile he will need over his last attempt. To the non-runner, 1 second faster per mile may not seem like much but a sub 2 hour marathon translates to running 4 minutes and 34 seconds per mile for 26.2 miles. Think about it – that is just 34 seconds slower than the 4 minute mile that people once thought could not be broken!
What Is Going Into the Sub 2 Hour Marathon Attempt
Of course, this whole effort is more than just the man of the hour, or 2 hours. There is a huge team behind him that has been using data for a while to pinpoint the best possible place for this effort. After checking all their data, they figured that Vienna, Austria would make the best spot, with an out and back 4.4 mile route for the effort.
They even put a span of a few days that the attempt would take place on to make room for weather changes. Now that they have examined all weather models and predictions, they have set a start time for tomorrow’s attempt.
In addition to those members of the team, there will be 41 pacemakers joining Eliud at various points throughout the attempt to help keep him on pace for the sub 2 hour marathon attempt. (Note: it is actually due to these pacemakers – that will be coming in and out throughout the attempt – that will prevent this from being a world record attempt). These are some of the fastest men in the world at various distances that will be helping to push Eliud to get under 2 hours.
The Details of the Sub 2 Hour Marathon Attempt
Just a few hours ago, INEOS announced the start time for this much-anticipated event. So, here are the details! If you are in the US, you will need to wake up early to watch this! But, if you are a runner, it could definitely be something to watch! In fact, maybe turn it on while you do an early morning long run on the treadmill. 🙂
- Location: Vienna, Austria
- Spectator Guide: Link Here
- Date: October 12, 2019
- Time: 8:15AM CEST (which translates to 2:15AM in NY or 11:15PM tonight on the US West Coast)
- Watch: It will be live-streamed on YouTube
I will definitely be watching this tomorrow! In fact, if my wife wasn’t about to give birth to our baby, I would be there cheering him on in person! 🙂
Good luck to Eliud!
Featured image by Jon Super for The INEOS 1:59 Challenge