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Eliud Kipchoge to Attempt a Sub-2-Hour Marathon This Fall

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We’re taking a short break from our regular programming this afternoon for a Middle Age “26.2 Miles” post. We are big road racing and track & field fans, and we learned some news today that we’re excited about (somehow we missed this when it was originally announced a few weeks ago).

Sponsored by the UK chemicals company Ineos, the greatest marathoner in the history of the sport, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, will make another dedicated attempt to break the magical 2-hour mark this fall. The time and place have not yet been specified, but it’s expected that the location will be a looped flat course and the date will be sometime in late September or early October.

Kipchoge holds the world record in the marathon, 2:01:39, set in Berlin in September 2018. This effort smashed the previous world record by more than a minute, the greatest reduction in the world record marathon time in more than 50 years. Kipchoge also ran the second fastest official marathon time ever, 2:02:37, in London in April 2019.

Eliud Kipchoge winning the Berlin Marathon in October 2018, in world-record time of 2:01:39
[image courtesy of the Evening Standard]

Kipchoge won the marathon gold medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Overall, he’s run 13 marathons and won 12 of them, his only loss coming in his second marathon ever back in 2013, when he finished 2nd to Wilson Kipsang’s then-world record performance in Berlin.

Back in May 2017, Kipchoge participated in a highly publicized Nike-sponsored effort to break the 2-hour mark. This race was on an auto race track in Monza, Italy – a flat looped course like that being planned in this new attempt. In that race, Kipchoge and 2 other marathoners tried for sub-2, helped by rotating pace runners. Kipchoge came agonizingly close in Monza, clocking in at 2:00:25.

26 seconds away. 1 second per mile.

We don’t know much more about the details of the new Ineos-sponsored effort than we’ve already written, other than that Kipchoge will continue to be trained by his regular coach, Patrick Sang. Kipchoge is 34 years old and very much in the prime of his running career.

With good health and what we assume will be a spare-no-expense effort by his sponsors to support his training, our money is on Eliud Kipchoge to break the 2-hour mark this fall.

We certainly send our best wishes. And we’ll definitely be watching and rooting for sub-2 when Kipchoge gives it his all this fall.

More on Eliud Kipchoge’s Sub-2-Hour Attempt

Here is the Ineos press release announcing the attempt:

Ineos has also set up a dedicated website for the “1:59 Challenge”:

At the website, you can also sign up to receive email updates about the sub-2-hour attempt.

To read more about Eliud Kipchoge and his accomplishments that make him the greatest marathoner in history, you can check out his Wikipedia page here:

Do you have any insight or predictions for Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-2-hour marathon attempt? Please share them in the Comments!


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