KUALA LUMPUR: Tomorrow at 12.45pm local time (5.45am in Monza, Italy), Nike will attempt its most ambitious running project to date, sending three marathon runners -- Olympic Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, half marathon world-record holder Zersenay Tadese, and two-time Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa -- to break the two-hour marathon barrier.
The current men’s marathon world record is 2:02:57, set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya on September 28, 2014 at the Berlin Marathon, and was ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Experts agree that the attempt is impossible, because the runners will have to run too fast for too long to clock in 1:59:59. But Nike, through this multi-disciplinary project, including of course, a running shoe made for this purpose, is positive that this can happen.
A Reuters story quoted Michael Joyner, an expert in human performance at the Mayo Clinic, who said that the attempt is “physiologically possible, the athletes attempting it, the pacing scheme, the shoes and the course should all make a difference,"
"However, a 2.5 per cent jump in a distance running record is very big by historical standards and the weather is the wild card."
Joyner thinks there is a roughly 50 per cent chance one of the runners will better 2:01:30.
The event is closed to the public, but anyone with Internet access can tune into Nike’s live stream of the attempt. Sign up to receive a notification reminder for when the attempt is happening. Live Breaking2 coverage will begin about 15 minutes before the race start.
Sal Masekela will host the show while Paula Radcliffe, Craig Masback and Kevin Hart will provide commentary. Other special guests will make appearances throughout the broadcast.
Nike unveiled Breaking2 in Dec last year, with the goal of breaking the current marathon world record by completing a run under two-hours. The attempt will be made between May 6 - 8 in the Autodromo Nazionale Monza complex outside of Milan, Italy.
To register and watch the live stream of Breaking2, visit the link below: