From the first sub-4 minute mile to the first sub-10 second 100m, runners throughout history have always sought to break barriers that no one ever believed possible. Now, in 2017, Nike and their team of super athletes are looking to break another elusive barrier, the first sub-2 hour marathon. While many people believe just shaving a few seconds off the current world record of 2:02:57 is unlikely, Nike will be aiming to take nearly 3 minutes off by optimizing nutrition and pacing as well as through the utilization of high tech running gear. This historic event will take place tonight and below we lay out everything you need to know in order to be all caught up on the action.
Who is running? Olympic marathon gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge, two-time Boston marathon champ Lelisa Desisa, and half marathon world record-holder Zersenay Tadese are the three super athletes who will be attempting to dip under 2 hours. They will be led by an electric car sporting an official time as well as group pacers including world class athletes such as Bernard Lagat, Sam Chelanga, and Stephen Sambu.
Where are they running? The race will take place on a Formula One race track in Monza, Italy. Runners will complete approximately 17.5 laps on the ultra fast closed course.
When does the race take place? The race officially starts Saturday, May 6 at 5:45 a.m. Central European Summer Time. For viewers in the United States, the start time will take place Friday, May 5 at 11:45 p.m. Eastern/8:45 p.m. Pacific.
WATCH: You can watch the attempt go down on a free live stream located below. The stream will also be available on Nike’s Facebook page. The broadcast is scheduled to begin 15 minutes before the start of the race.
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