All the information you need to know about the Breaking2 project, a Nike initiative aimed at breaking the two-hour mark in the marathon. The current men’s marathon world record is 2:02:57, set by Dennis Kimetto at the 2014 Berlin Marathon.

Nike Breaking2 live YouTube stream

Quick hits

Date: Saturday, May 6 (the night of May 5 in North America)
Start time: 5:45 a.m. (11:45 p.m. EDT Friday)
Location: Autodromo Nazionale Monza Formula One race track, Monza, Italy
Goal: 1:59:59 for 42.195K
Athletes: Eliud Kipchoge, Zersenay Tadese and Lelisa Desisa (there are many superstars who will act as pace setters)
Broadcast details: Live commentary from the event, with hosts Sal Masekela, Craig Masback and women’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe!

Trailer

Athlete’s credentials

– 32 years old, Kenyan
– Third fastest marathoner in history
– 2014 Chicago Marathon champion
– 2015 Berlin Marathon champion
– 2015, 2016 London Marathon champion
– 2016 Olympic Marathon champion
– Marathon PB: 2:03:05

– 34 years old, Eritrean
– Five-time IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships gold medallist
– 2004 Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist
– Half-marathon world record holder (58:23)
– Marathon PB: 2:10:41 


– 27 years old, Ethiopia
– 59:30 half-marathon PB
– 2:04:45 marathon debut (2013)
– Two-time Boston Marathon champion
– 2013 IAAF World Championships marathon silver medallist
– Marathon PB: 2:04:45

Canadian Running is in Italy for the attempt so make sure to check back at runningmagazine.ca for the latest as well as follow us on social media for an exclusive look at the Breaking2 project.

Useful Canadian Running links

The pacers
Breaking2 shoes
Weather
CR podcast on the sub-two-hour marathon attempt
The venue
Motivational Breaking2 videos
How fast is a 1:59:59 marathon?
Expert predictions + poll

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