Marathon world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge’s attempt to run a marathon in under two hours will take place in Vienna, Austria on October 12, 2019, and not London as previously suggested.
The run will take place on a 4.3K stretch of the tree-lined Prater Hauptallee, with turns at either end. (For those familiar with the city, the turns will occur at the Lusthaus and Praterstern roundabouts.) The course is almost completely flat, and easily accessible for local spectators.
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Conditions at that time of year in Vienna are expected to be perfect for the attempt, with an average temperature of 10 C. The event is planned for October 12, though an eight-day window has been reserved in case of bad weather.
This will be the second time Kipchoge attempts a sub-2 marathon under highly controlled conditions. He famously ran 2:00:25 at the Nike Breaking2 project in Italy in 2017.
Kipchoge won the Virgin Money London Marathon for the fourth time on April 28, running 2:02:37, the second-fastest time after his world record of 2:01:39 from Berlin 2018.