Notables in the running world predict outcome of Breaking2 attempt

See what numbers are being tossed around on social media ahead of the two-hour marathon attempt, known as the Breaking2 project.

May 5th, 2017 by | Posted in Sub2 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Lelisa Desisa and his training partners in Ethiopia. Photo: Nike.

On Saturday morning in Monza, Italy, three of the greatest men’s distance runners in the world will take to the track, a F1 course to be specific, in pursuit of a barrier that has never even been closely approached.

Nike’s Breaking2 project, an initiative put on by the sports giant in an effort to break the two-hour marathon, features Eliud Kipchoge, Zersenay Tadese and Lelisa Desisa. The attempt has been publicized widely, and hotly debated, especially on social media. Nearly three minutes, 2:58, would need to be taken off the current world record of 2:02:57 in order to run below two hours.

See what some of the biggest names in running predicted in regards to the outcome of the two-hour marathon. Make sure to voice your opinion in our poll below too.

Dr. Michael Joyner, physiologist and anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic, authored study that found 1:57:58 to be fastest possible marathon time

Ed Caesar, author of Two Hours: The Quest To Run The Impossible Marathon

Alex Hutchinson, author of the blog Sweat Science and Canadian Running senior editor

Steve Magness, coach and author of Science of Running

Chris Chavez, Sports Illustrated writer

Ross Tucker, sports scientist

Trent Stellingwerff, exercise physiologist

As an aside, Kara Goucher wrote on Twitter that she believes the women’s benchmark to be 2:11-2:12, below the current world record of 2:15:25, set by Paula Radcliffe.

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

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