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Pushing boundaries: Nike aims to break 2-hour marathon barrier

Pushing boundaries: Nike aims to break 2-hour marathon barrier

Testing the human limit

Text: Faizal Dahlawia


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In a move that is both bold and necessary, Nike has set up a team to achieve a seemingly impossible dream.

Nike has launched a new initiative aimed at breaking the 2-hour marathon mark. Code named Breaking2, Nike's new project sees an elite group of athletes – Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea – handpicked to not only break the current men's world record time of 2:02:57 but also to do it under two hours. The initiative was inspired by the words of Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman who said, "The real purpose of running isn't to win a race, it's to test the limits of the human heart."

To achieve the elusive feat, Nike has put together the world's best minds in sports and science to offer the three athletes the best chance, think diet, training as well as a suite of apparel and footwear that features technology that will heighten every athlete's potential. Details of the record-breaking attempt will be revealed in 2017.

Meet the runners in the Nike Breaking2 project...

Nike Breaking2

Nike Breaking2

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