Kenyan Runner, Eliud Kipchoge, Becomes First Person to Run a Marathon in Under 2 Hours

Kenyan Runner, Eliud Kipchoge, Becomes First Person to Run a Marathon in Under 2 Hours

Humans were never thought to be able to run a marathon in under two hours… until now. Eliud Kipchoge was running a marathon in Vienna, Austria. He has been trying to break the two hour mark for years, and finally he accomplished his goal. He ran the marathon in one hour, 59 minutes, and 40 seconds. However, his record breaking time was not so record breaking. It did not count as the official world record due to special advantages. 

Who is Eliud Kipchoge?

Eliud Kipchoge is a Kenyan runner who ran a marathon in under two hours. He is 34 years old and won a Gold medal in 2016. He currently holds the world record for the fastest marathon with a time of two hours one minute, and 39 seconds. However, he has been training to break the two hour mark for years. He has come close several times. He ran two marathons that were less than two minutes over his goal of under two hours. But, he finally reached his goal, even though it did not count as a world record.

Why did this time NOT count as the world record?

Eliud and his pacemakers were following a car that visibly marked laser markers to determine the best route possible. This could be key to a runner because he or she can cheat a marathon by going over flat ground or even a decline in the road. It was believed that the car he followed shaved two minutes off his time, which would put him over the two hour barrier.

When he was running , he used his pacemakers to help him from the elements. He had over 40 pacemakers in arrow formation. Arrow formation is when people get in a line where it shields the person in the middle. There are people to the left and to the right. In his group, he also had people subbing in and out with other Olympians. He did this so he could keep going with his endurance with fresh people. 

Also, Eliud ran a marathon where it was not an official event. The event was hosted Nike. Nike can hold a marathon, but an official marathon is run by Abbott World Marathons. An official marathon would be the Berlin Marathon, Boston Marathon, and the London Marathon. Regardless of what his time would have been, it was not a real race. He still ran 26.2 miles, but it was not set up by Abbott. An example would be making 100 points in a pick up game and not in a real high school game. The stats do not matter.

Finally, Eliud ran in some Nike Vapor Flys that might have given him a technological advantage. In marathon rules, runners cannot wear shoes that give an unfair advantage and must be reasonable to all. The shoes had curved carbon plates inside that allow runners to roll their feet and bend their toes. The advantage here is Eliud not losing energy when he steps. The shoes he wore had more sole mass, making his spring power greater when he ran.