September 27, 2015
The big story at the 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon was Eliud Kipchoge winning in 2:04:00 despite running most of the race with the insoles falling out of his shoes. We’ve never seen anything like it and have a photo gallery below via our partner photorun.net. Message board poster “Tobi” on LetsRun.com reported the shoe problem 16km into the race.
Kipchoge with the win all but guaranteed himself a share of the $500,000 Abbott World Marathon Major prize, and doing it with his insoles falling out entered the ranks of mythological lore.
Afterwards Kipchoge told Reuters, “At some point they started coming out but I had no time to remove them. But when you run without soles there is a lot of impact. There was a lot of pain with every step.”
Last month at the World Track and Field Championships in Beijing, Conseslus Kipruto’s shoe nearly came apart (photo here) after he hit the last water barrier but he only had to run 150 meters with a hole in his shoe and he didn’t end up winning the race. Kipchoge’s feat is definitely unprecedented.
We analyze this year’s BMW Marathon here.