Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese will skip a spring marathon and instead participate in a Nike-run program which will try and create the perfect preparations and conditions for a man to run 4:34 pace for 26.2 miles.
*Wired: “Inside Nike’s Quest For The Impossible: A Two-Hour Marathon” The article is from Ed Caesar who spent three years writing the book, Two Hours: The Quest To Run The Impossible Marathon, which was published in 2015.
*WSJ Article By Sarah Germano Includes a quote from LRC's Rojo and Nike admits the sub-2 attempt won't be on a record eligible course.
*MB: Nike sub 2 Hour Marathon attempt in 2017 & Nike ruins dream Bekele vs. Kipchoge London matchup
*MB: Nike admits that its sub-2 hr attempt won’t come on a legitimate course and won’t count for a WR
*LRC Archives The Myth Of The Sub-2-Hour Marathon Rojo wrote this article over 3-years ago and said, “Despite the dumb mainstream press articles … the fact of the matter is humans aren’t close to doing it (without the help of some undetectable drugs).”
*Special LRC Sub-2 Hour Marathon Section
Mo Farah, Chris Derrick, German Gernandez, Tariku Bekele, Zersenay Tadese, Imane Merga, Ibrahim Jeilan, Muktar Edris and more.
Farah will face a stacked field which will include Geoffrey Kamworor and Zersenay Tadese.
*Video Interview With Farah
With Mo Farah and Geoffrey Kamworor previously announced, this is shaping up to be an amazing race.
Tadese faces 13 sub-60 minute runners (4 sub-59:00) including Bernard Koech (58:41), Stanley Biwott (58:56) and former marathon WR holder Wilson Kipsang. Women's field has 8 sub-68 women as Jeptoo is up against World Half champ Gladys Cherono and Common Wealth Games champion Joyce Chepkirui.
Visiline Jepkesho won the women's race in 2:26:47. The half-marathons were won by Kenyans Stephen Kibet (61:06) and Purity Rionoripo (71:02). WR holder Zersenay Tadese and 2011 World 10K champ Ibrahim Jeilan struggled, finishing 5th (63:29) and 8th (64:10).
Tadese ran 61:34 for second.
He faces Kenyan Bedan Karoki (59:58) and Japan's Yuki Kawauchi and Arata Fujiwara. Edna Kiplagat leads the women's field.
IAAF recap of men's race.
4 years ago, Kiprop stunned the now 5-time champ Tadese. Will he do it again? Both say they'd also like to continue to try to solve the marathon. Plus talk from Valeria Straneo.
Qatar's Alex Kibet won the men's race. Elsewhere, half-marathon WR holder Zersenay Tadese won the Gran Premio Caceres de Campo a Traves in Torrejoncillo, Spain.