On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Eliud Kipchoge became the first person ever to run a marathon in under two hours, a staggering achievement in athletics and human performance. Dr. Michael Joyner, an exercise physiologist at the Mayo Clinic, first predicted it might be possible in a paper he wrote in 1991. WIRED’s Robbie Gonzalez has been following Kipchoge’s attempts for years, and spoke with Joyner about how Kipchoge finally made it happen.
Kipchoge’s 2017 Sub-2 attempt: https://www.wired.com/2016/12/nike-two-hour-marathon/
Post-race analysis of Kipchoge’s first sub-2 attempt https://www.wired.com/2017/05/two-hour-marathon-failed-nike/
WIRED’s running club tries to run at Eliud Kipchoge’s pace: https://www.wired.com/2017/05/youll-never-run-sub-2-hour-marathon-pros-might/
The science behind Kipchoge’s controversial shoes: https://www.wired.com/story/the-science-behind-nikes-new-vaporfly-next-marathon-shoe/
How the Two-Hour Marathon Limit Was Broken | WIRED