INEOS 1:59: Three brothers, 11 other pacemakers for Eliud Kipchoge in sub 2 hours marathon
World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge is determined to inspire the world by running the 42.195 km race in less than two hours in the ambitious INEOS1:59 challenge.
If he does so, the humble and disciplined athlete will be the first human to run a marathon in less than two hours.
“I just want to inspire the world and remind them that no human is limited. I have been training with my team and I am optimistic I will achieve this,” Kipchoge said when Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed visited him in his training camp.
The race is scheduled for October 12, 2019, in Vienna Austria.
Kipchoge gave a try in breaking the barrier in the Nike Breaking2 project at Formula One Autodromo Nazionale Monza race track in Italy on May 6, 2017, but came short 25 seconds after clocking 2:00:25 in the marathon.
Undeterred by the little miss, Kipchoge went on to win the 2018 Berlin Marathon by clocking 2:01:39, shattering the initial world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds.
To achieve this fete equated to going to the moon the greatest marathoner of this era has been buffeted with 14 pacemakers to help him inspire humanity.
These are seen as Kipchoge’s help to keep focus and not relapse in the whole stretch.
Among the pacesetters are America’s world and Olympic 5,000 meters medalist Paul Chelimo.
European half-marathon record holder Julien Wanders, a Swiss-based Kenyan will join Chelimo in the herculean task.
“I have won in major competitions before and hope to clinch something in Doha before heading to Vienna and help Eliud make history,” said Chelimo who won a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics and bronze in World Championships in London the following year.
Other pacemakers in Kipchoge’s history-making race include American Shadrack Kipchirchir, Kenyans Vincent Kiprotich, Philemon Kacheran, and Noah Kipkemboi.
Ethiopia’s Tesfahun Akalnew and Ugandan Mande Busyendich will also be part of the pacemakers.
These will join Norway’s Henrik Ingebrigtsen, Filip Ingebrigtsen and Jakob Ingebrigtsen who are brothers and roadrunners, Augustine Choge, Victor Chumo alongside double world champion Bernard Lagat.