Kenyan native and professional runner, Eliud Kipchoge, partnered with Nike to achieve one of the greatest feats a human has ever accomplished
On October 12, 2019, Eliud Kipchoge, an Olympic long-distance runner, broke one of the greatest barriers in human history. He completed a marathon in just under 2 hours, coming in at 01:59:40. To non-athletes and people who are not runners, it may be confusing as to why this is such a big deal. Kipchoge partnered with Nike a little over two years ago with the sole purpose of "Breaking 2", or breaking the two-hour mark in a marathon. Their journey involved heavy training and regulation of everything from eating to sleeping to workouts. In May 2017 Kipchoge made his first attempt to "Break 2" in Milan, Italy, along with two other professional runners. He finished with a time of 02:00:25. A mere 25 seconds stood between him and his goal. On September 24, 2017 he won the Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:03:32. Kipchoge continued his domination of the long-distance field by winning the London marathon two years in a row in 2018 and 2019. He also won the Berlin marathon in 2018. Every year brought fresh opportunity for Kipchoge to decrease his times and increase his performance, leading up to his most recent feat.