The old saying goes “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Eliud Kipchoge proved that it can be both on Saturday when he became the first person in the world to run a marathon in under two hours, doing so at an event that was specifically set up for this sort of thing, called the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria.
The Kenyan Olympic champion was aided by various running partners throughout that helped him maintain a certain pace as well as by a car that indicated to him where the fastest path on the road would be. For those reasons, the IAAF will not recognize his time of 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 40.2 seconds. Even without the official record, it’s a turning point for all humans, hearkening back to when Roger Bannister ran the first mile in under four minutes. On average, Kipchoge was able to run a mile every four minutes and 33 seconds. That’s over 26.2 miles, which is just jaw-dropping.