By: natgoetv.com, A National Geographic Studios Production, in association with Dirty Robber, in partnership with & brought to you by NIKE
A team of experts assembled by NIKE set out to answer the question: “Can a human being run a marathon in under two hours?” The current record set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya at the Berlin marathon in 2014 is 2:02:57. Three elite athletes were recruited; Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, two time Boston marathon champion, Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea, hailed as the greatest half marathon runner in history and Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Olympic marathon champion. For six months the athletes trained with all the benefits of modern science and technology. The running conditions on the test day were designed to give them the optimal chance for success. For example, pacers rotated throughout the race to reduce drag, the race was run at the Formula One track in Monza, Italy, a low altitude flat course with minimal turns and the athletes benefitted from the latest advances in shoe technology designed for maximum economy.
Apart from being a fascinating dive into the technicalities of elite marathon running, Breaking2 is ultimately a heart warming and inspirational story about passion, dedication and humility. According to the documentary, Eliud, one of the most successful marathoners of all time, would be a multi-millionaire but you would not think that if you spent time with him. He believes in a calm, simple, honest and low-profile life. Eliud says that the marathon is not about the legs but it’s about the heart and mind.
Did they succeed? Watch and find out.
P.S. Since Breaking2, in Berlin 2018, Eliud took 78 seconds off Kimetto’s 2014 record and set a new marathon record of 2:01:39.