Breaking2 is here. As part of WIRED’s exclusive look at Breaking2, Nike’s attempt to break the two-hour marathon mark, our writer, photographer, and videographer have spent six months following the training of the three elite athletes who hope to run 26.2 miles in 120 minutes or less.
Today, Zersenay Tadese, the half-marathon world-record holder from Eritrea; Lelisa Desisa, a two-time Boston Marathon champion from Ethiopia; and Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, gold-medalist at the Rio Olympics and the best marathoner in the world—step up to the starting line at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza race track in northern Italy to race against each other and history itself, and WIRED will stream the race live starting at 11:45 pm Eastern.
Nike considers the Breaking2 project its “mission to Mars,” and for months its team of designers, scientists, coaches, and statisticians has worked tirelessly to help one (or more) of these athletes cross the finish line in historic time. Watch as a record long thought unbreakable comes crashing down, or watch as the world’s best runners, aided by the world’s top scientists, come up short.
We’ll have the feed running in plenty of time for the race. In the meantime, you can catch up on all our coverage and watch our reports thus far: