Kenyans will focus on long-distance legendary runner, Eliud Kipchoge, who aims to run a full marathon in under two hours in the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria.
Kipchoge, who is the world’s best marathon runner and reigning Olympic champion, arrived in Vienna on a private chartered jet on Tuesday, 8 October 2019. The legendary runner is seeking to achieve a feat no man has ever achieved – running a full marathon in under two hours.
“I am ready for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge. My training has been successful, and I look forward to the challenge ahead and showing the world that no human is limited,” said Kipchoge upon his arrival.
“I am very excited to be here in Vienna. I have now seen the course for the first time and it looked great. I can’t wait to run on it and hopefully I will see you all there this weekend,” he added.
According to the original plan, Kipchoge is supposed to run on Saturday, 12 October 2019, however, the final green light will be given on Wednesday, 9 October 2019, as well as the date and time.
The performance team will decide if the date for the challenge will either be confirmed on 12 October or delayed within an eight-day window period, depending on prevailing weather conditions.
A team of 41 pacemakers will assist the Olympic marathon champion in achieving the feat.
Kipchoge shattered his own record in 2018 at the Berlin City marathon of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds
The INEOS 1:59 Challenge is funded by British billionaire, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is the owner of chemical firm, INEOS.