Some brilliant stories, thanks for sharing Matt Carmichael!
Looking forward to seeing these guys in Dubai and Tokyo and beyond.
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Eighty-four percent of women we surveyed have been harassed while running. It’s time for that to change.
On the last Saturday of June 2019, Bryanna Gondeiro-Petrie left her in-laws’ house in eastern Washington state around 5:30 a.m. and headed down a lightly trafficked road. She needed to get out earlier than normal to squeeze in a quick shakeout run before traveling to Montana, where she would run the Missoula Marathon the next day.
As she ran against traffic, she noticed a black Toyota speeding toward her. Abruptly, the car slowed down. Then the driver rolled down the passenger-side window. Gondeiro-Petrie vividly recalls his “evil grin, as if he hit the jackpot in finding me,” she says.
The road behind Gondeiro-Petrie was empty—no houses, no cars, no side roads, and nowhere to go. 400m ahead, she saw an older gentleman watering his trees, roughly 100 meters down a long driveway. She thought, “I need to get to that driveway.”
Gondeiro-Petrie sprinted. As she passed the car, the driver opened the passenger side door and yelled something unintelligible and laughed. He then hit the gas, flipped a U-turn, and intentionally drove down the wrong side of the road, coming up fast behind Gondeiro-Petrie. As the car pulled beside her, she reached the driveway and bolted down its length, shaking as she ran. The driver parked on the side of the road and watched her. When she reached the man watering the trees, he finally sped off.
That incident was the latest in a string of increasingly disturbing interactions. But Gondeiro-Petrie hadn’t always felt unsafe while running. “I would hear stories all the time, but I had this attitude that it would never happen to me,” she says. Over the past few years, her attitude has changed. Gondeiro-Petrie describes another run where she had to weave through streets to shake a car that was following her, and she says she knows countless women who have been attacked or forced to jump fences to get away from a threatening man.
Her concern escalated further last year when she moved with her family to the Dallas–Fort Worth area, where human trafficking is a growing concern. “I started running the same 2km loop around my house,” she says, which makes long run days tedious at best. During marathon training cycles, she’s logged up to 19km circling her home.
After the incident in Washington state, her relationship to running changed even more. She stopped trail running. She became more aware of her surroundings, watching passing men and cars with a hawk’s eye. She frequently changes up her routes, sometimes even midrun if something feels “off.” She carries pepper spray. She hatches just-in-case escape plans.
“I never imagined I would live at a time when I wouldn’t feel safe running by myself,” says Gondeiro-Petrie. “There are days when I feel like I can’t even enjoy myself because I’m on edge.”
There’s a complex calculation that takes place in women’s minds before lacing up for a run. In addition to what’s on the training plan, women often consider the time of day, their route, their clothes, whether to track their workout on Strava, whether to wear headphones, and what protection to carry—Mace, Taser, or an alarm. For many women, running doesn’t resemble the blissed-out, endorphin-filled escape it should be. Instead, we’re on guard, bracing ourselves against a constant threat of harassment. It’s a task more exhausting and mentally taxing than K repeats.
And it’s far too prevalent: In a recent Runner’s World survey, a massive 84 percent of women said they have experienced some kind of harassment while running that left them feeling unsafe. That includes physical actions like groping, or being followed or flashed, as well as subtler forms like catcalls, honks, and lewd comments.
At best, harassment is distracting and annoying. At worst, it’s terrifying and detrimental to our health, negating all the physical, emotional, and mental benefits we get from running. And while the #MeToo movement has brought more attention to issues around sexual harassment and assault, there’s still work to do, especially when it comes to the unwanted attention that women face in public spaces, which includes the places we run, says Holly Kearl, founder of the nonprofit Stop Street Harassment. According to the organisation’s 2019 study in conjunction with the University of California, San Diego Center on Gender Equity and Health, 68 percent of women reported being harassed in public spaces like streets, trails, and parks.
The fear women feel is real—and profound. In our survey, 67 percent of women said they were at least sometimes concerned they would be physically assaulted while running. A full 16 percent said that they have felt threatened enough while running that they feared for their lives. That sentiment is not unfounded. Stories of women who have been killed while running—like Mollie Tibbetts, Vanessa Marcotte, Karina Vetrano, Alexandra Brueger, Wendy Karina Martinez—have spread on social media, stoking fear and anxiety among women runners.
This heightened level of anxiety exacts a mental toll that can wedge its way into our nonrunning hours. “People minimize street harassment because they don’t see it as sexual harassment [since] it’s not rape or battery,” says Joan Cook, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. But it acts like “toxic fumes that seep into the psyche,” she says. According to the Stop Street Harassment study, of those who experienced harassment or assault, 30 percent of women reported anxiety or depression and 23 percent said they changed their regular routine. And those women may even exhibit signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, Kearl says, heightening feelings of vulnerability, affecting sleep, and making it harder to focus at work, home, or school.
Natalie Mitchell, 46, was running easy along a beach bike path in Santa Monica, California, one Saturday morning in the spring of 2019. As she overtook a male runner, he started screaming profanities at her. He sprinted past Mitchell while continuing to gesture wildly in her direction. “He was pissed I passed him,” she says. Mitchell was scared. “If this guy tried to attack me, I had nothing to protect myself,” she says. “You hear about a normal woman who goes for a run and doesn’t come back. I have three kids to think about. I can’t risk that.” She didn’t say anything and finished her run while keeping a wide berth behind him.
Mitchell’s reaction is understandable—and common. When women encounter harassment, they often stay silent, both as a protective measure and because they’re not sure what else to do. “Women aren’t socialized to speak up and fight back,” says Kearl. And many women are afraid that if they engage with a harasser or fight back, the situation might escalate.
There is one forum where women are starting to feel safe talking about harassment: the internet. Social media has become an avenue for women to reclaim their experiences and nudge the conversation forward. While it’s not entirely free from trolling (there’s no shortage of comments like “Suck it up, buttercup,” “It’s a compliment!” and worse), women who post about their experiences with harassment are often met with a chorus of similar stories from other women, as well as support from men.
To the biker who referred to me as a “hottie” on my run, u ruined my entire day. Not because of what u said but because I didn’t have the courage to speak up for myself and tell u how completely unacceptable it was. I’m not out here for your benefit. I am out here working hard.
— Emma Bates (@emmajbates) July 18, 2019
“To the biker who referred to me as a ‘hottie’ on my run, u ruined my entire day,” she wrote. “Not because of what u said but because I didn’t have the courage to speak up for myself and tell u how completely unacceptable it was.” Nearly 2,000 people liked her original post, and hundreds shared their own stories of harassment on the run. “I do feel more empowered to speak out. There seems to be solidarity and more space to talk about this,” Bates says.
This social media solidarity is encouraging. But it’s not enough. Women deserve a safe and supportive environment in real life, too. Right now, the standard advice for women who run is to armor up—carry Mace or a Taser—or to run exclusively with a group or a dog. But those recommendations don’t guarantee safety, and they put the onus on women to protect ourselves from dangers we shouldn’t have to worry about in the first place. They limit the places and ways in which we can run.
We think there’s a better way. A way to stand up to harassment while also giving women and communities tools and strategies to actually feel safer. That’s why Runner’s World, together with Women’s Health, has partnered with Hoka One One and Garmin to create the Runners Alliance, a powerful initiative that offers concrete, real-time solutions to reduce harassment and improve the safety of the places we run.
It’s an initiative designed to bring together everyone who is fired up for change. Join us—together we can reclaim the right to run without fear.
The Runners Alliance is an initiative to help make running safer for women. Read more tips, strategies, and personal stories here.
Less than two weeks after Alberto Salazar received his four-year ban, Nike has announced the team will be shuttered.
- According to a memo from Nike provided to Runner’s World on Thursday evening, the Nike Oregon Project will be shuttered.
- The news comes less than two weeks after Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar was handed a four-year ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for doping code violations, including trafficking testosterone.
Less than two weeks after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) handed down a four-year ban to Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar for three doping code violations, Nike has announced that they will be shuttering the team.
“This situation, along with ongoing unsubstantiated assertions, is a distraction for many of the athletes and is compromising their ability to focus on their training and competition needs. I have therefore made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project,” Nike chairman, president, and CEO Mark Parker wrote in a memo that was provided to Runner’s World on Thursday evening.
In the memo, Parker said that though the USADA panel found no “orchestrated doping” or evidence that performance-enhancing drugs have ever been used on Oregon Project athletes, Salazar has been unable to coach while his appeal is pending.
Parker added that Nike will be helping its athletes during the transition as “they choose the coaching set up that is right for them.”
In an interview with Runner’s World this week, Hasay said she hasn’t spoken to Salazar since the ban was announced on September 30. Hasay added that any decisions about her future will come in the days following the marathon.“I’m just kind of focused on the race now,” she said in the October 8 interview. “Then we’re going to sit down and figure everything out.”
In deciding USADA’s case against Salazar, two independent three-member arbitration panels found that Salazar “trafficked testosterone, a banned performance-enhancing substance, administered a prohibited IV infusion, and engaged in tampering to attempt to prevent relevant information about their conduct from being learned by USADA.”
With Salazar at the helm, Nike launched the Oregon Project in 2001 with the stated goal of making American distance runners competitive again on the world stage. Among the U.S. runners who had their best performances while members are Rupp, a two-time Olympic medalist (10,000 meters and the marathon); Kara Goucher, a world silver medalist at 10,000 meters; Matthew Centrowitz, the 2016 Olympic 1500-meter champion; Dathan Ritzenhein, a former U.S. record holder at 5,000 meters; and Hasay, the second fastest U.S. female marathoner in history. At the recent IAAF World Championships, Donavan Brazier won the 800-meter title in an American record of 1:42.34.
Ritzhenhein and Goucher became two key whistleblowers in the case against Salazar once they had left the team. (Read more about the timeline of events here.) To date, no Oregon Project athletes have tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug.
The group eventually included runners from other countries, most notably four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah, who left the group in 2017. At this year’s worlds, Oregon Project member Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won an unprecedented 1500-meter/10,000-meter double, and Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia took silver in the men’s 10,000.
After a four-year investigation, the coach was found to be “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping.”
- Alberto Salazar, the head coach of the Nike Oregon Project, was banned four years for trafficking banned performance-enhancing drugs to his athletes.
- The ban comes after a four-year investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and it also bans endocrinologist Dr. Jeffrey Brown for tampering with the doping control process.
- Salazar, 61, is legendary in running and has coached many notable athletes, including Mo Farah, Galen Rupp, and Jordan Hasay.
- In a statement on the Oregon Project website, Salazar said he was “shocked” by the outcome, the Oregon Project “has never and will never permit doping,” and he will appeal.
Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar and Dr. Jeffrey Brown, a Houston endocrinologist, have been banned four years “for orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping,” as first reported by the BBC.
The decision was announced Tuesday night by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The ban begins immediately, even with several members of the Oregon Project still competing in the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. After the announcement, Salazar’s accreditation for the meet was revoked.
Two independent three-member arbitration panels found that Salazar and Brown “trafficked testosterone, a banned performance-enhancing substance, administered a prohibited IV infusion, and engaged in tampering to attempt to prevent relevant information about their conduct from being learned by USADA.”
The investigation into the Nike Oregon Project, Salazar, and Brown began in 2015. The USADA announcement noted that the investigation included 30 witnesses, 5,780 pages of transcripts, and 2,000 exhibits of evidence. The BBC reported that USADA brought doping charges against Salazar and Brown in March 2017, and the two contested the charges, which then went to arbitration.
Salazar adamantly denied all accusations throughout the process. In a statement on the Oregon Project website posted on Monday evening, he wrote, in part: “I am shocked by the outcome today. Throughout this six-year investigation my athletes and I have endured unjust, unethical and highly damaging treatment from USADA…I have always ensured the WADA code is strictly followed. The Oregon Project has never and will never permit doping.” He wrote that he will appeal the decision.
“The athletes in these cases found the courage to speak out and ultimately exposed the truth,” said USADA Chief Executive Officer Travis Tygart in a release. “While acting in connection with the Nike Oregon Project, Mr. Salazar and Dr. Brown demonstrated that winning was more important than the health and wellbeing of the athletes they were sworn to protect.”
Salazar’s athletes have won dozens of Olympic and world championships medals over the years, as well as international marathons. Notable names in running have left Salazar and the Oregon Project in the past few years, including Mo Farah, who won four Olympic golds and six world titles, Matthew Centrowitz, who won the 2016 Olympic gold medal in the 1500 meters, Mary Cain, who at age 17 was a 2013 world championships finalist, and Dathan Ritzenhein, a three-time Olympian who left the team in 2014.
Not every member of the Nike Oregon Project is directly coached by Salazar, but several members of the team are still competing at this week’s world championships. Sifan Hassan, a Dutch distance runner and member of the Oregon Project, won the world outdoor title in the women’s 10,000 meters on Saturday.
Two of his current athletes—Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay—are scheduled to run the Chicago Marathon on October 13. No Nike Oregon Project athletes have tested positive for a banned substance.
Runner’s World attempted to contact Hasay and the Chicago Marathon, but requests for comment were not immediately returned.
On Monday evening, Nike released the following statement:
“Today’s decision had nothing to do with administering banned substances to any Oregon Project athlete. As the panel noted, they were struck by the amount of care Alberto took to ensure he was complying with the World Anti-Doping Code.
“We support Alberto in his decision to appeal and wish him the full measure of due process that the rules require. Nike does not condone the use of banned substances in any manner.”
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After a lifetime of abuse and neglect, Sherman’s future looked bleak—until author Christopher McDougall found him a purpose.
I’d been waiting for Wes for more than an hour, and now, before he even came to a stop, the look in his eye warned me to brace myself.
“He’s in rough shape,” Wes said as he got out of the truck. “Rougher than I thought.” I’ve known Wes for more than 10 years, nearly from the day my wife and I first uprooted ourselves from Philadelphia to live on this small farm in Pennsylvania Amish country, and I’d never seen him so grim. Together, we walked behind the pickup and pulled open the trailer doors.
Suddenly, Tanya clicked off her shears and turned to face me.
“Look,” she said. “If he makes it, you can’t just stick a ribbon on his tail and leave him standing in a field like Eeyore. He’s been abused and abandoned, and that can make an animal sick with despair. You need to give this animal a purpose. You need to find him a job.”
A job? What was I going to do with a donkey, prospect for gold? Pioneer westward? But before I even asked what she meant, I got an idea. If Sherman found his way back to life, maybe I had something for him that was even better than a job: a wild adventure that the two of us could tackle together, side by side.
“That’s your idea?” Tanya snorted. “A burro race?”
She began squinting as I told this story, squeezing her eyes as if trying not to look at me. “So how far would he have to run?” she asked.
“The World Championship has two distances—”
“The World Championship.” She was smirking now, as if she’d just caught the punch line. “Not just a race. A World Championship.”
Colorado pack-burro racing is a throwback to the Gold Rush days in Leadville, Colorado, when prospectors would hit pay dirt, heave their gear onto their burros, and hightail it to town to file their claims. In 1949, an epic challenge was thrown down: Anyone foolish enough to try was invited to a 23-mile, all-comers burro race stretching from the Silver Dollar Saloon, up and over a 13,500-foot mountain, and back down the far side to the Prunes memorial in Fairplay, erected in honor of a donkey who wandered around Fairplay for years as the town’s shared pet.
Until 1980, women were banned from any Olympic track event longer than 800 meters. Meanwhile, in Boston, Running While Female was literally a crime: Any woman who dared attempt the Boston Marathon in the 1960s was subject to arrest by the cops or, if your dad was in charge, a beating. “If that girl were my daughter, I would spank her,” race director Will Cloney famously snarled after Kathrine Switzer finagled her way onto the course in 1967.
But in Leadville, the hardrock miners saw things a little differently. “Out West, we’ve always known that women were cut from the same leather as men,” said Curtis Imrie, the legendary burro racer who was happy to talk about the many times he’d been smoked by women like Barb Dolan and Karen Thorpe. “Burro racing has none of that nonsense you have back East about ‘protecting’ women.”
Looking back, it’s kind of insane that in Boston, grouchy old men with cigars and overcoats would keep declaring until 1972 that women were too dainty to run their marathon, while in Colorado, the “ladies” had been tearing up a far more grueling challenge for 20 years. Boston likes to boast that it’s America’s oldest marathon, but that’s true for only some Americans. For the other half of the population, the ones who were outlawed for decades from even entering, it’s as if the race didn’t exist. So for all Americans, men and women alike, our oldest marathon is the one that’s always been open to everyone. It’s not going to cost you a fortune, and you don’t have to qualify. All you have to do is show up, borrow a donkey, and get ready for battle.
“So when is this race?” Tanya asked.
“Next July,” I said. “Little less than a year.” Tanya pursed her lips, rocking her head back and forth noncommittally. Tanya wasn’t on board yet with my burro race idea, not by a long shot, but I could tell she was intrigued by the intellectual challenge. For a skilled trainer like her, it was like tackling a math problem for NASA; she wasn’t promising she could put a man on Mars, but she wanted to at least see if she could crack the equation.
“How far will he have to run?”
“Twenty-nine miles,” I said. “Fifteen for the short course.”
“Fifteen. Is short.” Tanya rolled her eyes. “Well, I’m the one who told you to find him a job. But it won’t be easy. Sherman can come up with a million ways to make your life a living hell.”
Tanya and I needed some help, and I had an idea where to look. It was time to call in Vella Shpringa—the world’s only Amish running club.
Our neighborhood in Lancaster County is home to America’s largest community of Old Order Amish, and among those horse-and-buggy drivers is a much smaller sub-group of Amish ultrarunners. Vella Shpringa means “Let’s all run” in Pennsylvania Dutch, and it began as a wholesome way for young Amish singles to get together on Sunday afternoons. The club soon created two magnificent traditions: They adopted an all for one, one for all motto—“The joy of running in community”—and launched the Full Moon Run, a monthly ramble under the stars hosted by various Amish families.
Before long, these Amish amateurs were getting fast. Everything the Amish have learned over the past 300 years about how to rely on their own bodies, the Vella Shpringa gang has applied to running. One Amish runner sliced a full hour off his marathon best in the course of a year, improving from 3:59 to a sizzling 2:54. Another wanted to see if a tall, muscular farmer like him could break five minutes in the mile and three hours in a marathon; within a year, he’d nailed both. As a six-man team, the Amish runners have won three Ragnar Relays covering distances from 128 to 200 miles. Leroy Stoltzfus was even featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! when he was spotted near the front of the pack in the Harrisburg Marathon in his long pants and suspenders, while Liz King has several times shown up at the starting line of a 10K in her full-length Amish dress and apron and outrun every other woman in the field.
Two months after Sherman arrived, I volunteered to host the Full Moon Run at our house. The Amish runners not only are strong and fast, but they’ve also been training animals since childhood. Just by luck, I might be living next to an undiscovered talent pool of expert burro racers: Where else are you going to find master horsemen with Boston Marathon speed?
“Is that the famous Sherman?” someone called from the darkness.
A van door slammed, and out stepped Jake Beiler, one of Vella Shpringa’s unofficial group leaders. Jake is tall and slender, but strong as a grizzly (one year at the finish of the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon, Jake nearly single-handedly dunked me headfirst in the water barrel to cool off). I was holding Sherman’s rope, while nearby, Tanya was saddling Flower, her big riding donkey. Jake saw the donkeys were nervous and immediately took command. He switched off his headlamp and kept his hands low, approaching slowly. He moved his head around until he caught Sherman’s eye, locking gaze to let Sherman know he wasn’t in any danger.
“So this is our new friend,” Jake said, his voice low and reassuring. Sherman eyed him warily, but held still when Jake stroked his head and scratched him under the jaw. Around us, vans and pickup trucks continued to arrive, filling the driveway and squeezing into rows across the lawn in front of the house. The murmur of voices grew louder, a stew of English and Pennsylvania Dutch, as runners who hadn’t seen each other since the last full moon greeted each other and loosened up.
“Okay,” I told Tanya. “Let’s see how far we get.”
I unknotted Sherman’s rope and yanked it free from the gate. I turned to make sure Flower and Tanya were set, while Sherman began trotting down the driveway—
And kept on trotting.
As soon as he realized he could outrun the commotion behind him, Sherman was off. I watched him go, so impressed by his speed and initiative that it took a few beats before I realized the rope was about to jerk out of my hand as Sherman disappeared into the dark. I sprinted after the fugitive, while Tanya swung herself onto Flower and joined the pursuit. When I caught up with Sherm, he didn’t seem to be escaping; he was clip-clopping happily along like a thoroughbred on parade. I bent down and grabbed the rope but he never broke stride, cruising at a crisp jog.
“What’s he up to?” I asked Tanya.
“Beats me,” she said. She held Flower back to see if Sherman would slow down, but Sherman seemed oblivious. After about a quarter mile, we hit a long grinder of an uphill slope and Sherman didn’t hesitate; he shifted into climbing gear and streamed along so smoothly, I was gasping to keep up. “Holy crap,” I panted. “What’s gotten into him?”
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How far could you run at her average pace?
At the 2019 Chicago Marathon, Brigid Kosgei of Kenya ran 2:14:04 to shatter Paula Radcliffe’s previous world record of 2:15:25. Radcliffe’s mark had stood since 2003, and was thought to be untouchable—when Kosgei started her world-record run, the second fastest women’s marathon in history was 2:17:01.
Just how fast is the new women’s world record? How long could you run at Kosgei’s average pace? Here are a few fun facts in the wake of Kosgei’s mark.
- Kosgei’s average pace per mile: 5:06.8
- Kosgei’s average pace per 5K: 15:53.2
- Kosgei’s average pace for one lap of a 400-meter track: 76.25 seconds
- Kosgei’s first and second half marathon splits, respectively: 66:59 and 67:05
- U.S. women’s half marathon record (held by Runner’s World contributing writer Molly Huddle): 67:25
- Date the men’s world record became faster than Kosgei’s time: June 13, 1964 (2:13:55, by Basil Heatley of Great Britain)
- Time it took Kosgei to go from 35K to the finish: 22:50
- Time it took defending men’s champ Mo Farah to go from 35K to the finish in the same race: 23:35
- Gap between Farah and Kosgei at the finish: 4:06
- Gap between Farah and men’s winner Lawrence Cherono: 4:13
- Time by which the women’s world record has fallen since Kosgei was born on February 20, 1994: 7:02
- Kosgei’s age when Radcliffe set the previous world record: 9
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How to be a Runner
According to Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid, 39, Bondi Rescue lifeguard and media personality
Let me explain:
Rain: There is something really special about running in the rain as I find it really euphoric. Plus the roads are quiet and empty making it seem like I have them all to myself.
Uphill: I love running up hills. I feel like it’s making me stronger with every step and the challenge of getting to the top as quickly as I can really gets me excited.
Warm up: It’s so important and something I feel very strongly about. Lots of leg swings and dynamic stretching!!
Morning: I set an alarm every night and wake up 30mins before it every morning. I love the start of the day as it’s the beginning of a new adventure for me. Especially when I’m going for a run because I try and make every run different.
Finish: There is no better feeling in the world than getting to the finish line of a race you’ve trained so hard for knowing you’re going to get a PB. Money can’t buy it that’s for sure!
Hopefully I get that finish feeling at this year’s Gold Coast Marathon when I finally break 3 hours there.
The Kenyan marathoner ran 1:59:40 in a pair of unreleased Nike shoes. Thankfully, their design is online at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The Nike Vaporfly Next%, a shoe designed to improve running economy by at least 4 percent, wasn’t the only racing shoe in the V-shape formation that shepherded world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge to the first sub-two hour marathon in Vienna. Kipchoge himself wore something different—an iteration of the Next% that appears to have a bulge (air bags, if you listen to the Internet) in the forefoot.
We’ll get a better look at the prototype as images from the INEOS 1:59 Challenge surface, but until then, we’ve got something better: A U.S. patent filed by Nike in 2018 that looks extremely similar to Kipchoge’s Vienna shoe. The patent drawings, recently unearthed by the site Believe in the Run, outline a cushioning apparatus that includes a segmented sole, three plates (likely carbon fiber), and up to four fluid-filled chambers.
Of course, the shoe isn’t the only factor in Kipchoge’s historic run. First, he’s clearly the “GOAT,” holding the official world record and is undefeated in his last 10 marathons, including a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Plus, he had a rotating cast of pacers not permitted in record-eligible runs, was also handed bottles of Maurten from a bike, and benefited from a pancake flat runway lined with cheering fans. But, were those shoes the X factor?
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She goes under Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old mark.
Brigid Kosgei of Kenya made history today at the Chicago Marathon, setting a world record of 2:14:04.
She smashed Paula Radcliffe’s mark of 2:15:25 from the London Marathon in 2003.
With two dedicated pacers ahead of her, Kosgei went out in a torrid first 5K of 15:28, which projects to a 2:10 marathon. Her pacers slowed the tempo slightly after that, but Kosgei was still well ahead of world record pace. By 10K, she had a 32-second gap on her nearest pursuer. She passed the halfway mark in 1:06:59.
The conditions were perfect for a record run, with temperatures around 40 degrees and light winds.
The 25-year-old earns $100,000 for the win and $75,000 for breaking the Chicago course record, which was 2:17:18, also held by Radcliffe.
Kosgei has not lost in 2019, including a victory at the London Marathon in 2:18:20, which was her previous personal best.
The world record comes a little more than a day after Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run under two hours in the marathon in Vienna (1:59:40), though that will not be recognized as an official world record.
2:14 holy crap what is life right now
— Molly Huddle (@MollyHuddle) October 13, 2019
Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia, who before today had a personal best of 2:24:02 from Tokyo in March, was second in 2:20:51, nearly 7 minutes behind Kosgei. Gelete Burka of Ethiopia was third in 2:20:55.
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Eliud Kipchoge held a sub-4:34 pace over 26.2 miles, making him the fastest man ever to run that distance.
- On Saturday morning in Vienna, Austria, Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to break two hours in the marathon as part of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge.
- He finished in 1:59:40, holding a sub-4:34 pace for the 26.2 miles.
- It will not count as an official world record because standard competition rules for pacing and fluids weren’t followed.
After months of planning and narrowly missing the mark in 2017, Eliud Kipchoge ran the fastest 26.2 miles ever in front of thousands of fans in Vienna on Saturday morning—and crossed the seemingly impossible barrier of two hours.
The 34-year-old from Kenya, who is unparalleled in the marathon, further cemented his legacy by running 26.2 miles faster than anybody in history, finishing the time trial event in 1:59:40. He held a sub-4:34 pace for the distance.
“I wanted to run under two hours and show human beings can do a good job and lead a good life. It shows the positivity of sport,” Kipchoge said. “I want to make the sport an interesting sport whereby all the human beings can run and together we can make this world a beautiful world.”
The race started with fog and mist in Vienna, with temperatures in the high 40s and humidity at 90 percent—a bit above the “ideal” of 80 percent heading into it. There was a 10 percent chance of rain going into the day, and the light rain started around 58 minutes in.
The course chosen for the event was the Prater park in Vienna, which was selected after a worldwide search that used software to take into account factors like temperature, humidity, wind speed, and elevation to find locations with ideal racing parameters.
It included a 1.2K run from the city’s Reichsbrücke Bridge to the Praterstern roundabout, after which Kipchoge completed four flat, 9.6K laps in the tree-shaded park and a final stretch to hit the marathon distance.
The pace groups did their job, flowing in and out in front and behind of Kipchoge with no trouble. He hit his 10K split comfortably in 28:20—slightly ahead of two-hour pace—with the calm stride and bounce fans are used to seeing from the legendary runner.
He hit the 21K mark in 59:35, giving him some breathing room for reaching the two-hour goal. And in all, it was a race run at a clinical rhythm, with most of his kilometer splits not wavering between 2:48 to 2:52 per kilometer—from 33K to 40K, he hit 2:50 exactly for every split.
“The pacemakers did a great job, they are among the best runners of all time,” Kipchoge said. “I thank them and appreciate them for accepting to do the job.”
In May of 2017, Kipchoge came up just shy of the two-hour mark during Nike’s Breaking2 project, finishing with a time of 2:00:25 at a racetrack in Monza, Italy. He held an average pace of 4:35.7, but missed the mark.
In actual races, Kipchoge continued to be unmatched. He now holds the official world record for the fastest marathon with his performance at the 2018 Berlin race, when his 2:01:39 finish shaved 78 seconds off the previous mark. He followed that up by winning his fourth London Marathon in April of 2019. That put his marathon win streak at 10 straight, including an Olympic gold in 2016.
Kipchoge’s 1:59:40 will not count for record purposes because standard competition rules for pacing and fluids weren’t followed.
Just how likely was this? When researchers from Australia crunched data from marathon world records over the past 60 years, they concluded that there was a 10 percent likelihood that the two-hour mark would be fall in May of 2032, and just a 5 percent chance it would happen by 2024.
“Many ideologies [have] been going that no human will break the two-hour mark but personally, I have dared to try,” Kipchoge said in a video of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge documentary series leading into the event. “I am doing it to make history.”
Kipchoge often equated breaking two hours in the marathon to when man first walked on the moon. It would break barriers that humans thought were impossible.
Even with the ideal setup, the thoroughly planned fueling strategy, high-tech shoes, a plethora of pacers, and a car just ahead of him, Kipchoge did what he set out to do.
And just like when Roger Bannister eclipsed the four-minute mark in the mile in 1954, Kipchoge has inspired a new generation to push their limits in the future.
“It is a great feeling to make history in sport after Sir Roger Bannister in 1954. I am the happiest man in the world to be the first human to run under two hours, and I can tell people that no human is limited,” Kipchoge said. “I expect more people all over the world to run under two hours after today.”
The 800-meter star was awarded her bronze medals after being cheated out of them during the 2011 and 2013 world championships.
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