NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge
of Kenya is gearing up to his biggest test yet when he
attempts to break the sub two hours marathon run in a
special course in Monza, Italy in May.
dubbed Nike’s Breaking2 project, will feature star
runners Kipchoge, Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea and Lelisa
Desisa of Ethiopia and will be held tentatively on any
of the three days of the first weekend of May to ensure
athletes compete in ideal weather conditions.
will take place at the Formula One track in Monza, with
May 6 as the first choice and May 7 and 8 as back-up
announced Tuesday the race window for its special sub-2
marathon attempt. The course on which the race will be
staged, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, usually hosts the
Italian Grand Prix every September.
to announce a target ‘race window’ weekend rather than a
specific date. The race is closed to the public but will
be live streamed,” said Nike media statement.
On May 6,
about 63 years ago Roger Bannister became the first
person to run a sub-4:00 mile and Nike want to set
another record if their plan is successful.
including Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of
Kenya, will take 17 and a half trips around a 1.5-mile
will be ratified by the IAAF, track and field’s
international governing body, but the attempt will not
be for an officially sanctioned world record, according
to the Guardian, citing a Nike spokesperson.
the asphalt surface near Milan has ideal temperature (54
degrees average), wind (2.6 miles per hour) and altitude
(600 feet above sea level).
“Additionally, skies are typically overcast (minimizing
heat load on the runners) and air currents don’t exhibit
drastic directional shifts - thanks to the course being
perfectly situated off shore and amid many trees,” Nike