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Why It’s Almost Impossible to Run a Two-Hour Marathon

Today, three elite runners backed by a small army of scientists will attempt an audacious assault on the boundaries of the possible by trying to run a marathon in less than two hours.

One of the world’s finest distance runners came so close to achieving the greatest feats of athleticism in history: a sub-two-hour marathon. To do it, the Eliud Kipchoge should have maintained an average pace of at least 13.1 miles per hour.

Wired investigates what such a pace requires of the body and why are some able to keep this amazing pace, and other struggles with even completing a 5 km run.

 

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