Nike gathered the best marathon runners in the world late Friday evening, and Eliud Kipchoge nearly broke the two-hour barrier. And he did it live on Twitter.
Breaking the 2-hour marathon. Crazy? Yes. So we’re doing it. #LIVE
— Nike (@Nike) May 5, 2017
And of course all of Twitter lost its mind.
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) May 6, 2017
Kipchoge, who won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics for Kenya, finished the marathon in 2:00. 24, and it came down to the very end.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with screaming at your computer right now. Nothing. LET'S GO!!! #Breaking2
— Nice Kicks (@nicekicks) May 6, 2017
— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) May 6, 2017
With every step Kipchoge now takes, it's the fastest a human has ever run for this distance. #breaking2
— Alex Hutchinson (@sweatscience) May 6, 2017
— Kelly Matthews???? (@KellyMatthewsTO) May 6, 2017
It just takes one time to tell the world it can be done! #Breaking2
Kipchoge began the race alongside Zersenay Tadese, and Lelisa Desisa. In order to break the sub two-hour mark, each of the three runners would have had to run an estimated four minute, and 34 second mile.
— Nike (@Nike) May 6, 2017
After more than two years of research, Nike set out to do something that no one has ever done before — have someone run 26.2 miles in less than two hours.
And Twitter, and all of the internet, was there watching and cheering for Kipchoge the entire night.
This is my first 2 hour marathon. Watching it counts, right? #Breaking2
— Corey (@CoreyTrimpey) May 6, 2017
Comedian Kevin Hart helped host the live event.
Nike had the runners wear Nike ZoomX VaporFly Elite.
What Kipchoge did was nothing short of extraordinary and showed what the human body is capable of.
Who wants to go for a run?