Report: Nike Is Planning A Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Attempt In The Spring

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Nike will announce today that it has handpicked three men for a sub-two-hour marathon attempt in the spring of 2017, according to a Runner's World report. (RW's Alex Hutchinson writes that Nike gave him and an editor access, so it's safe to assume that this report is true.) ​

The three men are Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea. Kipchoge is the best marathoner in the world right now--his 2:03:05 in London missed Dennis Kimetto's world record by eight seconds, and he won the Olympic marathon with a dominating performance. 

Desisa ran 2:04:45 in 2013 but has only broken 2:10 twice since. He has mostly opted for slower courses, taking second in New York in 2014, winning Boston in 2015, taking second in Boston in 2016, and dropping out of New York last month.

Tadese may be the best half-marathoner ever. His 58:23 and 58:31 are the two fastest 13.1 mile runs of all time, but he ran them in 2010 and 2011 and had seemingly abandoned the marathon for the 10K. Tadese's last marathon, according to Tilastopaja, was in 2012. He was eighth at the Olympics in the 10K; he's never broken 2:10 in the marathon. 

A sub-two-hour marathon in 2017 seems ridiculous. Hutchinson, a solid science reporter who has written extensively about the subject, estimated in 2014 that the barrier would go down in 2075. Lowering the world record from 2:02:57 to 1:59:59 would be an improvement of 2.45 percent--the equivalent of lowering the men's 5K world record from the current 12:37 to 12:19 in a single shot.

But Nike isn't alone in its belief that the barrier can be broken, and quickly. Even though Jos Hermens said to a reporter that he thought Dennis Kimetto was "suspicious," he believes that, in conjunction with the Sub2 Project, the barrier can be broken by 2019. (Hermens' athlete, Kenenisa Bekele, ran 2:03:03 in September to become the second-fastest record-legal marathoner ever.)

According to the Runner's World report, "It is unlikely the quest will take place during a traditional, open marathon; rather, it will be held on a closed course, at a time and place believed optimal by Nike," which means that the record may not be ratified by the IAAF. Hermens said the same thing last month, telling Deadspin that "We don't care if the first sub-two-hour marathon is IAAF record eligible. First, we achieve it. Then we do it record eligible."

In the right conditions, Kipchoge can run faster than the current world record. We'll see the rest this spring.

Human, Or Super Saiyan? Grant Holloway Keeps The World Wondering

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By Zach Dirlam

Area code 757, tattooed on Holloway’s left wrist, services the southeastern-most portions of Virginia, covering the Virginia Peninsula, Eastern Shore and Hampton Roads.

Holloway proudly hails from Chesapeake. South Chesapeake, more specifically. Through the years, much of its farmland was converted into what he refers to today as a quiet suburban city, one of nine comprising Hampton Roads.

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The Big 12 is one of the most well-rounded conferences in the NCAA, with solid sprint matchups, distance races, and even a potential high jump collegiate record battle set to go down in Ames, Iowa, this weekend at Iowa State's 300-meter track. Read on for a rundown of the top events to watch.

14 Athletes Set To Represent Canada At 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships

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Feb. 14 release courtesy of Athletics Canada:

House Of Run Podcast: Coleman, Nelvis, Brazier Show Out

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On this week's episode of the House of Run Jason and Kevin discuss Christian Coleman's world record, Sharika Nelvis's American record, the doubles by Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo and all the other action from the 2018 US Indoor Championships.

Star-Studded 3K, 60mH Tiebraker Headline 2018 MPSF Indoor Championships

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By Taylor Dutch

Powerhouse teams from the Pac-12 and West Coast Conferences come together this weekend to compete at the 2018 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships, which you can catch LIVE on FloTrack.

Teahna Daniels Set To Extend Texas Sprints' Legacy At Big 12s

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By Lincoln Shryack

Texas sprinter Teahna Daniels wasted no time in becoming the fastest woman in Big 12 history. Less than two months into her NCAA career, back in 2016, Daniels won the 60m NCAA crown in 7.11 — the fastest ever by a freshman and then the fourth-best performance in collegiate history. She hadn’t even won a Big 12 title yet, but it was clear that the Longhorn freshman would soon dominate the conference.

The Best Races From The 2017 Big 12 Indoor Championships

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This weekend Ames, Iowa, will play host to the 2018 Big 12 Championship. Like 2017, FloTrack will have live coverage of the meet as teams chase a conference championship and qualifying marks to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. 

On The Run: NCAA Mile Champion Josh Kerr | Ep. 75

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NCAA mile and 1500m champion Josh Kerr of New Mexico joins Jojo and Kevin to discuss his approach to this weekend’s Mountain West Conference Championships, how his life has changed since he finished second at the Millrose Games, beating Edward Cheserek in the mile, following the collegiate scene growing up in Scotland, and choosing to attend New Mexico before he even visited the school. 

Cas Loxsom On Depression And The Realities Of Chasing The Running Dream

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We caught up with Cas Loxsom at this past weekend's USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque after the American indoor record holder dropped out of his race. 

Josh Kerr, Ednah Kurgat Highlight Mountain West Championships

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Some of the nation’s top distance runners will be action during the distance medley relay at the Mountain West Conference Championships. Ednah Kurgat, Allie Ostrander, Dillon Maggard, and Josh Kerr are all expected to play pivotal roles in their team’s chances on Thursday night. Outside of the distance medley relay, the four are expected to be in action throughout the three day meet which you can watch live on FloTrack.