The running world is celebrating with joy as Eliud Kipchoge has broken the two-hour marathon barrier. The Kenyan runner finished the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna last Saturday in just 1:59:40, making him the very first person completing a 26.2-mile run in less than two hours. While the achievement cannot be officially recorded in the as Kipchoge didn’t have any competitor in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge and was surrounded by an evolving team of pacemakers, it is still an importing chapter in the history of running.
What Kipchoge was wearing when he broke the record naturally becomes a talking point. On his feet were a pair of a future edition of Nike’s NEXT% marathon shoes specially tailored for him. While we wouldn’t be able to get hold of such personalised service as the world champion, the ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%, which were seen on Kipchoge’s pacemakers during the Challenge, should serve us just as well with its light design and plenty of cushioning underfoot.