You’ve trained hard, you’ve put in the work… or at least, you’ve thought about it while lounging on the couch. Remember that time you chose a salad over fries, showcasing your elite athlete discipline? Or that marathon you completed… on Netflix? With such ‘intense’ dedication and ‘rigorous’ preparation, you might just be on the brink of marathon greatness, ready to challenge the legendary Eliud Kipchoge himself. So, why wait? Enter your name below and let’s see if the marathon world should be on the lookout for its next superstar. And hey, with all your ‘hard work’, it’s probably you. 😉
Can you beat Eliud Kipchoge in a Marathon - Probability Calculator
Don't feel bad, Eliud is a badass and there is only one name that currently doesn't give you a 0 percent chance. Here are some fun facts about his sub 2 hour marathon race to give you some solace.
Eliud Kipchoge's Marathon Mastery: Fun Facts
- Breaking Barriers: Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in less than two hours. That's an average pace of just under 2:50 per kilometer for the entire 42.195KM!
- Consistent Speedster: Throughout his record-breaking run, Kipchoge's pace for each kilometer fluctuated only between 2:48min/KM and 2:52min/KM. Talk about consistency!
- Hourly Distance: At his record pace, Kipchoge would cover approximately 21.0975KM in an hour, which is half a marathon! Most of us would be thrilled to run that distance in twice the time.
- Comparative Speed: If you were driving a car at a steady speed of 21.1 km/h, you'd be matching Kipchoge's marathon pace. Imagine maintaining that speed on your feet!
- Wind Resistance: Despite the minimal wind speeds of 0.5 - 1.5 m/s, any runner will tell you that even a slight breeze can affect performance. Yet, Kipchoge seemed almost unaffected.
- Perfect Conditions: The marathon took place in near-perfect conditions, with temperatures around 9 degrees Celsius. Cool, but not cold, providing an optimal environment for long-distance running.
- Historic Comparisons: Kipchoge's achievement can be likened to Sir Roger Bannister's sub-four-minute mile in 1954. While Bannister broke the 4-minute barrier for one mile, Kipchoge did it for 26.2 consecutive miles!
- Bolt vs. Kipchoge: Usain Bolt's 100M world record is 9.58 seconds. In the time it takes Bolt to run 100M, Kipchoge would have covered almost 60 meters. While Bolt's sprinting speed is unmatched, Kipchoge's endurance and consistent pace over a marathon are awe-inspiring.
- A Team Effort: Kipchoge was supported by 41 pacemakers, some of the best runners in the world, ensuring he maintained his record-breaking pace.
- Historic Venue: The marathon took place on the Hauptallee, a historic tree-lined avenue in Vienna, chosen for its flatness and protection from the wind. A perfect stage for a historic feat.