Kipchoge Sets New Marathon World Record

What’s the marathon world record?

Chances are pretty good you’ve compared your 26.2-mile finish or goal-time to elite athletes.

OK, so you’re probably not trying to compete with elite marathon runners.

But taking a look at the fastest marathon times in the world gives you:

  • A glimpse of what’s possible
  • A boost of motivation
  • A reminder that improvement is a never-ending process

🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️😲Something amazing just happened at the BMW Berlin Marathon…AGAIN…that has the running community buzzing…

An estimated 35,000 runners participated in the BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.

This is what happens when you run a 4:37 mile pace

He did it again.

An estimated 1 million fans lining the BMW Berlin Marathon course watched Eulid Kipchoge fly by.

His average mile pace: 4:37.

He was followed by an estimated 35,000 marathon runners who stepped up to the starting line to run 26.2 miles.

But no one would catch him.

Kipchoge ticked off the miles running through the streets of Berlin, in near-perfect weather conditions.

By the time he reached Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, he crossed the finish line six minutes ahead of second-place finisher Mark Korir of Kenya.

And set a new marathon world record...


Eulid Kipchoge of Kenya set a new marathon world record at the BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. The new marathon world record is: 02:01:09.

In pursuit of a sub-two-hour marathon

For Kipchoge, it's one step closer to officially breaking the two-hour mark for running a 26.2-mile marathon.

In 2020, Kipchoge ran an unofficial 26.2-mile marathon in 1:59:40.2 in Vienna, Austria, known as the INEOS Challenge.

With a team of engineers and sports performance specialists, every possible variable was controlled to create the perfect running conditions for Kipchoge including:

  • Shoes
  • Gear
  • Fueling
  • Training
  • Drafting
  • Course profile
  • And more...

The Last Milestone documentary produced by the Ridley Scott Creative Group follows Kipchoge through the planning stages, training, and racing all the way to the finish line to prove the sub-two-hour marathon is possible.

2 things you can learn from the new marathon world record

You're probably not going to outrun Eliud Kipchoge anytime soon.

After all, he's taken on the nickname: The GOAT...

  • The Greatest of All Time Olympic marathoner and two-time marathon world record holder.

But there's at least TWO things you can learn from his performance at the Berlin Marathon that just might speed up your own 26.2-mile finish time.

1. The perfect race makes a difference

If you're thinking about signing up for a 26.2-mile marathon, maybe even aiming to run fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon, the perfect race makes a difference.

Ready to run a fast marathon? Take a look at things like:

  • Location
  • Travel time
  • Elevation profile
  • Aid station support
  • Weather conditions
  • Past results

You can learn a lot about a race this way, and maybe find the perfect race to set a PR.

Fun fact: The Berlin Marathon has a long history as a record-setting race.

Every marathon world record set over the last 19 years happened at the Berlin Marathon:

  • 2003 2:04:55 Paul Tergat Kenya
  • 2007 2:04:26 Haile Gebrselassie
  • 2008 2:03:59 Haile Gebrselassie
  • 2011 2:03:38 Patrick Makau
  • 2013 2:03:23 Wilson Kipsang
  • 2014 2:02:57 Dennis Kimetto
  • 2018 2:01:39 Eliud Kipchoge
  • 2022 2:01:09 Eliud Kipchoge

2. Find the perfect shoe to go the distance

There's no one-size-fits-all perfect running shoe for everybody. But the right shoe can help:

  • Improve turnover
  • Reduce impact
  • Increase speed
  • Prevent fatigue
  • Lower the risk for injuries
  • Propel you forward
  • Cushion foot strike, and more...

Need help finding the perfect running shoe?

What shoe was Kipchoge wearing for the Berlin Marathon?

Chances are pretty good Kipchoge or someone else will eventually run a marathon in under two hours.

Kipchoge's already proven it can be done. But it could be a while.

  • The longest marathon world record stood for 10 years set by Ethiopian Belayneh Dinsamo in 1988 with a finish time of 2:06:50.
  • Brazilian Ronaldo da Costa broke Dinsamo's record (at the Berlin Marathon) 10 years later in 1998 with a finish time of 2:06:05.

Ready to run your best marathon?

Lace up and go. And tell us all about it.🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

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