Can a human being run a marathon in under 2 hours? That’s the barrier that’s in front of us…

In the summer of 2016 Brad Wilkins and a team of experts at Nike set out to achieve a goal that had been deemed impossible – running a marathon in under 2 hours. After a year of planning, analysis, and innovation three world champion athletes and Brad’s team descended on Monza, Italy where Breaking2 unfolded.

“There’s a formula … 100% of me is nothing compared to 1% of the team

– Eliud Kipchoge


Three of the world’s top marathon runners let you into their lives and training for the greatest endeavor in endurance performance: The pursuit of the 2-hour marathon barrier. This National Geographic documentary takes you behind the scenes (and behind the science) of the Nike Breaking2 Project and shows you what it takes, both physically and mentally, to prepare and attempt a marathon distance running at a pace of 4 minutes and 34 seconds every mile.


Behind Breaking2

Nike News

In December last year, Nike unveiled Breaking2, an innovation moonshot to deliver the first two-hour marathon barrier.

An Exclusive, Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Nike is Trying to Break the 2 Hour Marathon Barrier

Runners World

Standing on the sweeping bend of the infamous Curva Parabolica, three of the greatest distance runners in history shiver in the late-afternoon breeze, awaiting the signal to begin.

A leap into the future? The race for a sub-two-hour marathon


The history of competitive running is measured out by milestones. Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile, Jim Hines’s 10-second 100m, and Paula Radcliffe’s unprecedented 2:15:25 marathon all redefined the barriers of human potential.

Nike’s attempt to break 2-hour marathon barrier deserves props, not criticism

The Oregonian

Much of the criticism of Nike’s Breaking2 attempt is spot on, while also entirely misplaced. If you haven’t been paying attention, Nike has been exhaustively preparing three world-class runners to attempt to break two hours in a marathon.

Live Simple, Train Hard, Be Honest

Office Magazine

For decades the two-hour marathon has been a far-away dream in the world of long-distance running, until Nike made it their mission to break the two-hour barrier. Breaking2 was conceived when the brand named after the Greek goddess of victory sat out on a mission to do the impossible.



On the night of May 5, 2017, Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s best marathon runner, lay awake with his eyes open and his mind racing. Under ordinary circumstances he is amiable and serene, with his furrowed, leonine features often lit with an ice-white smile. But that night, in his room in the Hotel de la Ville in Monza, Italy, he was more nervous than at any other time in his professional life.