Breaking2 – How Nike Wants to Break the 2-Hour Marathon


Breaking2 is a project sponsored by Nike to break the two-minute marathon mark. The attempt is to be made on the Monza race track in Italy , which offers ideal conditions for runners. With the help of experts in science, nutrition and sports, the best runners from all over the world will take part in this ambitious project.




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