Folks: This weekend is THE weekend in distance running. The weekend that proves that science and engineering can overtake mother nature and millennia of human evolution. Mirroring the late John F. Kennedy’s (may he rest in peace) Moon speech to Congress, Sir Phil Knight said: “…This nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of sending a man on a 2 hour marathon…” Check out an excerpt here:
Phil Knight and the 2 Hour Marathon Speech
First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of sending a man on a 2 hour marathon and returning him safely to the finish line. No single project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range goals of distance running; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate training plan. We propose to develop alternate shoes, much lighter than any now being developed, until certain which is superior. We propose additional funds for other nutritional development and for IAAF competition legal pacing strategies–strategies which are particularly important for one purpose which this nation will never overlook: the survival of the man who first makes this daring attempt. But in a very real sense, it will not be one man running a 2 hour marathon–if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to get him there.
It’s awe-inspiring, isn’t it? We have chills running up and down our spine at a brisk pace. Not unlike the 2 hour marathon pace of 13.1 mph. We here at Casual Runner believe that this is an important endeavor for our great nation, and more importantly, our great sport.
Break2: Saturday, May 6 in Italy
This is it. It’s happening on a Formula1 track in Italy. Saturday morning. We hope everyone will be tuned in. This is going to be our generation’s moon landing. Either that, or it’s going to fail spectacularly with mother nature giving human kind a giant “FU”. We just hope they get a really kick-ass finisher medal.
Want to meet the brave souls who are attempting this feat? Check them out.
Good Luck, Runners. And God Speed!