In case you missed the highly hyped action in Monza, Italy, this past May, Breaking2 from Nike will be available tomorrow night, Sept. 20, on National Geographic channel at 5 p.m. PST. The project, which was to break that elusive 2-hour marathon mark, will be shown in an one-hour, commercial-free documentary, featuring the trio Eliud Kipchoge, Zersenay Tadese and Lelisa Desisa. Kipchoge came within 25 seconds of the barrier in a laser-filled production, complete with pace cars and several pacers along the looped route in Monza.
Featuring breathtaking cinematography, Breaking2 uncovers the power of human potential and explores the emotional journey that bonded three super-athletes together as they gave their all to try to make the impossible possible. As told through these exceptional athletes, It is the story of how “not making it” is one of the most heroic and amazing athletic feats of all time.
The documentary will share highlights from the attempt, as well as the year-long journey in preparation to do the seemingly impossible. The documentary comes just days before the anticipated Berlin Marathon, where Kipchoge will line up once again, this time on the notoriously fast course in Germany. He will face fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.
Kipchoge will race the marathon major in hopes to break the world record over 26.2 miles, set in 2014 at the same event by Dennis Kimetto. (Although he ran the fastest-ever recorded marathon in Monza, Kipchoge’s run did not count as a world record mark due to some of the controlled variables to create the perfect racing conditions.) His challenger Kipsang held the world record for merely a year before Kimetto hit the current mark. He ran again last year, beating his former world record mark, but finished second behind Bekele…who missed the world record by six seconds.
The point? This weekend is going to be a scorcher, and running fans everywhere need to tune in to witness greatness. However, NBC Sports Network will start showing the action at 12 a.m. PST; if midnight run-nerding isn’t your cup of tea, Twitter is a great place to get commentary, updates and comments on what went down. And the question remains: will 2 hours be broken?
For those who can’t wait the documentary live on NG, it will be available digitally on the app following the airing.