From the beginning of this week, the world, through print, electronic, and social media, has been talking about INEOS 1:59 Challenge.At the center of the discussion, is none other than Eliud Kipchonge, the world’s Marathon Record Holder and the 2016 Olympics Marathon Champion. The rising action of this hype began on Monday, October 7, 2019, when Kipchoge boarded Sir James Arthur Ratcliffe’s G280 private Jet that flew him from his home town, Eldoret in Kenya to Australia’s Capital, Vienna where the challenge is expected to take place on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The plane is reported to have been flown by Pilots from Jim’s British Base.

Kipchonge boarding the Ratcliffe’s Gulfstream G280 private Jet at Eldoret

Since then, INEOS 1:59 Challenge has been a topic of discussion by individuals of all races, nations, ages, and cultural backgrounds. However, with all the hypes on mainstream media and hashtags on social media, it is reported that a good number of participants remain strangers in Jerusalem, with no idea of what this challenge is all about. This article will help you understand everything about this challenge.

What is INEOS 1: 59 Challenge?

In simple words, INEOS 1:59 Challenge is all about proving to the world that no human is limited by attempting to achieve the impossible. On May 6, 1965, Sir Roger Bannister, a British middle-distance athlete, attempted and achieved what many individuals termed as “Mission Impossible”  by running the world’s first sub-four-minute mile. Roger Bannister accomplished this mission at the Iffley Road track in Oxford, United Kingdom. To date, this achievement remains one of the most iconic events in the global sport’s history.

While celebrating the 65th anniversary of Bannister’s iconic achievement on My 6, 2019, the greatest Marathoner of all time, Eliud Kipchoge announced his plan to participate in the world’s second iconic event that aims at breaking the two-hour barrier in the 42.195 kilometers (Marathon) race.

Following Kipchoge’s announcement, INEOS, one of the world’s largest chemical manufacturing companies from the UK, challenged Kipchoge to complete the Marathon race in less than two hours. The current Marathon record is 2:01:39. Kipchoge accepted this challenge as presented by INEOS hence the name INEOS 1:59 Challenge. According to Kipchoge, this event gives him a golden chance to throw down a challenge to humanity that no individual is limited. As a result, he invited the whole world to witness him as he tackles this challenge as he attempts to run the 42.195 kilometers in under-two hours (Sub-2Hr Marathon). This historical event will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2019, in Prater, Vienna, Austria. The challenge will be broadcasted live globally on both the traditional and digital media platforms for everyone to witness.

What Does Eliud Kipchonge Say About the Challenge?

According to Kipchoge, Mental barriers are the only inhibitors in this challenge. Therefore, a successful accomplishment requires a clear focus on the goal, working hard, and believing in one’s self. Eliud strongly believes that a clear focus will help him accomplish this challenge. While accepting the challenge, Eliud says “It gives me great pride to accept the challenge presented by INEOS. I am very excited about the months of good preparation to come and to show the world that when you focus on your goal, when you work hard and when you believe in yourself, anything is possible”

Kipchoge with Sir Ratcliffe

INEOS 1:59 Challenge Supporter

This Challenge is being supported by Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS, one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world. Apart from manufacturing, the company is known for sponsoring events and charities like The Daily Mile, INEOS Team UK, OGC Nice, and Lausanne-Sport. Through its philosophy of “Never tell us something can’t be done,” the company believes in supporting and challenging individuals, working with experts and creating brilliantly effective teams. As a result, Kipchoge’s mission is also supported by different experts and a team of pacesetters.

Kipchonge’s Team in INEOS 1:59 Challenge

INEOS 1:59 Challenge official website states, “INEOS believes in supporting and challenging individuals, working with experts and creating brilliantly effective teams.” Therefore, a team of experts and pacesetters were carefully selected to help Eliud Kipchonge in accomplishing this goal. The experts include Patrick Sang (Lead Coach), Peter Nduhiu (physiotherapist), Valentijn Trouw (athlete manager), Jos Hermens (GSE CEO), Armed Bettonviel (Nutrition Expert), and Peter Vergouwen (Physician). While on the track, Kipchoge will be assisted to maintain his running pace by a team of Pacesetters from different parts of the world. 15 of these pacesetters are renowned Kenyan athletes. They include Philemon Emmanuel Bett, Kacheran, Justus Kimutai, Noah Kipkemboi, Augustine Choge, Victor Chumo, Jonathan Korir, Gideon Kipketer, Eric Kiptanui. Marius Kipserem, Nicholas Rotich, Ronald Kwemoi, Alex Korio, and Micah Kogo.

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