Runner's World


BY THE TIME you read this, one or more Nike-sponsored runners may have broken the two-hour marathon barrier, or will be on the brink of trying. We’ve been covering the Breaking2 quest from behind the scenes for five months, and I think it’s the most exciting, ambitious, and innovative (and, yes, controversial) initiative in the sport right now. Chairman and CEO Mark Parker, who began working at Nike in 1979 as a shoe designer, helped hatch the plan in 2014. Fittingly, Parker is a runner.

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