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11th October 2019

Start time set for INEOS 1:59 Challenge

Eliud Kipchoge’s historic attempt to make history and become the first person ever to run a marathon in under two hours will start at 8:15AM CEST Saturday 12th October in Vienna, Austria.

The event will be broadcast worldwide live on the INEOS 1:59 Challenge YouTube page. It is a free event to attend and Kipchoge and his team are keen that a significant crowd will attend to cheer Kipchoge on and help him make history.

Fran Millar, CEO of TEAM INEOS, said “We took into account all the different parameters and the decision has been made that the INEOS 1:59 Challenge will start at 8:15AM CEST on Saturday 12th October”.

Kipchoge arrived in Vienna on 8th October, having flown from his training camp in Kaptagat in Kenya and has been acclimatising to Vienna and training on the course as part of his race-week preparations.

In a pre-event press conference held on 11th October Eliud Kipchoge said: “I’m feeling well, I’m happy with the course and I am waiting for Saturday.

“Vienna is a sporting city. The crowd loves sport in Vienna and the course is flat and fast and in a park – a natural environment.

“Berlin was about running a world record, Vienna is about running and breaking history, like the first man on the moon.”

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