Enthusiasm, endurance and passion. Every marathon runner has his or her own story. In Vienna a new one was added: Eliud Kipchoge was the first human being to run a marathon in under two hours. On October 12, 2019, the Olympic champion achieved this historic breakthrough in a time of 1:59:40.2 hours. It was a world event like the first mile under four minutes, like the first ascent of Mount Everest, like the moon landing.
120,000 people came to witness the historic run in the Prater Hauptallee. More than two billion people worldwide saw the first 1:59 marathon on TV, in newspapers and online channels. Eliud's running course in Vienna is at the heart of the Vienna City Marathon and will be a part of sports history forever.
The Vienna City Marathon team produced this world event as the local organizer. In close cooperation with the commissioning client INEOS, the expert teams of the London Marathon and Global Sports Communications, and in coordination with the authorities of the City of Vienna, the VCM team made a groundbreaking event possible after only three and a half months of intensive preparation.
Eliud Kipchoge's dream time of 1:59 is the motivation for you to try something special? Vienna and the Vienna City Marathon offer a unique atmosphere and event. Ten kilometres of the VCM course lead over 1:59 track. Set yourself a goal and run exactly where Eliud Kipchoge has inscribed himself in the history books and our hearts.
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