Video Of People Try To Run On A Treadmill Set To The Speed Of The Marathon World Record Holder's Average Pace

November 9, 2018

This is a video of 'average people' attempting to keep up with the average pace of Eliud Kipchoge's world record 2:01:39 marathon finish at the Berlin Marathon in September. I say 'average people' because these are all people who attended the 2018 Chicago Marathon Expo and not just any Tom, Dick or Jenny off the street, so they're probably at least amateur runners. I personally would be an average person. "Below average." True. Anyway, with Eliud's average pace of 4:38 per mile, the treadmill is running right around 13.7 MPH, or about half of Husain Bolt's max speed. I could probably keep up that pace for just two blocks, and only if the police are chasing me -- probably right into a dead end. *climbing chain link fence* I ain't going back to jail.

Keep going for the whole video.

Thanks to Erin M, for inspiring me to write Eliud and ask him if he'd be willing to carry me piggyback style in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

  • The_Wretched

    Notice how the people who could stay on the treadmill made it look pretty easy? They had more body control than the ones failing about madly. Also, long strides are artificially advantageous on that rig. The longer between steps, the fewer pushes back you get from the treadmill.

  • Joshua Varty

    You know Usain's name doesn't have an 'H' in it, yeah?

  • PowerGloveKid

    These people dont know how to run.

  • Jeigh Lynn

    I could probably do it but I would have to run fast for 30 to 60 second each day with one day off. I should have ran like Kipchoge but spread out over 366 days.

  • Wooder

    This is when you encourage your slow friends to do it...

  • Jenness

    This looks like it would be fun and eye opening. That pace is insane for a marathon. I can't imagine it.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I'm not stupid. I would never attempt this because I know my big fat ass can't run like that.

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  • Steven Rodriguez

    This is stupid, not even a record holder would be able to run fast on a soft surface like that.

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