For the first time, Eliud Kipchoge will aim to run a fast marathon without the help of pacemakers at the 2023 Boston Marathon on 17th April.
In most of his past marathon races, it has been exciting and thrilling to watch Eliud Kipchoge fixing himself just at the heels of three or more pacemakers as other runners get dropped out of the leading packs in fast-paced marathon races.
During the 2018 Berlin Marathon, he was the only one remaining in the leading pack with three pacesetters after the first 1km mark was crossed in 2 minutes and 43 seconds. At 14km, one pacemaker dropped out, and the remaining two tried to clear a path for Eliud Kipchoge to pass them on his way to running a new world record of 2:01:39. Kipchoge encouraged the two remaining pace setters to still stay close together in front of him. But, it took a short time before another one dropped out before reaching 16km.
Only one pacemaker, Josphat Boit, managed to provide some company to Kipchoge past the race’s halfway point.
While lowering the same world record from 2:01:39 to 2:01:09 on the same course last year, only two other runners went with him and the pacemakers past the 3km point. He ran almost the entire last half of the race alone and finished it more than five minutes ahead of his next competitor.
Pacemakers also played a significant role in Kipchoge’s Ineos 1:59 challenge, where he ran 1:59:40 for the marathon distance with the help of rotational pacemakers.
Unlike in the other four World Marathon majors he has already won and set course records in three, the two remaining marathons for Kipchoge, the Boston and the New York City Marathons, do not enlist the services of pacemakers in their races.
Here is the full article at RunBlogRun: How will Eliud Kipchoge run Boston Marathon without the help of pacemakers?