Three African elite athletes will attempt to run the marathon (26 miles 385 yards, 42.195 km) in under two hours in a project being sponsored by sports giant Nike.
Olympic marathon champion Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, Eritrean Zersenay Tadese, the half-marathon world-record holder, and Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, a two-times Boston Marathon winner – will be trying to do shortly before dawn on Saturday, the UK Guardian reports.
Could Eliud Kipchoge be the first human to run a marathon in under two hours?
Kenyan Dennis Kimetto’s current world record, set in 2014, stands at 2:02:57.
Sports scientists have been working with the team to see if a sub-two-hour marathon is humanly possible.
Also, the event will be held on the Monza Formula One track in Italy, selected for optimal temperature and wind levels.