New Marathon World Record!

In case you missed it, a new marathon world record was set yesterday in the Berlin Marathon. Patrick Makau of Kenya shattered the 3-year-old mark (also set in the Berlin Marathon), by a whopping 21 seconds, to 2:03:38. The old record was held by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, who at 38 might not have any more world records in him (he dropped out at mile 17 in Berlin yesterday), but who remains a class act and a hero of mine.
Curious about how the marathon record has dropped over the years? Here’s a brief rundown, decade by decade:
2hrs 55mins18.4sec
Johnny Hayes (US) in 1908
2:36:06
Alexis Ahlgren (Sweden): 1913
2:30:57
Harry Payne (UK): 1929
2:26:42
Son Kitei (Japan): 1935
2:25:39
Suh Yun-bok (S Korea) 1947
2:15:17
Sergei Popov (Soviet Union): 1958
2:08:33
Derek Clayton (Australia): 1969
2:09:06
Shigeru So (Japan): 1978
2:06:50
Belayneh Dinsamo (Ethiopia): 1988
2:05:42
Khalid Khannouchi (Morocco): 1999
2:03:59
Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia): 2008
2:03:38
Patrick Makau (Kenya): 2011

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Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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One Response to New Marathon World Record!

  1. Those record times are incredible. I think I will do what any self-respecting 41-year-old mom would do. I will shoot for double Haile’s time of 2:03 during my first marathon on Oct. 15th. Jeff, if your new book is half as interesting and entertaining as the first (My First 100 Marathons), it’ll be a hit! You’ve been a great inspiration during all of my training. Keep it coming.

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