The Traits That Allow Someone to Run a Two-Hour Marathon

The Traits That Allow Someone to Run a Two-Hour Marathon
(Marton Monus/MTI via AP)

Elite runners need a specific combination of physiological abilities to have any chance of running a sub-two-hour marathon, new research shows.

The study is based on detailed testing of athletes who took part in Nike's Breaking2 project – an ambitious bid to break the two-hour barrier.

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