THE RUN.

2.4mi

112mi

26.2mi

The marathon. The pinnacle of road running, and this one starts between four and five hours into the attempt. 26.2 miles of flat, fast roads, with time running out and the Sub 7 and Sub 8 records in sight. The marathon will be run on a closed course, with no dead turns, plenty of spectator viewpoints and designed for maximum speed.

THE RUN

How will our athletes fare?

Alistair
Brownlee

Dual Olympic Champion

How many times has Alistair Brownlee dropped the field on the run leg to win? Too many to count. Widely regarded as the best short course triathlete in history, Brownlee always has an extra gear on the run, and his rivals know it. If he gets the pacing right, there will be plenty left in the tank.

For Lucy Charles-Barclay, the run is often about protecting a lead, and more often than not she’s successful. At her very first Ironman in 2014, the then age-group athlete ran a 4:17. 5 years later, she ran her first sub-3 hour marathon on her way to winning Ironman South Africa.

Lucy
Charles-Barclay

Multiple Iron Distance Race Winner

Kristian
Blummenfelt

Half Ironman World Record Holder

If Alistair Brownlee runs like a gazelle, then Kristain Blummenfelt runs like the lion that’s chasing him. Forgoing finesse, Norway’s Sub 7 hope gets it done by digging deeper into the pain than anyone else – you can see it on his face.

The consummate professional, for Nicola Spirig the run is about closing out victories. Involved in two of the most memorable Olympic run legs of all time, including a photo finish in London where she took gold, Spirig knows exactly how far she can push to get the best out of herself on the big stage.

Nicola
Spirig

Dual Olympic Medalist

By the Numbers

IRONMAN
WC RECORD
PACE

5:58
min/mile

PACE
REQUIRED FOR
2:30 TARGET

5:36
min/mile

MARATHON
WORLD RECORD
PACE

4:02
min/mile

RunRun

Can it be done?

Sub 2:30 HRS? (Men)

RunRun

Can it be done?

Sub 2:55 HRS? (Women)

Join us as we defy the impossible

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THE LATEST

NICOLA SPIRIG

NICOLA SPIRIG

Olympic gold and silver medalist Nicola Spirig has joined the Sub8 Project and set her sights on shattering the iron distance world record.

KRISTIAN BLUMMENFELT

KRISTIAN BLUMMENFELT

Ironman 70.3 world record holder Kristian Blummenfelt will put his speed to the test over twice the distance in 2022.

LUCY CHARLES-BARCLAY

LUCY CHARLES-BARCLAY

Three-time Ironman World Championship runner-up Lucy Charles-Barclay is taking aim at the iron distance world record, signing on to the Sub-8 Project.