The Austrian capital has been chosen to host the event, which will see Kenyan world record holder Kipchoge make his second bid to run the first sub-two-hour marathon.
“After an extensive worldwide assessment process, The Prater – the famous Viennese park – has been chosen by the Ineos 1:59 Challenge as the venue that will give Kipchoge the optimum conditions to write himself into the history books,” Ineos said.
Kipchoge ran the marathon in a time of two hours and 25 seconds on the Monza race track in Italy in his previous attempt to break the two-hour mark. He was assisted by pacemakers who ran set sections of the course on that occasion, meaning it was not recognised as a world record.
The 34-year-old 2016 Olympic gold medal winner set the current world record in Berlin last September when running 2:01:39, beating the previous best by 78 seconds.
He also ran the second-fastest time in history when completing the London marathon in April in a time of 2:02:37.
Ineos chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe said: “Eliud Kipchoge is the greatest ever marathon runner and the only athlete in the world who has any chance of beating the two-hour time.
“Nobody’s been able to achieve this. It’s not unlike trying to put a man on the moon.”
Kipchoge added: “I’ve been informed Vienna has a fast and flat course, nicely protected by trees.
“The course is as well situated in the heart of this beautiful city, which will enable a great number of spectators to be part of this historical event.”
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