National Geographic has partnered with multinational apparel conglomerate Nike to produce the feature documentary special Breaking2.
The tentatively titled hour-long special is slated to document the year-long journey of three elite distance runners and their teams as they attempt to break the two-hour marathon barrier.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Martin Desmond Roe, the doc intersects technology and the human spirit by bringing viewers to rigorous testing in wind tunnels and running labs in the U.S. and balancing training with their every day lives in eastern Africa to the final race at the Monza circuit in Italy, where 32-year-old Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge (pictured) came within 25 seconds of breaking the two-hour mark.
The one-off is produced by National Geographic Studios in association with Dirty Robber.
Breaking2 is expected to premiere this September on National Geographic in the U.S. and Europe, and will be made available globally on digital platforms.
For National Geographic Studios, Brian Lovett and Jeff Hasler are executive producers. For Dirty Robber, Chris Uettwiller and Jason Puris are executive producers. Mark McCambridge is executive producer. Kathlyn Horan is producer. For National Geographic Channel, Betsy Forhan is executive producer.