Nike Running Shoes Fall Apart During Berlin Marathon

42nd Berlin Marathon Nike Eliud Kipchoge
Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge's Nike sneakers fell apart during the 42nd Berlin Marathon.
BMW Berlin Marathon (SCC Events/Victah Sailer)

Running a marathon is tough. Running a marathon with shoes that are falling apart with each stride is even tougher.

Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge was the top man in the 42nd Berlin Marathon on Sunday, with a time of 2:04:00. The 30-year-old runner finished first in the race — with the sock liner of his Nike running shoes coming out. According to the Berlin Marathon website, the sock liners started coming out of Kipchoge’s shoes at the 16-kilometer mark (roughly 10 miles), but Kipchoge was aware of the problem with his shoes by the first kilometer (roughly .6 miles).

“It wasn’t a good day for me in these shoes, though they’re actually very good. I tested them in Kenya but just had bad luck on the day. I had problems from the first kilometer,” Kipchoge said following the race, according to the Berlin Marathon’s website.

Despite his shoes falling apart, Kipchoge was still able to beat his personal-best time by five seconds.

According to the website, Kipchoge was on the verge of threatening the course record of 2:02:57, set last year by Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto.

Kenyan runner Gladys Cherono was the top finisher for the women, with a time of 2:19:25.

On Sept. 18, as the marathon approached, running brand Brooks released a Berlin-inspired edition of its Ghost 8 shoe, adorned with graffiti and bold colors, which was designed to mimic the scenery runners encounter on the course.

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