Phase 1 // Development

Will involve setting up the global consortium, advertising the ambitious objectives and securing the necessary sponsorship to initiate the project.

For an ambitious project of this kind to succeed it will require a dedicated group of multidisciplinary scientists from academia and industry with specialist expertise ranging from laboratory to field research. These world-leading scientists will require substantial funding to motivate and support their continued involvment in the SUB2 project. The make-up of the project consortium will be guided by this requirment and the need to develop state-of-the-art technologies and approaches. The major and unlimited prospects for commercial benefit will ensure the development of numerous small, medium and large enterprise partnerships with industry; cornserstone for the success of the SUB2 project. An estimate of $30million of funding will be sought over the next 5 years.

Phase 2 // Implementation

Aimed at establishing the project and achieving the 1:59:59 objective.

The level of success achieved during Phase 1 will dictate to a large extent whether all necessary requirements will have been attained for the successful implementation of the SUB2 project. While Phase 1 and 2 have separate aims, objectives and timeframes, these distinct phases will commence from the onset of the project. Cornerstone to the successful implementation of the project will be securing the engagement and full support of all necessary stakeholders including scientists and medical personnel, industry, sponsors, athletes, athlete management agencies and local, national and international sporting governing bodies. 

Phase 3 // Legacy

Serve as a model for future sporting success

The SUB2 project is a “3P” proof-of-concept idea motivated by the need to prevent doping (1P), protect the clean athlete (2P), and promote performance without doping (3P). The SUB2 project is a “clean running” project, with the aim to promote clean marathon running i.e. high performance marathon running without doping. As such, all athletes participating in the project will undergo regular doping controls (blood and urine); tests will be carried out, handled and analysed and the data interpreted in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Athlete Biological Passport Operating Guidelines. While there are no guarantees the SUB2 consortium will succeed in delivering a sub2hr marathon within 5 years, a successful SUB2 project could serve as a model for future sporting success.

3 Pillars of Anti-doping

The SUB2 project is a “3P” proof-of-concept idea motivated by the need to prevent doping (1P), protect the clean athlete (2P), and promote performance without doping (3P). The SUB2 project is a “clean running” project, with the aim to promote clean marathon running i.e. high performance marathon running without doping.

As such, all athletes participating in the project will undergo regular doping controls (blood and urine); tests will be carried out, handled and analysed and the data interpreted in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Athlete Biological Passport Operating Guidelines. While there are no guarantees the SUB2 consortium will succeed in delivering a sub2hr marathon within 5 years, a successful SUB2 project could serve as a model for future sporting success.