Sunday at the Berlin Marathon, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge broke the marathon world record by 30 seconds, and he had some great help with his hydration guy on a bike, Claus-Henning Schulke.
As small as the role of simply passing the hydration bottle to the fastest marathon runner in history might seem, Schulke might be the best in the world at doing it. There are 13 stations in the marathon, each a few kilometers apart. This means that every time Schulke gave Kipchoge a bottle, he had to quickly get back on his bike and ride in front. Remember that these riders average just over 21 km/h, so there isn’t much time to get to the next pit station.
Schulke, a 56-year-old triathlete from Berlin, first worked with Kipchoge in 2018, when he set the world record of 2:01:39. Schulke has been a volunteer at the Berlin Marathon since 1998 and is the senior member of the 30-person crew responsible for bringing elite athletes their drinks during the race.
When Schulke completed his transfer to Kipchoge at the first hydration station, Schulke made his fist celebration, as he did in 2018.
Check out Schulke’s incredible effort during Sunday’s marathon:
⚡️Have you ever wondered how elites plan their hydration while running? So Ellud Kipchoge has a dedicated bottle man, Claus-Henning Schulke. pic.twitter.com/QbfV2PG1Ru
—AM Reports™ (@AMReportsHQ) September 25, 2022