Home: Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
PRONUNCIATION: RY-uhn Hall
AGE: 27 (10/14/82)
PERSONAL BEST: 2:06:17 (London, 2008)
WORLD MARATHON MAJORS:
19Apr10 Boston Marathon 4th 2:08:41
01Nov09 ING New York City Marathon 4th 2:10:36
20Apr09 Boston Marathon 3rd 2:09:40
24Aug08 Olympic Marathon (Beijing) 10th 2:12:33
13Apr08 Flora London Marathon 5th 2:06:17
22Apr07 Flora London Marathon 7th 2:08:24
ADDITIONAL MARATHON HIGHLIGHTS:
03Nov07 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials 1st 2:09:02 CR
Ryan Hall has proven himself as one of the best American distance runners of all time. He carries impressive qualifications as the second fastest American marathoner in history with a 2:06:17 personal best. Only former world record holder Khalid Khannouchi has posted a better U.S. mark. Hall's 2007 debut in London of 2:08:24 was the fastest debut ever by an American. He was first at the 2007 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, shattering the event record by more than a minute, and went on to place 10th at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Marathon. Hall is also the American record holder in the half marathon, and his 59:43 marked the first time an American had ever broken the one-hour barrier.
After finishing third in Boston in 2009, Hall returned this past April and set a new U.S. course record with his 2:08:41 fourth-place. He dramatically set the pace through the first half, which provided eventual champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot the groundwork to break the course record. Hall’s strong closing miles put him within two seconds of a podium position as he led the U.S. men to three spots in the top ten. In 2009 Hall ran aggressively, taking the lead pack through the 5K in 14:33 (one second ahead of world record pace). Despite falling back from eventual winner Deriba Merga in the Newton hills, Hall never gave up and fought his way to third. Hall says, “I love the Boston Marathon and this year I hope that both my experience training on the course and racing here will lead to something very special. Regardless of what the day holds, all of us who take on the unique journey of covering the 26.2 trying miles to Boylston Street can say we partook in history. I am training with eager anticipation of the opportunity that the Boston Marathon holds believing that all things are possible.”
A 2005 Stanford graduate and three-time All American in cross-country, Hall is married to professional runner Sara Bei Hall. He has three brothers, Steve, Craig and Chad and a sister, Kasey. “I became a runner, because I felt like God gave me a vision to run to help other people when I was in eighth grade,” said Hall. “I didn’t even like to run, but on my way to a basketball game, I got the vision to try and run around the lake in my hometown.” Hall completed that first 15 miles in basketball shoes and has been running ever since. The Halls founded The Hall Steps Foundation with a mission to end global poverty.