Women's Marathon - August 5th
Men's Marathon - August 12th
2008 Olympic Trials Marathon champion (2:09:02)
2007 USA Half Marathon champion (59:43)
2006 USA Cross Country champion – 12k (34:38)
2012 Olympic Team Trials Marathon runner-up (2:09:30)
10th at Olympic Marathon (2:12:33)
2005 NCAA 5,000m champion (13:22.32)
2003 NCAA Cross Country runner-up
Awards and Honors
American half marathon (59:43) and 20 km (57:54) record holder
Three-time NCAA Cross Country All-American
Stanford 5,000m record holder (13:22.32)
Heading into the 2012 Olympic Games, Ryan Hall becomes an American contender for a medal in the marathon. Hall has numerous American marks already to his credit including the American half marathon record and Olympic Trials record. He also posted the second-fastest marathon time ever by an American of 2:06.17 with his fifth place finish at the 2008 London Marathon. Hall ran 2:08:24 in his debut marathon in 2007. It was the fastest ever debut marathon time by an American. He went from prodigy to American record holder in a span of a few years. He became the first American to break the one-hour barrier in the half marathon and broke Mark Curp’s record, which had stood for 21 years, by more than one minute. He ran the fastest time by an American at the 2006 World Cross Country Championships in Japan, placing 43rd.
As a prep standout, Hall ran the third fastest high school time ever in the 1,500 meters of 3:42.70. The California state champion, Hall held the second fastest high school 1,600m time of 4:00.52 in the country. Wife Sara (Bei) Hall is also an elite distance runner, who won the 2011 Pan Am Games steeplechase. The Halls are active with charitable groups such as Team World Vision. They worked on a campaign in 2008 entitled, “More Precious than Gold,” that raised nearly a million dollars to help bring clean water wells and irrigation systems to poor communities in Zambia.