Ryan Hall, Two Times Olympian | First American to break the one hour HM barrier | Boston Marathon podium finisher
Ryan Hall is one of the fastest runners of all times. He is a two-time Olympian and holds the United States record in the Half Marathon. He became the first American runner to complete the Half Marathon inside an hour (59:43) when he broke Mark Curp’s record that had stood for 21 years.
Hall also owns the American record on the Boston Marathon course and remains the only person from the country to run a sub-2:05 marathon. In fact, Hall has finished in the top four of the Boston Marathon for three straight years from 2009 until 2011, achieving his personal best 2:04:58 in 2011.
Hall won the 2008 US Olympic Team Trials Marathon in New York City, notching up a Trials-record 2:09:02.
In World Marathon Challenge 2017, Hall ran seven marathons in seven continents in seven consecutive days. Starting with Antarctica where the mercury hovered around -30 ° C to Chile to Miami to Madrid to Morocco to Dubai to Sydney, Hall finished fifth and left his shoes at the finish line in Sydney as a symbolic act signifying the end of his career.
Hall is also a running coach, author of the books — Running with Joy and Run the Mile You’re In, and a philanthropist. He is married to Sara Hall (née Bei), also an elite distance runner. The Halls formed the Hall Steps Foundation and also remain active with several charitable groups.