Ryan Hall holds the American records for the half marathon and 20k, and his 2:04:58 marathon time is the fastest ever by an American. Ryan’s wife, Sara, is also a professional runner. Their Hall Steps Foundation urges the running community to help end global poverty.


  • Birthplace: Kirkland, Washington
  • High School: Big Bear High School, Big Bear Lake, California
  • College: Stanford University (Major – Sociology, Class of 2006)
  • Ryan and his wife Sara, currently currently train in Flagstaff, AZ and Palo Alto, CA

“I run because I believe that God has created me to run. When I run, I feel like I am fulfilling the purpose for which I was created. I know that I may not always run, but that God has used running as a part of my life to lead me down a path that I would not have taken otherwise.

If I had never run, I would have never went to Stanford, met Sara, or be doing what I am doing now. I believe that God wants me to run to bring glory to his name and to further his kingdom on earth in some way. Some of my most intimate moments with God have been out in the trails, on the race course, or on the track. This is why I love to run.”


Personal Bests

  • 1,500m – 3:42.70 (2001)
  • 5,000m – 13:16.03 (2005)
  • 10,000m – 28:07.93 (2007)
  • 20,000m – 57:54 (2006) American Record
  • Half-marathon – 59:43 (2007) American Record
  • Marathon – 2:04:58 (2011) fastest American performance of all time

Chronology

    • 1999 – California state high school cross-country champion (Junior)
    • 2000 – California state high school two-mile champion in time of 8:55
    • 2000 – California state high school cross-country champion (Senior)
    • 2000 – 3rd place finish at Footlocker Nationals in Orlando, Florida
    • 2001 – California state high school 1600m champion in state record time of 4:02
    • 2001 – 1st place at Murray Keating XC Invitational, won team title (Stanford)
    • 2001 – Pac-10 Championship team with Stanford
    • 2002 – 1st place finish at Stanford Invitational 4000m race
    • 2002 – 1st place finish at Notre Dame Invitational Blue 6000m race
    • 2002 –1st team All Pac-10
    • 2002 – All Pac-10 academic selection
    • 2002 – 9th place finish at NCAA West Regional XC Championships
    • 2002 – NCAA All-American in cross-country
    • 2003 – Pac-10 track and field champion in the 1500m
    • 2003 – 1st place finish at Stanford Invitational 4000m race
    • 2003 – Pac-10 cross-country Athlete of the Year
    • 2003 – 2nd place finish at NCAA cross-country
    • 2003 – NCAA All-American in cross-country
    • 2004 – 2nd place finish at Pac-10 cross-country championships
    • 2004 – 1st place finish at NCAA West Regional cross-country championships
    • 2005 – 2nd place finish 5,000m at Pac-10 track and field championships
    • 2005 – 1st place finish 5,000m at NCAA outdoor track and field championships
    • 2005 – 3rd place finish 5,000m at USA outdoor championships
    • 2006 – 3rd place finish 4,000m at USA cross-country championships
    • 2006 – USA 12,000m cross-country champion
    • 2006 – USA Half-marathon champion
    • 2006 – 8th place finish 5,000m at USA outdoor track and field championships
    • 2006 – 1st place finish Great Cow Harbor 10,000m course record (28:22)
    • 2006 – American record 20,000m (57:54) at IAAF World Championships in Hungary
    • 2007 – American record half-marathon (59:43) at Aramco Half-marathon in Houston, TX
    • 2007 – American record debut marathon (2:08:24) at Flora London Marathon
    • 2007 – 1st place finish at USA Olympic Trials Marathon (2:09:02) in New York, NY
    • 2008 – 5th place finish at Flora London Marathon in London, UK
    • 2008 – 10th place finish in the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China (2:12:33)
    • 2009 – 1st place in the 15K Publix Super Markets Gasparilla Distance Classics Race (43:26)
    • 2009 – 3rd place in the Boston Marathon (2:09:40)
    • 2009 – 3rd place in the NYC Half-Marathon (1:02:35)
    • 2009 – 1st place in the ING Philadelphia Distance Run Half-Marathon (1:01:52)
    • 2009 – 4th place in the ING NYC Marathon (2:10:36)
    • 2010 – 4th place in the Boston Marathon (2:08:40)
    • 2010 – 1st place in the Bix 7 (32:55) (a USA 7 Mile Championship event)
    • 2011 – 2nd place in the USA Half Marathon Championship (1:02:20)
    • 2011 – 4th place in the Boston Marathon (2:04:58) – the fastest American run time
    • 2011 – 5th place in the Chicago Marathon(2:08:04)
    • 2012 – 2nd place in the Olympic Marathon Trials at Houston (2:09:30)

*Information courtesy of USATF.org, Stanford.com, and Wikipedia.org

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