Ryan Hall Sets American Record in the Half Marathon

Jan. 18, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - Former Stanford standout Ryan Hall ran 59:43 for the half-marathon, an American and North American record, at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon and USA Half Marathon on Sunday. Hall shattered the long-standing American record in the half-marathon of 1:00:55 set by Mark Curp in 1985 in Philadelphia.

The 24-year-old won the US championships easily and among the runners left in his wake was Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi who ran 1:02:22, for 3rd, just behind Fasil Bizuneh who was 2nd in 1:02:22. On a non-aided course, Hall's performance is the ninth best ever in the world? and considered one of the best performances ever by an American at any distance.

Hall was a four-time All-American at Stanford and captured the NCAA Championship in the 5000 meters in 2005.

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