Champions may lose, but they don’t become losers. Champions may be temporarily disappointed with a sub-par performance, but they don’t remain disappointed. They decide to learn, taking the lessons to start over with a stronger desire to succeed… and sometimes, they decide to start over moving in an entirely new direction.
After finishing dead last… Ryan Hall found his true calling
An excerpt from “Dead Freakin’ Last…“, a Runner’s World article.
Ryan Hall (b. October 14, 1982- ) is a two-time U.S. Olympic marathoner and the American record holder in the half marathon.
Hall’s 2:04:58 at the 2011 Boston Marathon is the fastest marathon ever run by an American; the time doesn’t count as the American marathon because Boston’s point-to-point, net-elevation-loss course makes it ineligible for record purposes.
After graduating from Stanford in 2005, Hall began his professional career as a 5,000-meter runner, and represented the United States in the event at the 2005 world championships. He soon after concentrated on road racing, starting with the national 20K title in the fall of 2006. Hall’s big road breakthrough came at the Houston Half Marathon in January 2007. He won in 59:43, an American record. Hall remains the only American to have broken an hour for the half marathon.
Hall made his marathon debut at the 2007 London Marathon, where he placed seventh in 2:08:24. The time is the American record for a debut marathon.