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Ryan Hall USA Flag Marathoner

Fastest U.S. Marathoner Ryan Hall Retiring from Racing

Ryan Hall USA Flag Marathoner

Ryan Hall, who holds the fastest U.S. marathon time ever recorded in 2:04:58, is retiring from competitive racing at the age 0f 33 according to a detailed article about his career in the N.Y. Times.

The reason is due to extreme fatigue and chronically low testosterone which is limiting Hall to minimal training.

Hall, 33, who was one of the last remaining hopes for an American front-runner in this summer’s Olympic marathon, is succumbing to chronically low testosterone levels and fatigue so extreme, he says, that he can barely log 12 easy miles a week.

Most fans of the sport always felt Hall was on the verge of that major marathon win, but it never transpired as his body seemed to break down often and limit his training.

“I’ve explored every issue to get back to the level I’ve been at, and my body is not responding. I realized that it was time to stop striving, to finally be satisfied and decide ‘mission accomplished.’ ”

Hall is at peace with his decision according to his wife, fellow runner, Sara Hall. The couple recently adopted four Ethiopian sisters.

We wish Ryan and his family the best of luck in his retirement. He’s one of the most well-known U.S. marathoners of all time and a great example to many young runners that they too can become a great American long distance runner.

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Bobby Mack Wins USA Cross Country Championship in St. Louis

Bobby Mack won the USA Cross Country Championship on Saturday in a very cold St. Louis, Missouri in a time of 35:41.

Aaron Braun finished in second place. Third went to Josh Simpson.

Christo Landry and Rombough rounded out the top 5.

Other notable finishers/Results:

  • 6th – Elliot Kraus
  • 13th – Steve Murdock
[Will try to update when more results are sent my way]

The women’s race was held prior to the men’s event and included a photo finish win for Sara Hall who barely edged out Molly Huddle (full story).

[hat tip to Jeff Caron]

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Sara Hall – Molly Huddle Cross Country Championship Photo Finish

Sara Hall Wins USA Cross Country Championship in Photo Finish

Sara Hall won the women’s USA Cross Country Championships in St. Louis just moments ago.

Sara beat Molly Huddle in a finish so close that the winner wasn’t known until several minutes after the race.  The judges finally decided that Hall had won the race by a nose.

Some on Twitter were saying that Huddle crossed the timing mat first but that Hall’s lean got her across the tape first.  Sounds like a Hollywood ending.

Sara is the wife of American marathoner Ryan Hall.

Follow Sara Hall on Twitter @SaraHall3

[finish line photo courtesy of Ryan Hall]

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