Ryan Hall Retires From Professional Running


After 20 years of competitive running, American record-holder Ryan Hall has announced his retirement, according to a report from the New York Times.

Years of extreme training have led the marathoner to end his competitive running career at 33 years old. He is suffering from chronically low testosterone levels, which is causing his body extreme fatigue. Hall ends his professional career with a marathon personal best of 2:04:58 and as a two-time Olympian for Team USA.

“Up to this point, I always believed my best races were still ahead of me,” Hall told the New York Times. “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 reportedly learned of his low testosterone levels after he graduated from Stanford University and began running professionally. Despite the diagnosis, which can often result from high intensity training over long periods of time, Hall still managed to record impressive marks.

“When I was getting into the sport, jumping into the marathon, people told me to wait and hold out, I needed to work up to it,” he said. “I said: ‘Whatever, that’s not true. I’ve been running 100 miles a week since I was 17, in high school, and I’m ready.’ But training at that level for so long takes a toll on your body for sure.”

Watch the full story of the American distance running icon in Ryan Hall: RESURRECTION -

Hall made his debut in the marathon distance at the 2007 London Marathon where he ran 2:08:24 and finished seventh overall. The performance still stands as the fastest marathon debut for an American-born distance runner. That same year, he clocked an American record in the half marathon with a winning time of 59:43 in Houston.

With a breakthrough start to marathon running, Hall continued with a dominating victory at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and a 10th-place finish at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

His greatest marathon performance came at the 2011 Boston Marathon where he famously finished fourth in a personal best of 2:04:58, right behind East African standouts Geoffrey Mutai, Moses Mosop and Gebregziabher Gebremariam. The performance still stands as the fastest marathon ever run by an American-born athlete.

Due to nagging injuries, Hall’s career took a turn after his Boston performance. He finished second to former training partner Meb Keflezighi at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, but was forced to drop out of the Olympic Games in London due to a hamstring injury.

One of Hall’s most memorable performances came at the 2014 Boston Marathon, the year after the finish line bombings. Hall along with fellow American Nick Arciniaga purposely slowed the chase pack of East Africans when Keflezighi pulled away 10 miles from the finish line. As a result, the chase pack was unable to catch Kelflezighi, and he was able to secure a historic American victory.

Last September, Hall and his wife Sara, who is an accomplished distance runner as well, adopted four sisters from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hana (15), Mia (13), Jasmine (8), and Lily (5) were brought into the Hall family last fall and have since been brought back to live permanently at the Hall’s home in Redding, California.

The new fatherly role is something that Hall has embraced whole heartedly. Following the retirement announcement, Hall plans to focus on being a father as well as volunteer with the Steps Foundation, a charity he started with Sara. He and Steve Magness will also be coaching Sara to compete at her first ever Olympic Marathon Trials this February.

Overall, Hall says that his goal is to let his body take a much needed rest from many years of 100+ mile weeks.

“I started running when I was 13, in puberty,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever let my body come to baseline. I don’t even know what baseline is.”

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K


North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener


Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

Kirby Lee VincentCrisp.jpg

Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

Screen Shot 2018-01-20 at 8.12.01 AM.png

On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid


Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal


Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon


Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.

Olympians, Top Collegians Clash At Larry Wieczorek Invitational


The Larry Wieczorek Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the University of Iowa has it all: top professional athletes like Fred Kerley, Olympic champions and world record holders like Aries Merritt, and defending NCAA champions like Mikiah Brisco of LSU. 

Centro Passing On Indoors In 2018

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports CentroWillis.jpg

Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz is skipping the indoor season and instead will race outdoors in Australia. 

20 Events You Cannot Miss at The VA Showcase!

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Tyrese Cooper

The 2017 VA Showcase saw 11 U.S. No. 1 performances, two national records, and its alumni went on to win a staggering 33 indoor national titles. Needless to say, it was the greatest regular season meet of all time.