Fast Flats: U.S. Olympic Marathoners’ Racing Shoes

Ryan Hall, ASICS

Ryan Hall will be racing in a modified pair of ASICS GEL-Hyper Speed 5 shoes. Although he raced in the infamous “rice husk” shoes in 2008 in Beijing and again the next spring in Boston, Hall has had an affinity for Hyper Speeds for years. He ran in a pair of Hyper Speed prototypes when he set the American record in the half marathon in Houston in 2007 and wore a pair of the original Hyper Speed shoes when he won the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in New York City in 2007. “The Hyper Speeds are very special to me,” Hall says. “They are the same shoes that anyone can pick up the only difference is mine will be a special color scheme.” (As of this week, Hall had not yet settled on the exact color scheme.) A men’s size 9.0 weighs in at 7.0 oz.

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