The 30-year-old is prepping for this November’s ING New York City Marathon.
Ryan Hall, the fastest American marathoner in history, will return to the oceanfront boardwalk of Virginia Beach on Sunday, September 1 at the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon. Hall, who holds the American record in the half-marathon at 59:43, will be making his second appearance at the event. In 2011 he finished fourth, running 1:03:02.
A two-time U.S. Olympian, Hall ran the fastest marathon ever by an American with his 2:04:58 clocking at the 2011 Boston Marathon. The 30-year-old qualified for last year’s Olympic marathon in London with a runner-up finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Houston. A hamstring injury forced him to drop out of last summer’s Olympic Marathon, but Hall is currently healthy and prepping for the ING New York City Marathon in November.
“Having run the 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon I know what potential this race holds,” said Hall, who will head to Africa following the event to continue his training for New York. “The environment up and down the beach on Labor Day Weekend is electric, the course fast, and the competition good. It will provide the perfect testing ground for my fitness.”
Hall will lead more than 15,000 entrants at the annual Labor Day Weekend event, which was the first destination half marathon in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. The event will include a two-person half marathon relay as well as a 5K “mini-marathon” for the second time.
Stretching across 13.1 seaside miles in one of America’s most scenic beach communities, the half marathon starts adjacent to the Virginia Beach Convention Center, runs through the resort area and Camp Pendleton, and finishes on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. The post-race entertainment kicks off Sunday night with an opening act at 7 PM, followed by a special Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach awards ceremony at 8. Third Eye Blind will take the stage as the headlining act an hour later.