While we’re on the topics of sports and dreams, Stanford graduate Ryan Hall ran 59:43 at the U.S. Half-Marathon Championship in Houston this morning, lopping an amazing 1:12 off Mark Curp’s American record. Curp’s mark of 1:00:55, set at the Philadelphia Distance Run, had stood for an equally amazing 21-plus years. Hall’s time for 13.109 miles averages out to just over four minutes, thirty-three seconds per mile.
|The 24-year-old Hall, who has yet to run a marathon but plans to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in November, is an immediate threat to every American mark from 10 kiliometers up and is currently the only male with the potential to run with the best distance runners on Earth.
Hall already held the American record for 20 kilometers (12.43 miles), having run 57:54 in Belgium last October. Although that mark broke the previous one by 48 seconds, Hall likely passed through 20K — a distance not contested nearly as often as the half-marathon — this morning in about 56:30.
In December, Hall’s younger brother Chad won the Foot Locker National High-School Cross Country Championships in San Diego, making him one of the better runners in the family.