This release is from ASICS America via RBR, one of Ryan Hall's sponsors:

RYAN HALL FINISHES FOURTH AS THE FASTEST AMERICAN AT THE 115th BOSTON MARATHON

YR EDITORS NOTE: Congratulations to Ryan Hall's 4th place finish at Boston on Monday. Like the rest of the world we've been following Ryan and Sara Hall since high school. They've both fielded ask a coach questions here at Youthrunner.com and Sara was a guest editor in Youth Runner Magazine. The highlights for us at YR is when we cross paths with hard working, inspirational athletes. The Halls made the cut. Earlier this year before the Houston Half Marathon the world was wondering what was up with Ryan. He left a great coach, didn't seem like himself, and there were a lot of comments stirring about in the running community. I think he actually surprised the crowd with a great performance at that Houston Half. Monday, he quieted more of the comments with a time of 2:04:58, the fastest time ever by an American at Boston. We all get a lot of advice and criticism in life. The tough part is learning what to take and what to get rid of. Whether you agree with Ryan or not he's figured out how to stay true to himself and his goals. We've got some super stars out there that call themselves role models. The Halls are role models. Again, Congratulations and.....I guess that new coaching deal worked out okay for you.

This release is from ASICS America, one of Ryan Hall's sponsors:

Olympic marathoner and ASICS athlete Ryan Hall finished in fourth place at the 115th Boston Marathon with a time of 2:04:58, the fastest time ever by an American. Hall beat his current Boston record in 2010 (2:08:41), by four minutes and broke his fastest marathon time by more than two minutes (2:06:17) at the 2008 London Marathon.

On a cool, crisp, sunny morning with the high hovering around 48 degrees, America's favorite, Hall led from the start for his third consecutive appearance at this prestigious event. Hall finished third in 2009 (2:09:40) and fourth in 2010 (2:08:58).

The 115th Boston Marathon, one of five World Marathon Majors began in Hopkinton with a strong tailwind from the back propelling racers along this historic course. Hall, in his red, white and blue uniform with USA across the front of his chest, led the pack, pushing the pace for the third consecutive year. The self-coached Hall pushed the first half of the race for a speed under world record pace.

At mile 13, as he passed Wellesley College, Hall ran near the side closest to fans to capitalize on the energy. Like he did the previous year, Hall put his hand to his ear to encourage the fans to cheer him on and showing obvious signs of enjoying every minute of this race.

Hall fell behind the pack around mile 15 for several miles, running his own race, yet being persistent and staying close behind the lead pack. Just before Heartbreak Hill, Hall charged back and surged in the front again.

Towards the 35K mark, Hall reluctantly let Moses Mosop (Kenya) and Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) take off putting significant distance between the two top finishers from third and fourth place. Mutai crossed the finish line setting the fastest time ever run in a marathon (2:03:02).

I participated in an historic race today and kept thinking to myself I can't believe I feel this good, said Ryan Hall. It was a tough competitive field and I truly held my own finishing four minutes faster than last year.

Hall will donate all of his prize earnings to The STEPS Foundation, the non-profit organization he co-founded with his wife with the goal of ending poverty.

Hall_Ryan-Boston11.JPGRyan Hall, 2011 BAA Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hall, sponsored by ASICS since 2005, currently holds the record for the fastest Olympic Men's Marathon Trial (2:09:02) in 2008 and the fastest marathon time ever by an American (2:04:58) with today's finish at the 2011 Boston Marathon.

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