Sara Hall Becomes Second-Fastest Marathoner in American History at The Marathon Project

Sara Hall Becomes Second-Fastest Marathoner in American History at The Marathon Project

  • At The Marathon Project in Chandler, Arizona, Sara Hall set a personal best, running 2:20:32 to win the race. She was on pace to top Deena Kastor’s American record—2:19:36—but fell off in the final miles.
  • Keira D’Amato and Kellyn Taylor finished second and third respectively, running 2:22:56 and 2:25:22.
  • On the men’s side, Martin Hehir won the race in 2:08:59, good enough for seventh on the all-time list of American marathoners. Noah Droddy finished second in 2:09:09, putting him ninth all-time.

    Sara Hall won The Marathon Project in Chandler, Arizona, on Sunday, December 20, running 2:20:32—making her the second-fastest American marathoner of all time. She took almost 90 seconds off her previous PR of 2:22:01, which she ran only 11 weeks ago at the London Marathon.

    For about the first 18 miles of the race Hall, 37, flirted with the pace of Deena Kastor’s American record— 2:19:36—which has stood since 2006. But Hall, who ran behind two male pacesetters, couldn’t quite maintain the pace through the later miles.

    Keira D’Amato, the Virginia realtor who earlier this year ran an American record for the women’s-only 10 mile, finished second in 2:22:56, taking nearly 12 minutes off her previous marathon best.

    Kellyn Taylor, 34, who went with Hall for the first half of the race, fell back in the second half and finished in 2:25:22.

    On the men’s side, Ma

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