DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon today announced that Sara Hall, the 2012 U.S. Cross Country Champion and three-time Olympic Trials finalist, is running the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon on Sunday, December 8. In her half marathon debut earlier this fall, Hall set a personal best and broke the course record en route to a win at the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon.
"This increasingly popular race continues to elevate itself to be among the nation's best running events," said Hall. "I'm so excited to run the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon."
Hall is a native of Santa Rosa, Ca., and competed collegiately at Stanford, where she was a seven-time All-American. She is a three-time Olympic Trials finalist, a Pan American Games Gold Medalist and the 2012 U.S. National Cross Country Champion.
Hall and her husband, Ryan, an elite American marathoner and U.S. Olympian, established the nonprofit Hall Steps Foundation, which funds mentoring and running programs for at-risk youth. Ryan will cheer Sara on from the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon finish line.
"We're extremely excited to have Sara Hall running the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon," said Patrick Byerly, president of the Dallas Marathon. "Not only is Sara an accomplished runner that will challenge the top of our half marathon field, but she is also an incredible person. Her dedication to giving back to the community aligns perfectly with our race's mission."
Sara's personal best in the half marathon is 1:14:33, which she hopes to beat in Dallas. The women's course record for the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon is 1:11:32, set by Olara Nuta in 2008.
The 44th running of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and 5-Person Relays is Sunday, December 8. The race is broadcast live on WFAA-TV, Channel 8, at 8 a.m.
For more information about the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, visit dallasmarathon.com.
About the Dallas Marathon
The Dallas Marathon is a nonprofit organization that conducts year-round running related events, including Dallas' largest and Texas' oldest running marathon, the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon. Now in its 44th running, the Marathon attracts over 25,000 participants and 300,000 spectators to Dallas' largest single-day sporting event. Since naming a primary beneficiary in 1997, the Marathon has donated over $3.3 million to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
SOURCE Dallas Marathon