Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune reported earlier on Wednesday that Ryan Hall has committed to running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9. Read Hersh’s entire piece here.
Hall planned to make his first appearance in the Chicago Marathon last fall but withdrew due to lack of fitness. Since then, Hall entered rarefied territory in the marathon, running 2:04:58 for fourth place in Boston. The mark is the fastest ever run by an American but does not qualify for the record books due to of Boston’s net-downhill course.
Chicago comes just 14 weeks before the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on January 14 in Houston. There is an inherent risk in running two marathons in the span of three months but elite marathoner and Olympic Trials qualifier Tyler McCandless feels otherwise. “It would be more dangerous to have a 20-plus week buildup – risking injury, staleness, peaking too early, etc.,” McCandless said. “This will force him to take a little rest in mid-October before building up again.”
Many – myself included – doubted Hall’s move to leave his training group in Mammoth for a solo coaching journey before Boston. Perhaps this time we should trust his judgment and marathon expertise.