PHOENIX — Two of the biggest names in U.S. distance running will take to the roads in the “Valley of the Sun” for the seventh P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon. Olympians Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall will make their 2010 racing debuts in the half-marathon where they each hold the U.S. record for the 13.1-mile distance.
This dynamic duo will lead a top international field, featuring seven past champions from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and more than 32,000 runners participating in the largest same day marathon and half-marathon in the United States.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to compete in the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona half-marathon for my first time,” said Hall, who set the U.S. record in 2007 when he won the USA Half-Marathon Championship at Houston in 59 minutes, 43 seconds, becoming the first and only American to ever break the one-hour barrier on a record standard course, while bettering the previous U.S. record that had stood for 21 years.
“I have always wanted to run the event ever since Haile broke the world record for the half-marathon there,” he added, referring to the 2006 stellar performance of distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, who set a then-world 1/2-marathon record (58:55) on the back half of the marathon course.
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