Athlete Testimonies:

Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall is on his way to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. Though young, Hall has established himself as a skilled distance runner, now considered the best marathoner in the United States.

How did it all start? For Hall, all it took was a relaxing jog with his father around Big Bear Lake in California at age 14. He states, "God gave me a vision for my life that day."

Hall knows he is "ordained to run", but that hasn't stopped him from experiencing both rejoicing and mourning in his short career. He has gone from injuries at Stanford to a marriage to long-time sweetheart Sara Bei; from feeling "ready to give it all up" to realizing that running is a total lifestyle that suits him well. Hall shared intimate moments with God while running in the Men's Marathon Team Trials in November of 2007, only to learn minutes after crossing the finish line that close friend, Ryan Shay, had died during that same race.

Through it all, Hall has become more and more humbled and appreciative of the calling God has placed on his life. He says, "It is my job to worship Him every day as I run."

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