WCL: U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall on Running the Chicago Marathon

Olympic Long Distance runner, Ryan Hall on running the Chicago Marathon and gearing up for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Hall announced Thursday that he will be running the Chicago Marathon for the very first time in his running career. The Chicago course is one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world. Ryan will challenge the Chicago course record and all-time American record. Ryan won the marathon at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials and placed tenth in the Olympic marathon in Beijing. He holds the U.S. record in the half marathon (59:43) and the first U.S. runner to break the one hour barrier in the event.

About the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

In its 34th year and a member of the World Marathon Majors, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon annually attracts 45,000 participants, including a world-class elite runner and wheelchair field, and an estimated 1.7 million spectators. As a result of its national and international draw, each year, the iconic race assists in raising millions for a variety of charitable causes while generating $150 million in economic impact to its host city according to a report by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (R.E.A.L.). The 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will start and finish in Chicago's Grant Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. on October 9. In advance of the race, a two-day Health & Fitness Expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center on October 7-8.