Sara Hall has had an amazing 2020, which she capped off on Sunday at The Marathon Project with a marathon personal best of 2:20:32. Hall ran the second-fastest time in American history, only 10 weeks after posting a PB of 2:22:01 at the London Marathon. She was clear in her intention to run a new American marathon record and was within one minute of doing so, but fell just short. Deena Kastor’s 2:19:36 (from the 2006 London Marathon) lives to see another day.
Even though Hall fell short of her primary goal, her race was stunning. She went out at 2:19 pace and only deviated by a few seconds per mile over the course of the 42.2K. Hall can add this marathon to her increasingly impressive resume, which includes a 1:08:58 half-marathon and a world-major podium finish.
Hall wasn’t the only American who had a stellar day on Sunday. Second-place finisher Keira D’Amato, 35, ran a 12 minute personal best, finishing in 2:22:56. D’Amato (alongside Hall) has had one of the most impressive 2020’s of any runner. The real estate agent and mom of two ran a 15:04 5K this year, a 1:08 half-marathon, and also set an American 10-mile record. D’Amato had an extremely successful NCAA career, but took time away from the sport to begin her career and start a family. Now she’s back, and a force to be reckoned with. On Sunday she proved she’s a real contender in the American distance running scene and beyond.
In Canadian results, Natasha Wodak had a great day, running the second-fastest time ever by a Canadian and putting her in a strong position to be selected for the Canadian Olympic marathon team. Wodak finished fifth, in 2:26:19.
Full results can be found here.