American half-marathon record holder Ryan Hall continues to spice up retirement with his latest adventure in the French Alps. The speedy long-distance runner who announced his retirement from competitive running on Jan. 15 was spotted mountain climbing in Chamonix, France on Sunday.
During his retirement, he has also gotten into weightlifting and routinely posts photos of him setting new personal bests when it comes to max lifts. He’s currently in the Alps to run the Asics Beat the Sun event, a trail race where eight relay teams run around Mont Blanc, the second highest peak in Europe, from sunrise to sunset.
He maintains that he’s retired still but sometimes races on smaller stages.
“I don’t think ‘summer’ is in Mt. Blanc’s vocabulary! First time using an ice axe, crampons and a tether for training,” Hall wrote on Facebook. We hope that his recent weight training benefitted him during his mountain climbing excursion ahead of the June 21 race.
— Ryan Hall (@ryanhall3) June 19, 2016
The 33-year-old who retired because of low testosterone levels represented the United States at the Olympics and is the national record holder in the half-marathon (59:43) and is the fastest ever American in the marathon (2:04:58).
Hall’s wife, Sara, is also an elite runner and won the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2011 Pan Am Games.
Canadian Running is at the event and will be posting updates as the event unfolds. Team Americas will feature two Canadians including David Le Porho and Bill Steinburg. Amateur runners are paired with elites to form teams from around the world.
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