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U.S. marathon record holder announced as Rory Linkletter’s new coach

Rory Linkletter and Scott Fauble announce their next steps after leaving NAZ Elite earlier this week

Rory Linkletter

It has been a busy few weeks for Canada’s Rory Linkletter, who ran a marathon personal best at the California International Marathon (2:12:52) and then announced that he was leaving the NAZ Elite track club. Linkletter has now announced that American marathon record holder Ryan Hall is his new coach.

In an interview with The Lap Count, Linkletter gave some insight on what’s next for Canada’s up-and-coming marathoner.

“I have fallen in love with Flagstaff, my wife and I bought a home earlier this year, so ideally I will stay here for the remainder of my career,” says Linkletter. “As for coaching, I’ve decided to work with Ryan Hall.”

Rory Linkletter at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.

This announcement comes days after his departure from HOKA and Ben Rosario’s NAZ Elite. Linkletter is now unsponsored, but believes that Hall’s philosophy will suit his talents and career goals. “I trust that if I perform how I know I can, that won’t last forever,” says Linkletter.

Ryan and Sara Hall. Photo: Instagram/sarahall3

Hall currently coaches his wife Sara Hall, the second-fastest U.S. marathoner, clocking 2:20:32 at The Marathon Project in Chandler, Ariz. Ryan holds the fastest time ever by an American and is the only North-American man to run under 2:05 (Boston 2011). Although Ryan has retired from professional running, he remains as a coach for post-collegiate athletes and marathoners in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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Linkletter’s previous NAZ Elite teammate, Scott Fauble, who has also left NAZ Elite, says that he, too, will stay in Flagstaff. The top American at the 2019 Boston Marathon will be coached virtually by Joe Bosshard, who resides in Colorado and currently coaches Emma Coburn, Emma Bates and Cory McGee.