Entrepreneur And Olympic Long-Distance Runner To Speak At Nachtigall Lecture Series

Ryan Hall

Tabor College announces Ryan Hall as this year’s speaker for the Nachtigall Lecture Series, to be held on campus March 8.

Hall, a devoted Christian, and his wife, Sara, formed the Hall Steps Foundation to empower the running community to use their athletic abilities, achievements and resources for social justice efforts. Their goal is to build a community that provides each member an opportunity to take steps toward relieving suffering and helping the poor rise out of poverty.

Hall, born in Kirkland, Washington, is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

He has accomplished a multitude of long-distance-running milestones. Among the many distinctions, he holds the U.S. record in the half marathon, becoming the first American runner to break the one-hour barrier in the event.

Hall won the marathon at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and placed 10th in Beijing. He was featured on the cover of the September 2008 Runner’s World magazine and shares his “run for glory” in the Olympics.

In January 2016, Hall announced his retirement from racing, citing the toll running has had on his body. His work now focuses on advancing the work of the Foundation.

“Hall brings a great blend of experience to the Nachtigall program,” said Frank Johnson, executive vice president of academics and compliance. “The campus and community will benefit from his journey and witness.”