Sara is a professional American middle distance runner. She won the 3000 meter steeplechase in 10:03 at the 2011 Pan American Games representing the United States.
She has won several notable mile road races including the US National Road Mile Championships. She is a two time world team member for the United States at the world indoor track and field championships. Her best finish came in 2006 where she finished 12th in the finals of the 3000 meters at the 11th IAAF World Indoor championships. She was also a member of the 2006 and 2015 United States world cross country championship team. She won the 2012 American title at the USA Cross Country Championships
Sara was a three-time NCAA track and field runner up in the 5000 meters and indoor 3000 meters, and a 7-time All-American, competing for Stanford University. In 2003, she finished 3rd at the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship, leading Stanford to a team title. As a college athlete she competed in the finals of the United States Olympic trials in the 5000 meters.
On March 15, 2015, she made her marathon debut at the Los Angeles Marathon and battled through cramps, finishing 22nd with a time of 2:48:02 (6:25 minutes/mile). On March 28, 2015, Sara led the USA Team with a 20th place 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Senior women's race after placing 5th at 2015 Boulder USA Cross Country Championships. Sara finished 10th at 2015 Chicago marathon in 2:31:14, running an Olympic Standard time.
She improved her marathon best with 2:30:06 on April 24, 2016, finishing 12th at the 2016 London Marathon.
On February 26, 2017, Sara again improved her marathon best with a 2:28:26 sixth place performance at the 2017 Tokyo Marathon.
Sara has been married to U.S. Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall since 2005. The two met at Stanford, where they both competed collegiately. In 2009, they formed the Hall Steps Foundation to empower the running community to use the energy and resources that fuel runners’ athletic achievements for social justice efforts. Both are committed Christians.
For more information on Sara, visit www.ryanandsarahall.com.