Ryan Hall: Courtesy Dallas Marathon

Ryan Hall: Courtesy Dallas Marathon

One of America’s most famous distance runners will be working with the Dallas Marathon (formerly the White Rock Marathon) which will take place Dec. 14 at 8 a.m. The event features some 12,000 runners; it starts downtown, goes through parts of Oak Cliff, Park Cities, Lake Highlands, around White Rock Lake, through Lakewood and back downtown. It lasts most of the day Sunday.

“Two-time U.S. Olympic marathoner and American half marathon record holder Ryan Hall signed a multiyear partnership agreement with the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon,” note marathon organizers via press release. Look for Hall in promotional campaigns leading up to the race and at the marathon-weekend events, which include a race exposition Friday-Saturday, a 5k race on Saturday and the half and full marathons on Sunday.

Hall, 31, holds the American record in the marathon and ran the 2008 and 2012 Olympic marathons (he actually dropped out of the latter, injured, but he was there).

Hall is married to Sara Hall, also a professional distance runner, and together they operate the nonprofit Hall Steps Foundation, which funds mentoring and running programs for at-risk youth.

“I’m excited to partner with Dallas Marathon race organizers to bring a new twist to the race-day experience this December,” Hall says. “I love the energy and excitement of a major city marathon and look forward to helping deliver a memorable experience to all runners and spectators participating in the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.”

“Ryan Hall is one of the premier figures in American distance running,” Dallas Marathon president Patrick Byerly says. “We’re excited to have such a notable runner join us as an elite ambassador on race weekend.”

To learn more about the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, visit dallasmarathon.com.