Saturday, January 29, 2011

USATF Half-Marathon Championship

One of the great things about being a runner in Houston is watching some of the USA's greatest men and women runners at the 2011 USATF Half-Marathon Championship. While both the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Half Marathon will be held tomorrow, the official USATF 2011 Half-Marathon Championship was held this morning, and was comprised of approximately 90 elite men and 50 elite women athletes.

For this event I was one of many spectators in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center, many of whom like myself will be lining-up for our own races tomorrow. Using my handy iPod Nano I recorded the following video of the race's start, mile 5 (which very conveniently crosses near the starting area), and the finish for both the men and the women.

Both when I saw Ryan Hall briefly during his 2007 record-shattering run and this morning it was a bit surreal reflecting upon his unbelievably smooth and relaxed running gait. While he continues to knock down some great splits, it's clear by comparison to his former finish times - and his inability to kick hard in answer Mo Trafeh's last-minute surge - that he and his Flagstaff support team have much work ahead. I truly hope that they're successful, as it would be great to see Ryan bring home a medal from London!

And finally, here's a better angle of the men's and women's finishers, and some good post-race interviews:


  1. Wow - that was with your Nano? Holy cow, what great video quality from that little thing.

    Also, Ryan Hall got second? He should have kept the beard!!

  2. Man, RH was close!

  3. NIce to find your blog. Was great to watch these vids this morning!

  4. Your site is such a great resource...inspiration, good reads, podcasts...thank you.