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August 21, 2008

Chariots of Faith

Ryan_hall As with Chariots of Fire's Eric Liddell, running is a spiritual journey for America's Olympic marathon hopeful, 25-year-old Ryan Hall.

This week's issue of The New Yorker featured California native Hall, his physical stamina and his spiritual drive. When Hall was just 14, he decided to run the 15-mile loop around a nearby lake.

"I think it came from God. I was on my way to a basketball game--it was just this crazy idea that comes into your head, and the desire to act on it. The next weekend, my dad and I ran around the lake, fifteen miles. After that, I decided to start training."

He drew "4:05" in the cement outside the house. The following spring, he ran it. Since then, he's been ahead of the curve, last year sprinting his way to the top of the Olympic trials in New York City.

Still, his Christian faith keeps him grounded, and keeps him sensitive to his tendency to over-compete.

"I just have a hard time seeing Christ being competitive," he said "I think it's my immaturity that prevents me from working out with other people. I just don't like how it feels in my heart, to be honest. I hate how I feel inside."

It's refreshing to see such an excellent, Christ-centered athlete with so much honesty.

Go Ryan!

(The Olympic Marathon will occur on Sunday morning.)

(Image © Theage.com.au)

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