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Ryan Hall Teams Up with World Vision Team + Move a Million Miles

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06/26/2008 - 14:05

ryanhallworldvision.jpg June 26, 2008 from press release (BIG BEAR LAKE, CA) - As the 2008 Summer Olympics approach, Ryan Hall, a member of the U.S. Olympic team, is setting his sights not only on winning a gold medal for the men's marathon in Beijing but on helping children and families in need in Africa. Ryan and his wife, Sara, (a prospective member of the U.S. Olympic team as well) are teaming up with Team World Vision and thousands of runners across the country to raise $1.5 million by October. The money will go toward urgently needed clean water projects in Zambia, in Southern Africa.

After the Summer Olympics, Ryan and Sara will travel to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October. Each of these Team World Vision runners will ask their family and friends to sponsor their marathon runs by making a donation to World Vision's water projects in Africa. Last year, 500 runners at the Chicago Marathon raised $500,000. This year, Team World Vision hopes to mobilize over 1,000 runners and raise $1.5 million.

Immediately after the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Ryan and Sara are planning a trip to Zambia with World Vision to see the difference clean water makes for children. The Chicago Marathon and the Zambia trip are just the beginning of Hall's involvement with Team World Vision. Ryan plans to dedicate each of his races to raising funds and awareness through Team World Vision for children and families in need in Africa. His goal is to raise $2.5 million.

Each day, 29,000 children die of hunger and preventable water-borne diseases For thousands of children, access to clean water means the difference between life and death. 265 children will die due to water-borne preventable disease during the time it takes Ryan Hall to run a marathon. The high rate of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa compounds the problem. There, nearly 12.5 million children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Some regions in Zambia have the highest prevalence rates of HIV/AIDS in the world. Team World Vision started in 2003 with individuals participating in races on their own to raise funds for World Vision. In 2006, Team World Vision was launched as a pilot program in Chicago with 100 team members running the Chicago Marathon. To date, more than 1500 athletes have raised nearly $1.5 million for World Vision projects around the world. For more information visit www.teamworldvision.org.

In 2006, Hall won his first national title in the 12-k cross-country championships, winning by 27 seconds. That year, he also broke a U.S.
20-kilometer record by 48 seconds. In 2007, his 2:08:24 was the fastest marathon debut by any American. In November, Hall won the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon in a record 2:09:02 in New York qualifying to run the marathon at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

World Vision is World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision serves the world's poor regardless of a person's religion, race, ethnicity,
or gender. For more information, visit www.worldvision.org

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MOVE A MILLION MILES
Ryan Hall is the fastest native born US marathoner ever. He has qualified #1 on our 2008 Olympic Marathon Team. Ryan Hall's home town of Big Bear Lake, CA has created the non-profit "Move a Million Miles for Ryan Hall" campaign to support Ryan's quest for 2008 Olympic Marathon gold. We want to 'log' a Million Miles of running, biking, walking, etc. before Ryan runs his marathon in Beijing on August 24th. Over 1,000 kids and 1,200 adults are moving and have already logged 473,513 miles for Ryan. Through shared pride and support for Ryan, this spirit initiative encourages an engaged and active lifestyle, as well as demonstrates the benefits of integrity, commitment and involvement to our youth. Not only is this the first time anyone has ever pledged this kind of support for an athlete, but it also is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most to personally participate in the Olympic Dream. Ryan has said this campaign / support will help give him a unique advantage in Beijing. For more information visit www.moveamillionmilesforryanhall.com

Move A Million Miles to support Ryan Hall in his quest for Olympic Marathon Gold in Beijing