COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sara Hall and Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce, two of the biggest American stars in women's endurance running, will appear at a community breakfast in Columbus on Feb. 10 that will highlight the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon hosting the USATF Half Marathon Championships in 2016 & 2017.
Hall and Rothstein-Bruce will appear at the Greater Columbus Sports Commission's 5th Annual Women's Sports Report Presented By OhioHealth. More than 800 business and community leaders will attend.
The annual Women's Sports Report celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day and Columbus' growing stature as a top destination for women and girls sporting events.
Hall, 31, finished fourth at the 2015 USATF Half Marathon Championships in Houston in January and just announced she will make her marathon debut at the 2015 L.A. Marathon on March 15. Hall won a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games and was the U.S. National Cross Country Championships in 2012. She is married world-class runner Ryan Hall, the U.S. record holder in the half marathon (59:43).
Rothstein-Bruce, 30, took the first half of 2014 off to have her first child and continues to work herself back into form. She won the 2013 PF Chang's Half Marathon and the 2012 Big Sur Half Marathon. Rothstein-Bruce finished fourth at the 2013 USATF Half Marathon Championships and was runner-up at the 2010 U.S. 20K Championships, Her husband, Ben, is an elite marathoner who won five Rock 'N Roll marathons in 2014.
Hall and Rothstein-Bruce will appear in Columbus to promote the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon hosting the Men's and Women's USA Half Marathon Championship in 2016 and 2017. The 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships will be held Saturday, April 30 as part of the Capital City Half Marathon and will attract up to 200 of the nation's best long-distance runners.
“We are honored to host Sara and Stephanie and begin to shine the spotlight on our nation's top endurance athletes,” said David Babner, race director of the Capital City Half Marathon and the 2016-17 USATF Half Marathon Championships. “This Morning Sports Report will serve as the kick-off of our celebration and promotion of bringing the nation's best runners and the USATF Half Marathon Championships to Columbus.”