Two Elite Runners Just Made Their Family Much Bigger

Find out what big decision elite runners Ryan and Sara Hall just announced.


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Thursday was a big day for Sara Hall. The 32-year-old was named as part of the elite field for this fall’s Chicago Marathon, and later announced that she and husband Ryan have adopted four Ethiopian sisters as their own.

“We are so excited to introduce you to these four sisters, now officially our daughters, adopted from Ethiopia! Hana, Mia, Jasmine & Lily Hall,” Hall posted to her Facebook page.

The Halls, who have spent a considerable amount of time in east Africa—including training stints each of the last two springs in Ethiopia—founded the Hall STEPS Foundation in 2009, a non-profit movement to fight global poverty through better health. In six years, they’ve redone a maternity clinic in Senegal, funded a clean water project in Mozambique and helped build a hospital in Kenya.

“Ethiopians are such a humble people in general,” Ryan Hall told last year. “I think I really took that away from them. You could be a world-class runner and you would never even know it by the way they act. They are very humble and very down to earth. Everyone just works really hard.”

Nomadic in nature, the Halls, who are devout Christians, have homes in Redding, Calif., and Flagstaff, Ariz. They have no other children.

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