Pro athlete switches for simplicity

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A Queenstowner is stalling his career as a triathlete to pursue marathon running – and coaching.

Auckland-raised Jason Hall, who shifted here two years ago, announced himself as an up-and-coming triathlete when he won his 18-to-24-year age group at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship on Australia’s Sunshine Coast a year ago.

He then turned pro in November and competed in six half-ironman races in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, with mixed results.

Now the 25-year-old’s changed tack and decided to concentrate on marathon running, in particular, for the next year at least.

He finished third in the Dunedin Marathon two week-ends ago, in 2hr 42min 12sec.

It was just his second marathon. In the inaugural Queenstown International Marathon, in 2014, he finished fourth after only four weeks’ training.

Hall says he paid the price in Dunedin for running the first half too hard. His main goal now is to win this November’s Queenstown Marathon.

He’ll warm up by running next month’s Auckland Half Marathon.

Compared to triathlon training, he also enjoys the simplicity of running.

“Literally, you just put some shoes on and go out and run.”

Meanwhile, he’s also started a running coaching business called Run-Works.

Asked why, he says: “I really enjoy seeing improve-ment in athletes, and especially in young kids, and you can have more of a role than just being a coach.

“You can really mentor them through life stages.”