Ryan Hall in Slow Motion from the 2010 Boston Marathon

Two of my students went down to Boston on Monday and filmed a good chunk of the marathon for me in slow motion. Here’s a video to whet your appetite – Ryan Hall is most definitely a midfoot striker, and what a thing of beauty that stride is! This video was shot at 300 frames/second with a Casio Exilim EX-F1 digital camera (true slow motion).

Ryan Hall – Boston Marathon 2010 from Pete Larson on Vimeo.
Video clip of Ryan Hall running near mile 17 in the 2010 Boston Marathon. Courtesy of http://www.runblogger.com.

And here’s the same video slowed down even more:

Ryan Hall Super Slow Motion – 2010 Boston Marathon from Runblogger on Vimeo.

Video clip of Ryan Hall running near mile 17 in the 2010 Boston Marathon. This video was shot at 300 frames/second with a Casio Exilim EX-F1 digital camera, and then processed to play at a rate of 5 frames/second in Virtualdub. Courtesy of http://www.runblogger.com.

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About Peter Larson

This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.


  1. I’m surprised that he lands well in front on his hips. It’s not as far as a heel striker, but it’s noticeable.

  2. This is such awesome video! I’d love to see footage of myself like that; it seems so instructive. I found you via runbulldogrun.com; he (and you) make it seem like you shot it. Will you be there next year? (I’ll be running it then; I had to miss it this year, the first I had qualified, because my first child was born two days earlier.)

    • Pete Larson says:


      Two of my students went down to Boston and shot the video for me. I’m
      a college prof, and they’ve been doing footstrike research with me
      this year, and they offered to go since I had to teach.

      I hope to be running Boston myself next year, but I’ve got some work
      cut out for me to BQ – I’m close, but not quite where I need to be
      (3:15:59). You can get cameras that will do this level of slow motion
      pretty cheap – I’ll try to write a post up with details.


      Sent from my iPod

  3. stevemagness says:

    It’s because of the slight lean at the waist. Looks great though, especially for a marathon. Excelent mechanics.

    Thanks for posting this Pete, awesome video. I think more high speed video of elites needs to be taken like this!

  4. That is SO frigging awesome!!!

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