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Dear God

Top U.S. marathon runner Ryan Hall was the favorite going into Saturday's Olympic Trials. Hall made the team, but as the second-place finisher, behind 2004 Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, who 69 days after running a personal best time in the New York Marathon, ran another personal best in Houston to win the Olympic Trials.

According to the New York Times, "Sometimes, God wakes (Hall) in the middle of the night and gives him training guidance 'that blows me away.'"

The Times report continues: “I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I know how to talk to God, and I know he wants to give me insight and be involved in the process and he loves it when we’re dependent on him.”

The New Yorker's Peter Hessler wrote a good profile of Hall before the 2008 Olympic Games that included this interesting admission by Hall: “I just have a hard time seeing Christ being competitive.”

That's probably something Hall should clear up in his post-race debriefing with God.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

“I just have a hard time seeing Christ being competitive.”

— U.S. Olympic marathon runner Ryan Hall

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