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U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Mitch Hall
Navy SEAL to Prove Mettle at Ironman
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua D. Jarvis
Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 19, 2006 — A Navy SEAL assigned to Naval Special Warfare Command Coronado, Calif., is the most prolific triathlon competitor from the SEAL community and plans to compete in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii Oct. 21.

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Handling (SEAL) Mitch Hall, a third-phase SEAL instructor at the Naval Special Warfare Command in San Diego, took first place in 12 triathlons during the past two years and has ran, biked or swam an estimated 330 miles in competitions in 2006.

“I have always wanted to be the best and contribute the best,” said Hall, “And I have always wanted to do something for our country. Triathlons are another outlet for me to challenge myself and get the word out about the SEAL community.”
More than 1,800 athletes from around the world will race in this years’ Ironman Triathlon, one of the toughest fitness trials on earth.

“I’m getting a late start because I was operational for 13 years before I really gave this a chance,” said Hall, 34. “It should be fun to see how far I can go.”

Hall completed the race last year in 9 hours 39 minutes and 40 seconds placing 207th overall. His goal for this year is to place in the top 100.

The first winner of the Ironman Triathlon in 1978, Gordon Haller, who completed the race in 11 hours 46 minutes and 58 seconds.

Last Updated:
10/19/2006, Eastern Daylight Time
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