Sunday, October 11, 2009
Dathan Ritzenhein Third at World Half-Marathon Championships
No kidding, but I finished my run today and looked at my watch and it said 59:59:01. Well I ran less than a second less than Dathan Ritzenhein did today, but his run was a whole lot more impressive than mine. Dathan took second place in the World Half-Marathon World Championships in Birmingham, England. What a great year for this American runner! He finished in sixth place at the World Championship 10,000m race and later set an American record in the 5000m. Today's race earned him a bronze medal against some of the best runners in the world. Too bad his time did not put him under 60 minutes as he was credited with a 60:00 time. It sort of matches his marathon PR of 2:10:00. If you haven't watched the race you can view it here. At the very least watch the last 20 minutes of the race to see all the surges and changing of places occuring between the 2nd through 5th place finishers. Great racing!