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Dathan Ritzenhein

Dathan Ritzenhein

Event: Distance
Height: 5-8
Weight: 117
PR: two mile - 8:11.74 (2007); 3,000m – 7:39.03 (2007); 5,000m - 12:56.27 (2009), 10,000m - 27:22.28 (2009); Half-Marathon – 60:00 (2009); Marathon – 2:07:47 (2012)
Born: 12/30/1982
Current Residence: Portland, Oregon
Hometown: Rockford, Mich.
High School: Rockford (Mich.) H.S. '01
College: University of Colorado
Coach: Alberto Salazar
Agent: Dan Lilot
Sponsor: Nike
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USA Championships
2013 USA Outdoor runner-up 10,000m (28:49.66)
2008 Olympic Trials Men’s Marathon runner-up (2:11:06)
Three-time USA 12km Cross Country Champion – 2005 (36:59); 2008 (35:03) and 2010 (34:34)
Third at 2012 Olympic Trials 10,000m (27:36.09)
 
International Championships
2009 World Half Marathon bronze medalist (1:00:0)
2001 World Cross Country Junior bronze medalist
 
Collegiate Championships
2003 NCAA Cross Country champion (29:14.1)
2004 NCAA Outdoor 5,000m runner-up (13:52.13)
 
Awards and Honors
Four-time NCAA All-American
 
About Dathan
Dathan Ritzenhein's 2012 season was one of success and redemption. He finished in the dreaded fourth place position at the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon before redeeming himself by grabbing at spot in London in the 10,000m. His season concluded with a personal best time of 2:07:47 at the Chicago Marathon. Ritzenhein followed up that successful season with a runner-up finish in the 10,000m at the USA Outdoor Championships and a third place finish in the New York Half-Marathon in 2013. The former American record holder in the 5,000m, Ritzenhein was the top finishing American in the men’s marathon at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, finishing in ninth place in 2:11:59. Just prior to the 2004 Olympic Trials, Ritzenhein incurred his third career stress fracture in his foot. Despite the pain, Ritzenhein competed at the Trials and ended his 10,000m race in Sacramento in 22nd place, fully breaking his foot in the process. Having already secured the “A” qualifying standard for the Olympics, Ritzenhein earned his spot on the team when Meb Keflezighi decided to only compete in the marathon at Athens, and Bob Kennedy was unable to finish his Trials race due to a sore Achilles. Ritzenhein owned the American 10,000m collegiate record (27:38.50), four Big 12 Conference titles (2003 cross country, 2004 indoor 3,000-m, 5,000-m and outdoor 5,000m), four All-American titles (2001, 03 cross country, 2004 indoor and outdoor 5,000m), the 10,000-m school record (27:38.50) and the nation’s only undefeated cross country season in 2003 to capture his first and only NCAA crown. During 2003-2004, he won the Pre-National Invitational, Big 12 Cross Country Championship, NCAA Mountain Region Championship, and NCAA Championship just 10 weeks after resuming training following a femoral stress fracture to cap off the nation’s only undefeated season (792-0).  During the outdoor campaign, he finished sixth at the Stanford Invitational in an Olympic Trials “A” Standard, American Collegiate Record and 31-year CU School Record 27:38:50 in his first-ever 10,000m on the track. Decided to forego his collegiate eligibility to turn pro during the summer of 2004. Dathan married Kalin Toedebusch on June 30, 2006.
Results
2013: USA Outdoor runner-up 10,000m (28:49.66); 9th at Prefontaine 5,000m (13:09.53); 2nd at Oxy HP 5,000m (13:17.38); 3rd at New York Half Marathon (1:01:09)
2012: 13th at Olympic Games 10,000m final (27:45.89); Third at Olympic Trials 10,000m (27:36.09); 5th at London Grand Prix 5,000m (13:15.91); 1st at Portland Track Festival in the 5,000m (13:19.78); 1st at Stanford Invitational in the 10,000m (28:21.48); 15th in New York City Half Marathon (1:01:52); 4th at Olympic Trials (2:09:55); 3rd at Philadelphia Rock n' Roll Half Marathon (1:00:57); 9th in Chicago Marathon (2:07:47)
2010: USA Cross Country Champion (34:34); 8th at ING New York City Marathon (2:12:33).
2009: Runner-up at USA Outdoors (27:58.59); 6th at World Outdoor Champs (27:22.28PR, U.S. Leader); 3rd in Zurich (12:56.27).
2008: 9th at Olympic Games marathon (2:11:59); 8th at Olympic Trials in 10,000m (28:05.31); Olympic Trials Men’s Marathon runner-up (2:11:06); USA Cross Country champ (35:03).
2007: Runner-up at Olympic Trials - Men's Marathon (2:11:06PR); 3rd in 10,000m at USA Outdoor Championships (28:31.88); 9th at 10,000m at World Outdoors (28:28.59); 4th in 2-mile at Nike Prefontaine Classic (8:11.74PR); 4th in 3,000m at Sheffield (7:39.03PR).
2006: 3rd at USA Outdoors 5,000m (13:16.61); 2nd at Stanford 10,000m (27:35.65PR); 11th at New York City Marathon (2:14:01-Debut); 3rd at Great North Run Half-Marathon (61:26PR).
2005: USA 12 km XC champ (36:59); 62nd at World XC 38:46, suffered from severe blisters; 5th in 3000 at adidas Track Classic (7:43.95); won 2005 Reebok Cross Country Challenge in Belfast, Ireland (29:26); did not compete at USA Outdoor Champs; 1st at Eugene (13:22.23).
2004: 22nd in 10,000m at Olympic Trials (31:13.91- injured); did not finish 10,000m at Olympic Games due to a calcium deposit in his foot; NCAA Outdoor 5,000m runner-up (13:52.13); 6th at Stanford (27:38.50).
2003: 1st at NCAA XC (29:14.1); redshirt his sophomore track season due to a right femur stress fracture.
2002: 5th at U.S. XC; 24th at world XC; Big 12 5,000m champion; 4th in the 5k at the NCAA Outdoors (14:01.02).
2001: 1st in 2 mile at National Scholastics; 11th in 5,000m at USA Outdoors; 2nd at Big 12 XC; 4th at NCAA XC (29:11) - best finish by a freshman since Colorado's Adam Goucher's runner-up in 1994, third-best ever.
2000: 1st in 2 mile at National Scholastics; Foot Locker XC champion; 2nd at US XC Championships, earning him a trip to the IAAF World Championships where he finished third, becoming the first American junior to medal (bronze) in the race since ’81.
1999: Foot Locker XC champion.
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2013
Outdoor Bests - 5000m, 13:09.53 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 23 in the World, ranked No. 7 in the USA by T&FN); 10,000m, 27:37.90 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 24 in the World, ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN); Half-Marathon, 61:10 (No. 1 in the USA); Marathon, 2:09.45 (No. 1 in the USA, ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2012: Outdoor bests – 5,000m, 13:14.72 (No. 4 in the USA by T&FN, No. 47 in the world); 10,000m, 27:36.09 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 49 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN); half marathon, 1:00:57 (No. 1 in the USA); 20 km, 58:33 (No. 5 in the USA); marathon, 2:09:55 (No. 4 in the USA, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2010: Outdoor bests – half marathon, 1:02:35; marathon, 2:12:33 (No. 4 in the USA, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2009: Outdoor bests – 5,000m, 12:56.27 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 5 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN); 10,000m, 27:22.28 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 14 in the world); half marathon, 1:00:00 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 24 in the world); marathon, 2:10:00 (No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2008: Outdoor bests – 10,000m, 28:05.31 (No. 11 in the USA); half marathon, 1:01:38 (No. 1 in the USA); marathon, 2:11:59 (No. 2 in the USA)
2007: Outdoor bests – 3,000m 7:39.03 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 28 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN); 5,000m, 13:16.06 (No. 5 in the USA, ranked No. 6 in the USA by T&FN); 10,000m, 28:28.59 (No. 19 in the USA, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN); 10km, 28:08 (No. 2 in the USA); marathon, 2:11:07 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN)
2006: Outdoor bests – 5,000m, 13:16.61 (No. 4 in the USA, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN); 10,000m, 27:35.65 (No. 3 in the USA by T&FN, No. 21 in the world); half marathon, 1:01:25; marathon, 2:14:01 (No. 7 in the USA, ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2005: Outdoor bests – 3,000m, 7:43.95 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 49 in the world, ranked No. 5 in the USA by T&FN); 5,000m, 13:22.23 (No. 10 in the USA); 10km, 28:11 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 24 in the world)
2004: Indoor bests – 5,000m, 13:42.09 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 9 in the world); Outdoor bests – 3,000m, 7:50.39 (No. 1 in the USA); 10,000m, 27:38.50 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 25 in the world)
2002: Indoor bests – 5,000m, 13:50.51 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 5 in the world); Outdoor bests – 1,500m, 3:46.88; 5,000m, 13:27.77 (No. 6 in the USA)
2001: Outdoor bests – 5,000m, 13:44.70; 2 mile, 8:44.43
2000: Outdoor bests – 2 mile, 8:48.06; 1,600m, 4:05.9; 32,000m 8:41.10
1999: Outdoor bests – 2 mile, 8:58.65
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