Dathan Ritzenhein has had a storybook career on the track and on race courses around the world. The 2001 Rockford graduate started showing his potential in the late 90s with nationally ranked performances that merited mention with some of the best distance runners the United States has ever produced. He added a new personal best to his long list of accomplishments by finishing ninth in this year’s Chicago Marathon (run on Sunday, October 7th) with a time of 2 hours seven minutes and 47 seconds.
That time was also more than two minutes faster then he ran at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Houston in January. Ritzenhein went on to qualify in the 10,000 meter run and compete for the United States in his third Olympics in London earlier this year.
“Thanks so much for all the messages! What a great day,” he posted on Twitter today, hours after finishing the race. “A huge step forward and so thankful to everyone out there for your support!”
Ritzenhein is scheduled for induction into both the Rockford Athletic Hall of Fame and the Rockford Public School Hall of Fame. But both of those inductions have been temporarily postponed due to his chaotic training schedule.