Ritzenhein in London to compete in third Olympics

Dathan Ritzenhein (right) qualifies in the 10,000-meter event for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Following Ritzenhein is Matt Tegenkamp, who, along with Galen Rupp, also qualified for the U.S. team.	Photo courtesy of DETROIT FREE PRESS

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL  Dathan Ritzenhein, a 2001 Rockford High School graduate, qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in the 10,000 meters by finishing third in the U.S. Olympic Track & Field trials on June 23 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. He needed to finish third and also reach the American A standard […]

‘Run for the Prize’ to benefit North Kent Service Center

MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND LACE UP YOUR RUNNING SHOES—The Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church Run for the Prize walk/run 5K is this Saturday.

American record-breaking champion Dathan Ritzenhein isn’t the only person from Rockford who loves to run. The eighth annual Run for the Prize, hosted by Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, last year raised an amazing $3,500 to donate to the North Kent Service Center. With requests for help at an all-time high at the service center, […]

Ritzenhein takes sixth in World 10,000-meter race

ROCKFORD STAR—Dathan Ritzenhein in the 2004 Olympic Trials. The Rockford native just placed sixth in the world in a World Championships race and looks forward to his next shot at the Olympics. It will be his third time as an Olympic athlete.

by BETH ALTENA Former Rockford runner and two-time Olympic athlete Dathan Ritzenhein placed sixth in the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, in the 10,000-meter race on Monday, August 17. It is an amazing accomplishment: the fourth-fastest time ever run by an American in the event, the second-fastest ever by a native-born American. Ritzenhein said […]