Marathoner reevaluates his final preparations for New York City Marathon.
Written by: Mario Fraioli
There was a lot of hype surrounding his return to the state where he competed collegiately at the University of Colorado, but Dathan Ritzenhein and his coach Alberto Salazar decided on Wednesday it wasn’t in his best interest to race this Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon.
“After a disappointing effort at the Great North Run, my coach Alberto Salazar felt I needed one more hard race effort before the ING New York City Marathon,” Ritzenhein said. “But since coming to Albuquerque for some altitude training, we have had some excellent workouts, and this has forced us to re-evaluate our final preparation for New York. As much as I would love to run in Denver, we regrettably have to take the prudent approach of skipping this weekend’s race. It’s with a heavy heart that I have to make the decision not to run in Denver, but as my focus for the year has always been to be at my best for New York, this will give me the best chance of achieving my goals.”
Ritzenhein, who ran 1:02:35 to finish fourth at the Great North Run half marathon on September 19, has been training in Albuquerque, New Mexico as part of his final preparations for the November 7 race in New York City. He is part of a star-studded field which includes defending champion and fellow U.S. Olympian Meb Keflezighi, as well as world-record holder Haile Gebreselassie. Two-time NYC Marathon champion Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil, along with Kenyan James Kwambai, the third-fastest marathoner of all-time, are also in the field.