Injured Ritzenhein Pulls Out Of Scottish XC Race

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 4, 2011
  • Updated Jan. 4, 2011 at 7:11 AM UTC
Ritzenhein's injury hurts the U.S. squad's chances for a medal in Scotland. Photo:

Ritzenhein's injury hurts the U.S. squad's chances for a medal in Scotland. Photo:

The U.S. team in Scotland loses one of it’s best runners.

According to an article on the Web site, former University of Colorado standout Dathan Ritzenhein will not be running in the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race this weekend due to an injury he sustained over the holiday break. Rtizenhein, an Olympian, was training at Central Michigan University last week when he strained tendons in his left ankle. He commented that this new injury is not related to previous problems he’s had.

“It was just a little bit of a freak injury,” he said. “It was my first time on a 200-meter track in a while and I was doing a speed workout and it was a pretty sharp turn around the corner. It didn’t happen in just one moment; it was over the course of the seven miles of intervals, and it was probably just a little too much.”

Ritzenhein had been looking forward to competing on the U.S. men’s team as part of the International Team Challenge, a new event, in the Scottish cross-country race.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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