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Ritz Running London Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 10, 2011

One of America’s fastest marathoners has performed very well there before.

According to an article posted on Letsrun.com last Sunday, American Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein will be running the Virgin London Marathon this April. The source of the announcement is Alberto Salazar, Ritzenhein’s coach, who talked to Letsrun while at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross-Country race.

London should be Ritzenhein’s last race before the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston. His current marathon PR, 2:10:00, was set in London in 2009.

Lately Ritzenhein has experienced some setbacks. He finished eighth at the 2010 ING New York City Marathon and had been expected to run on the U.S. team at this weekend’s Edinburgh race, but pulled out due to an injury.

Salazar noted that the reason for Ritz’s lackluster performance in New York was his relatively low mileage base.

“He missed a lot of weeks of running … Three months of training, you’re not going to get a big base. That’s the key for us now - to keep him healthy so he gets that big base and doesn’t have four weeks at 50,” he said.

According to Salazar, Ritz’s upcoming focus will be on the marathon–as opposed to the shorter-distance races.  However, Salazar didn’t rule them out in the future. “I believe and Dathan believes that he wants to be competitive in these other events,” he said.

For More: Letsrun.com

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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