Dathan Ritzenhein is a three-time Olympian who is working hard to make his fourth Olympic team in 2016. Prior to becoming one of the best professional runners in the U.S. and in the world (with a marathon best of 2:07:47 and a half-marathon best of 60:00) he won both the Footlocker and NCAA titles.
He twice won the Footlocker Cross Country Championships in high school, beating Alan Webb and Ryan Hall his senior year. In 2003, he won the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship in a brutal dual with Ryan Hall.
I got to know Dathan and his wife Kalin during my time as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado. Dathan is one of the toughest, most focused athletes I’ve been around. It was a pleasure to reconnect with him in this interview.
Thank you for your time, Dathan, and I wish you the best in your quest to make a fourth Olympic team.