Tim Ritchie Adds to Summer Accolades with a Top Finish at Falmouth
continued his hot streak on a relatively cool, dry August day in Falmouth, MA. Toeing the line with 10,000+ runners at the Falmouth Road Race on Sunday, August 11, 2013, Ritchie averaged 4:42 pace over the 7-mile course posting a 33:23 to finish in ninth place overall.
Ritchie has had a stellar summer, leading off in June with the first of two USATF New England titles that he would claim, running 13:48 to take the 5k championship at the Hollis Fast 5k. He followed that up two weeks later with a fourth-place finish in the USATF Half Marathon Championship in Duluth, MN running 1:02:29. In July, he won the USATF New England Grand Prix title at the Carver Cranberry 5 Mile, crossing the line in 23:59.
Ritchie was coming off of a winter and spring spent training for the Boston Marathon, forgoing the indoor and outdoor track seasons. Having come off of the previous year with a sub-four minute mile on his running resume and a string of solid 10k track performances, preparing solely for one race was a something different. Going into Boston, Ritchie was "the most fit I have ever been" and he had high expectations. While his 2:21:31 was impressive for a debut marathon, it fell well short of what Ritchie had hoped to accomplish. "The tricky thing I have learned with the marathon is how it feels to put all of your eggs into one basket. It is a big risk to invest so much into one race instead of into a racing season...but the marathon was supposed to be a big learning experience and I had quite a bit to learn!"
Coming off of Boston, Ritchie states that "the summer racing plan was to incorporate a few races of varying significance into the training to work on a few different things as well as continue to gain race experience in prep for some bigger events this fall. The results so far have definitely exceeded my expectations." He is proud to have led the B.A.A. men's team to two USATF New England Team titles. On the national level, his fourth-place finish at the U.S. Half Marathon Championship where he went head to head with some of the sports biggest names, demonstrated that all of his preparation for Boston had not been for naught and that "the training and racing experience for that race will pay huge dividends in the end (and it already is)."
"The rest of the fall for me will include four races on the US Road Racing Circuit. I will race the 20k and 5k in September, the Marathon at Twin Cities in October and the 12k in November. All of these races are US Championships and further chances for me to represent Boston on the national stage as well as a way for me to test myself against the country's best distance runners. I have had success on the roads at these various US Road Racing Circuit events in the past and look forward to the new challenges they will present this fall."
In addition to his training and racing, the Boston College grad will continue to train and inspire the next generation of Eagles as an assistant coach for the cross country and track programs. He is looking forward to welcoming the team back to campus and finds that coaching and competing are mutually beneficial, stating that the athletes are "are the best motivators and my biggest fans".
With such dedication, enthusiasm and support, backed-up by his outstanding performances this summer, Ritchie is primed for an exciting fall. Expect to see the familiar B.A.A. unicorn amongst the other world class runners this racing season.
Unofficial results are currently available on the Falmouth Road Race website.