The Sixth Man: Ritchie Takes 6th Place in the Inaugural U.S. National Road Racing Championship

17 NOV 2013
The Sixth Man: Ritchie Takes 6th Place in the Inaugural U.S. National Road Racing Championship
Tim Ritchie capped-off a successful road campaign at the inaugural U.S. National Road Racing Championship in Alexandria, VA on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Ritchie covered the 12k distance in 34:46, just 18 seconds behind the winner. Ritchie's time is a mere 20 seconds off of the American record of 34:26 set by Steve Spence in 1989.

The championship race was part of the U.S.A. Road Circuit, which features USA championships from one mile through the marathon. The mission of the USARC is to showcase, support and promote U.S. runners. The top ten finishers at each race on the circuit qualified to compete in the US National Road Racing Championships. Ritchie placed in the top ten at the 5k, 15k, half-marathon and 20k championships and was in 6th place in the overall standings going into the final race. His 6th place performance at the championship bumped him up to 5th place overall in the final standings and solidified his place among America's top distance runners.

USARC Men’s Top 10 – Final Standings:
1. Shadrack Biwott
2. Matt Tegenkamp
3. Aaron Braun
4. Josphat Boit
6. Tim Ritchie
7. Christo Landry
8. Mo Trafeh
9. Nick Arciniaga
10. Abdi Abdirahman

For U.S. National Road Race Results visit the event website.

Read more about the USA Running Circuit at event website
B.A.A. Moment 6

1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules. Pictured (left to right) above are seven of the eight women who participanted in the first official women's field of the Boston Marathon - Nina Kusciak, Katherine Switzer, Elaine Pederson, Ginny Collins, Pat Barrett, Frances Morrison, Sara Mae Berman (not pictured - Valerie Rogosheske).