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 7

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.