Tim Ritchie Takes 9th at the 2014 US Half Marathon National Championship

19 JAN 2014
Tim Ritchie Takes 9th at the 2014 US Half Marathon National Championship
Tim Ritchie started 2014 just where he left off in 2013 – among the top ten distance runners in the US, only faster. Ritchie and teammate Eric Ashe competed at the 2014 US Half Marathon Championship hosted by the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Sunday, January 19, 2014 in Houston, TX. Ritchie crossed the finish line in 9th place overall, besting his personal best by 29 seconds notching a 1:02:00. Ashe also posted solid performance, placing 33rd overall and running 1:05:01. Meb Keflezighi won the title in 1:01:23.

The US Half Marathon Championship is the first race of the 2014 USA Running Circuit (USARC). The USARC is a USA Track & Field road series featuring USA championships from one mile through the marathon and consistently attracts the best American distance runners with more than $500,000 to be awarded in total prize money. The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with those earning the most points receiving prize money at the end of the series. The mission of the USARC is to showcase, support and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $7 million to U.S. distance runners.

In 2013, Ritchie finished in the top ten in all of the USARC events in which he competed, finishing fifth overall in the final standings.

For US Half Marathon Results Results visit the event website.

Read more about the USA Running Circuit at event website

Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross-Country Wrap-up:

Competing for Team USA, Sam Alexander placed 27th overall in the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross-Country on Saturday, January 11, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Alexander's performance was affected by a cold combined with travel; even with his sub-par performance, the US Team managed to take home the gold. For Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross-Country Results visit the event website.

B.A.A. Moment 2

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.