Marathon Olympic Trials

Ryan Hall, a 25-year-old former miler won earlier this morning in 2 hours 9 minutes and change, while Dathan Ritzenhein, the phenom from outside Grand Rapids, MI was second and Brian Sell, running with the Rochester, MI, Hansons Running club, was third.

In the late 90s I was huge into distance running when the U.S. was no good at all (except Bob Kennedy). I drove to Pittsburgh in 2000 to see the marathon trials where Rod DeHaven was the only runner to qualify and I almost did an undergrad thesis on the effectiveness of European-style clubs in developing Olympic sports competitors. It’s great to see so many great marathoners these days.

UPDATE: Former Michigander Ryan Shay died during the race today. Before there was Ritzenhein, Shay was one of a handful of dominant high school runners in Michigan. A real tragedy.