Ritzenhein prepares for 1st Boston Marathon

Dathan Ritzenhein trains for the Boston Marathon. (April 14, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein will run the Boston Marathon for the first time this year.

Ritzenhein, a Rockford native, is an NCAA champion and a U.S. record holder. He has been to the Olympics three times. The Boston Marathon seems to be the only thing his resume is missing.

West Michigan runners have performed quite well in Boston. Greg Meyer, also a Rockford native, won the race in the 1980s and Ritzenhein’s high school teammate Jason Hartmann has been the top American finisher.

Ritzenhein has been mining both for information as he makes out his strategy.

“I was able to sit down with Greg and he gave me his running logs from those years to look over and just to see the stuff that he did,” Ritzenhein said. “I know that there’s a precedent there and the success that we’ve had from West Michigan there, you know having Greg Meyer win it in 1983 and Jason, my good friend, getting fourth twice, I mean, I just want to add to that.”

The Boston Marathon is on Monday.

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