Tim Ritchie has been named the athlete of the month for October by the USATF-NE.
Tim crossing the line at the CVS Downtown 5k in Providence back in September. Courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise after the way he ran at the Twin Cities Marathon. Per the USATF-NE website:
Tim Ritchie of the Boston Athletic Association and Brighton MA is the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for October 2013. On October 6 at the USA Marathon Championships held at the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis, Tim finished 6th in 2:14:50. This is the fastest marathon by a New Englander in more than 20 years. Ritchie, a 2009 graduate of Boston College and currently an assistant track and cross country at his alma mater, improved his previous personal best at the distance by almost 7 minutes. He was also USATF-NE athlete of the month in November 2011.
Sean Duncan of Western Mass Distance Project and Gardner, MA is the USATF - New England’s Athlete of the Month for September 2013. The distance runner had a full month of quality performances, highlighted by a win in the New England 10K Road Championship at the Lone Gull 10K on September 15 with one of the association’s fastest times for the distance this year, 30:50. The previous week, he’d won the WMDP Cross Country Festival 8K, the second race on the 2013 USATF NE Cros Country GP, by 29 seconds. He closed out the month with a eighth place finish at the Nahant 30K, the NE title race, which clinched his victory in the 2013 Road Race Grand Prix.
Congrats to Sean on racking up yet another accolade. The release does a good job in listing what he’s accomplished, but one little nugget is left out. In placing 8th at Nahant, Sean not only clinched the Grand Prix but he also showed off just how tough he is. Leading up to the race, Sean was pretty sick and it was a toss up as to whether or not he’d even run it. Sucking it up and running a 5k when you’re feeling like crap is one thing, but to gut it out for a full 30k is quite another. And he didn’t just run it, he placed 8th. Feeling like garbage, Sean still picked up a couple of Grand Prix points. Not too shabby.
Part of what we want to do here is to help connect the runners to the audience. We want the personality to show through, and that doesn’t necessarily happen if you’re just seeing a name in the results or reading a summary of the race. We hope that the video interviews with the runners could help accomplish that. Sean is a man who is clearly having a great time on race day, and it really comes out in the interviews we’ve had with him. Here are a couple of recent examples, first is Sean after his victory at the Lone Gull 10k (you can see the full scope of his “duncing” moves at about the 6:20 mark):
Next is Sean after winning the WMDP XC Festival:
If he keeps this up, not only will people get to know him pretty well, but they might even get sick of hearing about him.