March 02, 2023
Super Spikes? Raised Expectations? A Look At How The NCAA & American Distance Running Record Books Have Been Rewritten in Just 4 Years
Are all the fast times merely a product of supershoes? Or is it something more? We spoke to coaches Dathan Ritzenhein, Jason Vigilante and Dave Smith to figure it out.
January 31, 2023
Dathan Ritzenhein After OAC's American Record Weekend - "We're Doing Stuff We Thought We Were Going to Be Doing Four Years from Now"
On Athletics Club head coach Dathan Ritzenhein talked to LetsRun.com about a great weekend for his club and how they are exceeding his wildest expectations.
January 18, 2022
LetsRun.com Pro Coaches Tour: On Athletics Club Coach Dathan Ritzenhein Looks Ahead to 2022, Back on Super Successful 2021
Dathan Ritzenhein is the first of the top pro coaches to sit down and talk about his club heading into the 2022 campaign.
June 15, 2021
How Many Olympians Will The OAC Have In Year 1? It's Gonna Be A Crooked Number
We talked to Dathan Ritzenhein about the OAC athletes' final Trials preparations and he raves about Alicia Monson's fitness, “I think she was ready to run under 14:40, actually,” before he gives his take on whether the latest Michigan teen prodigy - Hobbs Kessler - should go pro out of high school.
May 07, 2021
Meet the OAC: Coach Dathan Ritzenhein Raves About Potential of His Team
The On Athletics Club is a new team, with a new coach, and some big goals. Coach Dathan Ritzenhein thinks his team can contend for medals and that Alicia Monson can be an all-time great US distance runner.
May 05, 2021
Track Talk Podcast: Dathan Ritzenhein Talks On Athletics Club, DK Metcalf Predictions, Brazier vs Hoppel vs Murphy and Nuguse vs Hocker
Listen to the LetsRun.com team tell you what you need to know about the running world.
August 10, 2020
Full On Athletics Club Roster Announced, Led by NCAA Champs Geordie Beamish & Alicia Monson
On has announced more NCAA signings this summer than every other shoe company combined. We reveal the full squad and analyze the roster, which is made up of 6 NCAA champs (4 DI) and led by Joe Klecker, Olli Hoare, and Alicia Monson.
August 03, 2020
On Establishes Pro Group in Boulder to Be Coached by Dathan Ritzenhein; Joe Klecker Is Group's First Signing
The group will be called the On Athletics Club and features eight athletes (the remainder will be announced soon) led by Joe Klecker, who was signed before Ritz and given veto power over the coach of the group. Klecker will make his pro debut at the Music City Distance Carnival on August 15 and Ritz says he's in incredible shape. "I did that exact workout at sea level a month before I ran 12:56 and broke the American record...He’s doing the kind of quality work that I was doing at my best." *MB: Breaking: On is starting a new training group in Boulder coached by Dathan Ritzenhein and headlined by Joe Klecker
May 22, 2020
The Big 3, Reunited: Alan Webb, Ryan Hall & Dathan Ritzenhein Discuss Their Greatest Performances, Biggest Lessons, & Much More
Alan Webb, Dathan Ritzenhein and Ryan Hall had never sat down and talked about their careers until this week. Find out why Ritz had Webb's face on his dartboard as a high schooler, how Webb was able to beat Ritzenhein in their famous 10k showdown in 2006, which performances each believes was the best from their careers, their biggest lessons from the sport, their views on new shoe technology, Webb and Ritz's thoughts on their time with the Nike Oregon Project and Alberto Salazar's ban, and much more.
May 15, 2020
Ritz vs. Webb vs. Hall - Who Was Better? A Pseudo-Scientific Breakdown
It's one of the great running debates: which one of the Big Three had the best career? With Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Webb, and Ryan Hall all retired, Jonathan Gault breaks it down and picks a winner. *MB: Now that they are all retired, who had the better career - Dathan Ritz, Alan Webb or Ryan Hall? .
May 14, 2020
Podcast: Who Had The Better Career - Ritz, Webb or Hall?
Our normal podcast returned but this was far from a normal podcast as podcasting history was made as for the first time in world history a six-day-old baby appeared on a podcast. Once we adjusted to our new female co-host, we spent most of the show debating who had the better career - Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Webb or Ryan Hall? Along the way, Rojo ranted about the need for colleges to open up this fall, Tedd Ginn Jr was exposed as a liar, we wondered if World Athletics deserves more props for its anti-doping effectiveness, and much more.
May 07, 2020
Dathan Ritzenhein Hangs 'Em Up: We Pick Our 5 Favorite Moments from His Career
Between a 12:56 American record in Zurich, bronze at World Half and World XC, two dominant Foot Locker wins, and an NCAA XC title over Ryan Hall, there were plenty of highlights during Ritz's lengthy career.
May 07, 2020
Dathan Ritzenhein Retires: The Last Of The "Big Three" From The HS Class of 2001 Calls It A Career at Age 37
Ritzenhein accomplished a lot during his career as he won two HS Foolocker xc crowns and one NCAA xc title, made three Olympic teams, amassed pbs of 12:56.27, 27:22.28, 60:00, and 2:07:47, and won world medals in xc (jr race) and the half marathon.
April 16, 2020
I Was Bored, So I Went Back and Watched Ritz, Webb, & Hall Battle at the 2000 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships
Jonathan Gault revisits one of the most-hyped races in the history of US high school cross country, in which the top three finishers all eventually became American record holders. Plus X-ray graphics, Discmen, hanging chads, and why Sara Hall's win in the girls' race was way better than you remember.
February 24, 2020
2020 Olympic Marathon Trials Preview: The Men's Underdogs - From Bernard Lagat to Jim Walmsley
The odds are the Olympic team will consist of 3 of the "Big 4" of Rupp, Korir, Fauble and Ward, but here are 26 underdogs with a chance if 2 of the 4 falter. From 45-year old Bernard Lagat to 24-year old Jerrell Mock, meet those with "a chance."
February 22, 2020
Which “Old Guy” -- Dathan Ritzenhein, Bernard Lagat, or Abdi Abdirahman -- Does the Best at the Olympic Marathon Trials?
Which old guy Dathan Ritzenhein (37), Abdi Abdirahman (43) or Bernard Lagat (45) has the best chance at the Olympic team?
September 16, 2019
Dathan Ritzenhein Withdraws from 2019 Chicago Marathon
Chronic foot issues led to flare-ups in other areas, which caused the 36-year-old to withdraw ahead of the race on October 13. He still plans on racing the Olympic Trials in February.
July 11, 2019
Chicago Marathon Announces 2019 US Elite Field: Cragg, Derrick, & Ritz Join Rupp & Hasay
We break down what it all means as we we get closer to the 2020 US Trials. Plus, why we think Berlin might be a better option. *MB: 2019 Chicago Marathon US field is out: Cragg, Derrick, Ritz Join Rupp & Hasay
July 11, 2019
Deep American Fields Announced For The 2019 Chicago Marathon With Dathan Ritzenhein And Amy Cragg Joining Previously Announced Galen Rupp And Jordan Hasay
Another top names announced include US marathon champs Brogan Austin and Emma Bates as well as Stephanie Bruce, Lindsay Flanagan, Chris Derrick, Diego Estrada and Parker Stinson.
April 15, 2019
Analyzing the American Men at 2019 Boston: Fauble & Ward (Finally) Break 2:10, Ritz Struggles, & More
An American-born runner not named Galen Rupp hadn't broken 2:10 in more than 2,000 days but two men did it on Monday in Boston.