Patrick Rizzo

College – North Central College

Hometown – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Coach – Gary Staines

Patrick Rizzo is one of the most decorated and versatile distance runners in the United States. In December 2017, he ran 2:17:27 at the U.S. Marathon Championship in Sacramento, California to become a four-time Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon; a remarkable and almost unprecedented achievement which solidifies his running legacy. To honor this accomplishment, Colorado Running Magazine named Patrick its runner of the month.  Patrick has top 10 finishes at U.S. Championship distances for 8K, 20K, the half-marathon, and the marathon. He set his marathon personal best of 2:13:42 at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Houston in 2012, finishing 13th. Internationally, he has had top finishes in the London Marathon (11th), the Ohme 30K in Tokyo, Japan (3rd), and when representing Team USA at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he finished 8th. During his distinguished career, Patrick has been the champion of a number of road races including half-marathon victories in Denver, Seattle, and his native Chicago. He is the 2019 champion of the Colfax Half Marathon in Denver. His half-marathon personal best is 64:20. In 2016, he won the Colfax Marathon. This past year Patrick turned his attention to trail running and immediately had success winning the Nebraska Trail Run Half-Marathon and setting a course record. Patrick lives and trains at altitude in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife, Emily, and son, Judah.