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John Ricardi

Age: 27

Event: 1500m, 3000m, 3000m SC, 5000m, Half Marathon, Marathon, Cross Country

Hometown:  Gardiner, MT

College/University Competed for:  Idaho State University

Personal Bests:

1500m: 3:45.76

Mile: 4:04.58                      

3000m: 8:03.31

3000m SC: 8:36.69                           

5000m: 14:15                          

1/2 marathon: 67:28

Marathon:  2:27:20 (Boston)

Career Highlights

2012 Olympic Trails Qualifier and Competitor 3000m steeplechase

2011 USA Track and Field National Championship Qualifier 3000m steeplechase (Ranked 9th in US)

2011 USA Road Mile National Championship Qualifier

Indoor 3000m 8:03.31 (January 2011, USA Indoor A Standard)

3000m Steeplechase 8:36.69 (May 2011, USA A Standard)

2010 NCAA Track and Field National Championship Qualifier 3000m steeplechase

NCAA Academic All American

Big Sky Champion and Six time Big Sky All Conferece

2010 Idaho State Outstanding Student Achievement in Athletics and Academics Award Recipient

Idaho State Cross Country MVP

8 time Montana High School State Champion

2005 Bozeman Chronicle High School Athlete of the Year

2005 Member of team USA for the Junior World Mountain Running Championships (hosted by Italy)

Volunteer work

Post Collegiate Distance Coach, Big Brother


John was born and raised in Gardiner MT, the son of a carpenter and the youngest in a family of four. Growing up he was heavily involved in many sports and John got got his start in running at 8 years old by entering a local road race. He had a knack for running and endurance sports and from that point on he was hooked.

Running opened the door to compete in collegiate athletics and professionally. Along the way he has accomplished many of his  goals, a few of his dreams, and he has learned valuable lessons that he carries with himself in all that he does. A valuable thing he has learned is, one’s greatest achievements in life are not those that are the most highly esteemed in the eyes of society, but are those that open the most doors of opportunity.

He has put in over 30,000 miles in training, and has run hundreds of races. God willing, he hopes to be blessed to continue in the pursuit as it brings joy to each day, hopefully in more lives than just his own.