Melissa Rittenhouse

Marathon 2:43:45
High School:
Brookside, Sheffield OH
Grad School:
Georgia State – MS
Kent State – PhD

PhD Nutritionist and Multiple Olympic Trial Marathon Competitor

Past Notable Accomplishments

  • Qualified for 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials at Houston Chevron Marathon, January 2010.
  • Ran the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials, placed 39th in 2004
  • 3rd National Duathlon Championship, 2009
  • Overall female winner of the Akron Marathon, Sept., 2007
  • First American, 3rd overall female Columbus Marathon in 2:44:39, October, 2004
  • 2nd place Baltimore Marathon, October 2001
  • 1st place Gulf Beaches Marathon, January 2001
  • 2nd place Atlantic 10 Conference in the 5,000 meters indoor
  • 2nd place 10,000 meters A-10 Conference outdoors

Current Employer

James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA – Assistant Professor in Dietetics


  • Drink: tea
  • Dessert: chocolate- anything
  • Carbo-loading Food: pierogies or baked potato
  • Fruit: strawberries
  • Local Activities: Hiking, Cycling, Relaxing in the sunshine…