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Young runner to race in national championship

Ryan Bush going to Junior Olympics

A young runner with ties to Ticonderoga will compete for a national championship Dec. 8 in Albuquerque, N.M. Ryan Bush, age 8, will run in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships.

A young runner with ties to Ticonderoga will compete for a national championship Dec. 8 in Albuquerque, N.M. Ryan Bush, age 8, will run in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships.

— Ryan is no stranger to distance running. Both his parents ran track and cross country on nationally-ranked teams at Providence College in Rhode Island and have continued running. His father earned 1998 NCAA Division I All-Academic Cross Country Team honors. His mother finished third in the Big East Conference 10K track championships while a Friar. Both ran in NCAA Division I cross country national championship races. Rick graduated in 1999, Dana in 2000.

Rick and Dana Bush dominated Ticonderoga’s Montcalm Mile for years.

Rick held the men’s record of 4 minutes, 8 seconds until it was broken in 2011 by Lee Berube with a 4:01 clocking. Berube has since lowered that record to 3:54.

Dana Bush still holds the women’s Montcalm Mile mark of 4:41.

Ryan has also run the Montcalm Mile the past two years.

“It’s a great family race,” Rick said of Ticonderoga’s July 4th race. “We look forward to it every year. It’s a lot of fun.”

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