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.
continued 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.”