Born and raised in the misty Pacific Northwest near Seattle, Ryan always loved exploring the outdoors. His running career started in middle school in Alaska when he participated in cross country. Ryan continued competing in distance running throughout high school in Oregon and after running his first marathon at 15 years old was immediately hooked! While attending college in Utah, Ryan started to explore trail running and it quickly became his main hobby during that time.
In 2016, Ryan ran his debut ultra-marathon, and since then, he has worked hard to get both faster and stronger.