Running Spotlight: A tribute to Jim Ryan and his Running Camps
He was the fastest high school miler ever for decades. He went on to set five world records in the mid distance events and was a three time Olympian. All of that being said, his running accomplishments are not what I respect about him most.
Jim Ryan went on to become a member of congress for many years. He has also held Christian running camps for youth for decades. His camps integrate faith, reaching your potential in running, and life lessons that last. His message is one of hope.
Ryan’s camps have produced dozens of All-Americans at each collegiate level and Olympians and world championship members. His camps share my own philosophy of coaching.
The focus of his camps is on developing young runners mentally and spiritually, in addition to helping them reach their God given potential physically. Some of the Alumni of Ryan’s camps include Ryan and Sara Hall, Josh and Jordan McDougal, Jenny Simpson and other elite runners.
The great running coach Dr. Jack Daniels, who has been called “America’s Greatest Coach” by Runner’s World Magazine, has also been a speaker at Ryan running camps multiple times.
Here is a testimony about the Jim Ryan running camps from Ryan Hall:
“During the summer between my sophomore and junior year in high school I attended Jim Ryun’s running camp and had one of the most transformational weeks of my life. That week still impacts my outlook on sport, faith and life. With a smile on my face I still reflect on that week often. What was so impactful about that week was learning about what made my childhood hero, Jim Ryun, tick. I grew up wanting to follow in Jim’s footsteps so when I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with Jim Ryun and his amazing family at camp that week, I learned how life is not only about running fast but about having a deep faith, loving God, loving others and maximizing the talents God has given us. After that week at camp, the following year I improved my PR in the mile from 4:22 to 4:05 but more importantly I became a better person. Like so many other campers over the years, I am forever grateful to the Ryun’s for their influence in my life and for the impact that one summer week made on me".
— Ryan Hall, NCAA Division 1 Champion at 5,000 meters 2 time Olympian in the marathon American Record holder in the half marathon Fastest non-African marathoner in the world (2:04:58)
Jim Ryan and his wife Anne have dedicated their lives to helping others. A running camp like the Ryan’s can be life changing for a high school athlete.
To learn more about Ryan running camps go to http://www.ryunrunning.com/.