Ryan Gardner

Ryan Gardner

Race Co-Ambassador: Team Purple


Ryan has been a runner all his life. He overcame the odds of childhood asthma by being one of the few finishers in the Kenyon Wanamingo elementary school 3 mile runs. This fueled that addictive thought of, “I bet I can do that faster. By high school, it was varsity track and cross country. In the Air Force it was half marathons while deployed in Saudi Arabia. In college it was time to mix things up so Ryan turned to mud runs. Ryan qualified in the top 5% of finishers in both the Wisconsin 2012 Tough Mudder and again in the Minnesota 2013 Tough Mudder. Outside of Ryan’s training he enjoys spending time with his wife, new baby girl, and two dogs. He is also an avid traveler. Ryan’s main bucket list goal was to make it to 30 countries before turning 30. He accomplished this goal in fall of 2015 at the age of 27.