I want to thank everyone who helped with this post. I couldn’t have done it without all of you. I never imagined I would get so many heartfelt responses. Just shows how loved Ryan is and how proud we all are of him and his accomplishments. Good luck Ryan!
In honor of Ryan running the Boston Marathon, raise your glass on Monday April 16 at 6pm in a virtual toast to Ryan. Ryan will be celebrating in Boston with Founder’s CBS and Goose Island King Henry, you’re invited to enjoy whatever you would like. It’s not about what’s in your glass, but more about being a part of his special day. Let’s let Ryan know that we’re proud of his accomplishment and glad to have him in our lives!
Good luck on your Boston Marathon run, Ryan! There will be a cold one or three waiting for you at the end! We both completed Century Rides at Lake Tahoe for Team in Training, so we know how much effort and dedication it takes to reach this kind of physical achievement! Have a safe race and happy finishing!
-Cheers, Renee & Paul: Brewer’s Daughter & Journeyman Cook
Best wishes in Boston! I’m sure running all of those hills in Akron &
Athens will make ‘Heartbreak Hill’ seem like a speed bump.-Brad Lantz
We know that you’ll agree with us when we say that everything in life happens for a reason. Looking back at the disappointment of last year’s Boston Marathon shut-out, that reason now seems obvious. So much has changed over the last 12 months. Personally, professionally and athletically you are now stronger, happier and more confident.
Clearly, you were meant to run this race when all of the pieces of your life’s puzzle had fallen into place. Your job was meant to be secure and your days filled with one less worry. You were meant to have the support and love of all of the relationships you’ve developed & nurtured over the last year. You were meant to train with treasured friends that push you in the best way possible; who understand you and motivate you to excel. You were meant to be surrounded by loved ones as you cross that finish line. You were meant to celebrate with that one someone special, who was tailor made for you. And, you were meant to look back and see that, in this moment, absolutely everything in life is “For the Win!”
We love you and we’re so proud to call you a friend -Renee and Bill
Good luck, Ryan! I am rooting for you to PR. Heartbreak Hill will just be a memory soon. Run like the wind, Bullseye. -Gret Lawn
Good luck to truely one of the nicest and genuine people that I know!
Just qualifiying for Boston 2012 is an amazing feat (…or feet) in itself, but I know that you have been training your skinny, pale (and likely argyle covered) butt off, and you are going to kill that course! So don’t even stress about it! When you are there, take a few moments just to look around and enjoy what you have achieved with all your hard work! It will be a once in a lifetime experience, because even if you do Boston again someday, it will never be your first one again! Soak it in!
Go do it Ryan and have fun doing it!
PS: Plus after you get to enjoy these… PPS: Sunday Brunch at the Taphouse on me when you get back!
Michaelene and I wanted to wish you good luck! Even though we can’t be there, we will be rooting you on. We know you will totally go #FTW and we will toast a tasty craft beer in your honor that afternoon!
-Cheers, Brad and Michaelene
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
You run really far –
Because you sniff glue.
In all seriousness – I really do think you must sniff glue. The sacrifices you make to keep your body and mind in tuned is amazing. Beyond the physical demands that you put on yourself you are able to overcome the mental battles as well. Just think, you are able to wake up every morning and look at yourself in the mirror, wait, I was going somewhere with this, oh well, just the fact that you can look at your face in the mirror everyday is an accomplishment.
I know of your great passion to be the best person you can be and you know of my passion for Jordan’s Family Foundation – your support, and the measures you take to show your support, go above and beyond making yourself a better person. People everyday, everywhere, notice the person you are and marvel in what you are able to accomplish each and every day.
Thank you for all that you do. I love seeing Jordan’s face light up when you two are in the store at the same time. She gets it. She understands all that you are doing. I’ll be the first to tell you that.
Having my family see you in the Cleveland Marathon was something I will never forget. The conversation we had in the car on the way home about time, commitment, dedication, and determination is a “father” talk I will never, ever forget. Thank you for granting me with that moment with my children.
Enough with the kind words, let’s get back to poetry.
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
No fiber in the morning –
Or you’ll have to go poo.
Good luck and remember to turn left at the ocean,
Good Luck Ry! So proud of you, love you!-Melanie
Good luck and congrats all the same Ryan. It’s a major accomplishment just to get to run in Boston and I know you are going to kill it on that course. I will be thinking about you on race day and looking forward to hearing all the stories and triumphs from your trip! Enjoy all your delicious post race beers, have some chocolate/nut covered ice cream and don’t be a freeze baby. We will for sure celebrate when you are back in CLE! –Sara Cleary
Best of Luck in Boston Mac! What an achievement to be participating in the Boston Marathon after a few short years of competitive running. All of your hard work and training will pay off this weekend! Wishing you a great race and enjoy the experience that is the Boston Marathon! -Matt
Mac, You are an absolute beast, my friend. You’ve accomplished some great things and I’m certain you’ll kill it at Boston. If you weren’t so pasty white, I would think you were Kenyan. May you glide through the course like an angel of the streets, but if things do happen to get a little tough out there, I would like you to think of this:
“People always talk about triumphs of the human spirit, well today I had a triumph of the human body. That’s why everybody was applauding for me at the end. My guts and my heart. And while I eventually puked my guts out… I never puked my heart out.”
Your friend and 253 comrade for life, -Jeff
We’ve know this guy for all 27 years of his life. We used to be able to chase him down when we babysat. We sure couldn’t do that anymore. He was a big part of our life. Many good times together. When we picked him up from school once a week, we always had a VCR movie of which we concealed the title so it would be a surprise. Then when “ Jaws” or whatever came on the screen he’d throw one of those punches into the air.
He threw that same punch when Uncle Tom at his retirement party introduced him as his BEST FRIEND.
One other comical story, we were at Bob Evans for lunch when Tom told him it was his turn to buy. That innocent little face looked up and said “I got no pennies”.
I know this hard working, dedicated guy will do a good job in Boston.
We love him as always. Uncle Tom & Aunt Elaine
Ever since you were just a little guy, you have known how to reach your goals through your intense focus and hard work. We were happy to be able to cheer you on last year. It was so exciting to see you coming down the street at the Columbus Marathon, where you qualified for THE run! Now we will be excited to follow your progress at the Boston Marathon! You will do well and we hope you make some fantastic memories in the process! And not surprisingly, you found a way to help others as you run. Kudos on raising funds for Jordan’s Family Foundation! We would love to hear how you got involved with this cause sometime soon. In the meantime, know that you will be in our prayers and we are so delighted to be related to you! Best wishes to you as all of your training pays off as you tear up the streets of Boston! We love you! -Jeff and Suzi
We are so proud of the young man that you become. We both want to wish you the very best on this upcoming challenge. Sending our love and very best wishes. -Carolyn & Kenny (Mr. & Mrs. Krol)
Ryan, Best of luck!!
From all your family down in Key West-Mom, Dad, Kyle, Jamie, Aunt Diane, Uncle Jeff, Natalie and Nick
Good luck in Boston! There aren’t words to describe how proud of you I am that you qualified and are running this race. Quite simply put, you are the man! I would also like to say that you are one heck of a human being for not only putting your body through this torture (which I know you secretly love) and doing this while sponsoring JFF! You truly leave me and my family speechless by your generosity and enormous heart! It is a privilege to have met you and gotten to know you over the last couple years. I am one of the lucky ones that get to be there when you cross the finish line and celebrate this amazing feat with you! Once again GOOD LUCK!!!!
your brother from another mother, Bill Barak
P.S. Noah says what you are doing is AWESOME and he wants to go to Boston!!! He knows you as the teacher with the bike.
P.S.S. The pics that are enclosed go as follows;
Brewery Vivant – First time hanging out
Whip Cream on Jackie O’s hat – How we “may” celebrate the Boston Marathon
Myself, You and Bill – How we WILL celebrate the Boston Marathon!!!
Very proud of our #DirtyRunner taking his talents to Boston. Couldn’t be more excited for him to experience this and bring back the stories for all of us to hear. We will all be cheering him on and know he will do us proud. I may even buy him a bud light if he hits his goal – whatever that is. Go get em! – Uncle H
“Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.”-Joe Paterno
Ryan, you are living proof that hard work and perseverance pays off. Good luck in Boston!!!!!!!! –Beal
Good luck in Boston. It genuinely warms my heart to see you achieve a dream of yours. Your perseverance during the training process has been inspiring. The Boston Marathon is the Super Bowl of running. It’s where you belong. Run fast, be proud, represent Cleveland, Lorain, NE Ohio runners and the #dirtyrunners. Most of all, I hope you can take a few deep breaths and enjoy the experience. I look forward to celebrating with you upon your triumphant return.
GOOD LUCK RYAN! From #TeamHighlighter to #DirtyRunner to Boston Badass! You are going to be great! –Kimi
Ryan. Pinch yourself. No really, pinch yourself. This isn’t a dream, it’s your damn reality! YOU are running the BOSTON MARATHON!
I can’t imagine how bad it sucked to not make the registration in time to run 2011’s Boston, but that wait is only going to make your experience THAT. MUCH. SWEETER.
I am SO pumped for you. I have an incredibly hard time really putting into words what it feels like to toe the line in Hopkinton, and to run those same streets that the greats have run before us. It is truly the most magical race experience EVER. I will be cheering for you from afar and know that you will be so, so awesome that day! Don’t waste a single second you are in Beantown, breathe it all in, because it will go by SO quickly. The gun goes off, your quads get torn to hell and then before your know it you are making that left turn onto Boylston. There’s a whole lotta magic that occurs in between but it seriously goes by SO quickly. This is YOUR time. YOUR moment. One that you have worked SO damn hard for! Make CLE proud and show Boston your SWAGGER. –Mollyberries
PS. Make sure to hit up Bill Rodgers Running Center – your inner running geek is completely accepted here and you will totally freak out!
Congratulations on running one of the most respected races in the world! You do NE Ohio proud and all of your friends have the utmost respect for you. Good luck in the race, even though we all know you don’t need it. I can’t wait to toast a beer with you when you get back in celebration. Best wishes Ryan! -Heather Holmes-LaVieBoheme73
What you’ve accomplished is an inspiration to so many of us that have had the privilige to know you. Congratulations on reaching Boston. You’re running with the big dogs now, so run harder and smarter than you’ve ever run. Whether you like it or not, you’re representing your family, friends and (most importantly) the #dirtyrunners. I have no doubt you’ll “wow” us as you do every race.
Best Wishes @JohnSemilia
Dear Ryan McSpeedster:
I don’t really think you need a pep talk. You and I both know that you’re going to kill Boston. You’ve made many sacrifices and trained your ass off for the last 6-8 months. As far as I can tell from Twitter and the like, you’ve been getting faster and faster in all the races you have been running up until this point. Let’s be honest… you’re ready.
My only advice is this: When you hit mile 23 and everything in your body is telling you to stop, there is only one thing to do… run faster. The “Wall” means nothing to you. The only thing that should be going through your mind is that you’re about to finish one of the greatest marathon’s in the world… maybe the greatest. When you hit mile 25, run even faster. You’re going to be exhausted, but let’s face it, what’s another mile?! When all is said and done, and you cross that finish line, you better be fist pumping, arms high in the air, grinning from ear to ear. Take in the moment and enjoy it. Everything that you’ve worked so hard for culminates into one single moment and that’s the feeling you’ve worked so hard for for so long.
I know we don’t know each other too well, but I’m proud to know someone as dedicated and awesome as you. You’re a huge inspiration to me and I know that hopefully one day I’ll be in your shoes! I’m not even going to say “good luck” or “try your best” because a man of your caliber is already going at 110% (Yes, I know 110% is impossible… stop being a Math teacher for five seconds 🙂
Have fun, enjoy Boston and the race and… DO WORK SIR! I can’t wait to hear all about it!–PT
P.S. Besides running extremely fast, I challenge you to kiss at least 15 girls at Mile 13. I don’t think Jess will get mad…. unless you catch herpes. 🙂 Editors Note: Have fun…and don’t get herpes
Ryan: the big day is almost here! Your dedication to running this race is inspiring: just shows what you can accomplish when you never give up and work hard to achieve your goals. Know that many of us will we cheering for you back home! Sending you plenty of love from Parma: I know you are going to rock those roads of Beantown! –Alicia
Just wanted to wish you the best of luck in the Boston Marathon! It’s such a great opportunity and a huge accomplishment just getting to run in an event like this. I look forward to the next time I get to cheers a beer with you and hear all about your amazing experience. Here’s to a new PR and some amazing brews in Boston… for the win baby!! #FTW
Cheers! Keith aka @snikwad1020
Just wanted to wish you the best as you gear up for your race. I know how much you’ve been looking forward to it, and equally how much you’ve prepared yourself for it! I admire your dedication, and have no doubt that you’ll be happy with the results. Have a good race and look forward to drinking a celebratory beer (or 6) when you’re done! -Zach
Ryan – Best of luck to you as you run the Boston Marathon! I am always impressed when someone sets a goal then works hard to achieve it!! May this be one of many milestones that you achieve throughout your life. Most of all, be sure to enjoy every moment of your trip to Boston! Dave says, “Run your ass off Bryan!! And Good Luck!” Lisa says, “GOOD LUCK!!” -LogoMom
We have always been proud of your accomplishments from grade school thru college. You have always been a goal oriented person with such goals as wanting to be a school teacher since the fifth grade, excelling at tennis and being a runner. Now you have reached your goal of running in the Boston Marathon. God could not have blessed us with a better son. Good luck this weekend in Boston. We will be there to cheer you on. Love, Mom and Dad
Ryan-Enjoy every moment of your race like it’s your last because Boston is prestigious and a unique experience only the best get to experience.
You’ve run many marathons to get to this point. Like everyone said to me before my first, trust your training and don’t listen to the voice of doubt in your head.
“You’re running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You’re delirious. But you keep running because there’s no way out of this hell you’re in, because there’s no way you’re not crossing the finish line. It’s a misery that non-runners don’t understand.”
Give Beantown hell! Good luck to you!-Anna
Run your heart out Ryan and enjoy every second of the famous Boston Marathon! We’ll all be cheering for you back in Cleveland and can’t wait to celebrate this amazing accomplishment with you when you get back! … over some beers of course! –Kristy
R: Run your heart out, I know you will!!
Y: You worked so hard to get here and you are an inspiration to so many people.
A: An awesome amazing accomplishment is what you have achieved and you will achieve many more.
N: Never underestimate the power of dedication and a good craftbeer
GOOD LUCK IN BEAN-TOWN RYAN!! I will be cheering you on from CLE!!#dirtyrunnerlove, Steph
Good luck at Boston Ryan! You totally deserve this day! Run hard, have fun, enjoy every second and love every mile!-Kali
Good Luck in Boston Ryan! Heather and I will be glued to our computer on Monday morning following race. Ha, she even took the day off from work! I’m anxious to hear all about it over a beer real soon. Good luck buddy, I know you are going to KILL it! Jay
“Go get ’em, Ryan!! Be sure to take it all in and enjoy the experience. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Good luck!!”-Heather
I cannot tell you how excited I am for you to be running The Boston Marathon. This is by far my favorite race. Nothing beats it. I can’t wait for you to finish and tell me all about it. I want Every. Little. Detail. I love that the Boston Marathon was my fourth marathon and will be yours as well, just more things that we have in common, but next year, I hope we can both make it our second Boston Marathon .
I know how much hard work and dedication you have put into training for this marathon and I am so proud of you. You did so good, you trained on hills, you hit your speed work goals, you ran outside in the snow and super windy days and ran some awesome races already this year. You are a strong and tough runner and I know it is all going to pay off on Monday. I can’t wait to see you cross that finish line so that I can give you the biggest hug ever.
P.S. It is rare that we aren’t in running clothes but I managed to find 2 pictures where we aren’t 🙂