Ryan Rivamonte is a student at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, as well as an avid multisport enthusiast. As a third-year dental student, Ryan sees patients in the clinic and also serves as the president of the Fit Club at school.
Ryan's multisport roots began as a BMX racer and a soccer player. In high school, when the cross-country team asked him to run a regional meet with them, he discovered his talent in running and then continued pushing himself to run farther and faster. At 16 years old, he ran his first marathon and completed a 100-mile mountain bike race. Since then, his major accomplishments include competing in the Boston marathon, the Ironman World Championships, finishing fourth at the Washington, DC North Face Endurance Challenge 50-mile run, and finishing third in the pro wave at Savage Race Ohio.
With the support of his friends, family, and school, Ryan continues to push himself as an avid athlete at an elite level. This year, he will continue to be an advocate for personal achievement and physical health at school and also aims to take on Ironman #5 at the end of the summer.
Date of Birth/Location: March 22, 1991. Raised in Commerce Township, MI
Current Residence: Royal Oak, MI
Years Racing: 10
Strengths on the course: Looking good
Goals for 2017: Age group podium at Ironman Mont Tremblant in Aug 2017
Favorite Race Moment: In my first Ironman in 2012, landing a front handspring at the line as I finished sub-10 hours in Louisville
Favorite Pre-Race and Post-Race Food: Pizza loaded with veggies, and hopped beverages
When not working out, you may find me: Reading an epic fantasy novel, exploring a new place with my girlfriend, mashing on a piano in an attempt to learn an instrument, or challenging friends to feats of strength (likely pull-ups)
Greatest Adventure: My solo cycling trip from Mountain View, CA to Yosemite National Park and back. 442 miles of cycling, 16 miles of running, and 26,509 feet of elevation gain, and a forest fire that makes for a great tale.
Job: To give you a great smile and empower others to take steps to better their lives.
Favorite Snapple Product: Green Tea