Bryce Richards

Track and Ultra Runner

Bryce grew up in Mundelein, Illinois, a small suburb north of Chicago. He found a passion for running at a very early age.

In seventh grade, Bryce watched his sister compete in her age group at the Junior Olympic National Championships hosted at Wichita State University. The stadium, the crowd, and all the athletes competing brought excitement like he had never seen before! It was soon afterwards Bryce started competing in track and cross country. He was fast, although his conditioning wasn’t at the elite level.

From the start of high school, Bryce knew he was a gifted runner. However, he had no idea how to properly train or really what running was all about. As the years went on in high school, his knowledge of the sport grew and his passion never faded.

Bryce finished off his high school career running 4:09 in the mile!

He went on to attend the University of Kansas where Bryce twice received All Big 12 conference honors.

Unfortunately, he did not get to attend his senior year at Kansas. Bryce needed to transfer to be closer to his home to care for family members.  His dad and grandma were both diagnosed with Huntington’s disease (HD).

HD has brought Bryce’s family many hardships as the disease progresses.  As a consequence, any achievement in the sport, Bryce dedicates to his mom and dad.  Because no matter how tough it gets at home navigating through HD, his parents are always there cheering him on.

After dedicating 8 years to track running, and really one event in particular, the mile, Bryce made the decision to branch out in the sport and start to compete in Ultras and road races at the highest level.

He competed in his first 50k on his birthday October 12th, the Cave Creek Thriller. Bryce placed second and ran the 5th fastest time on the course since its start in 2009.

Bryce is excited to start this new chapter in life running road races and Ultra Distance events.