Ryan Bugler

Track and Field Athlete

Ryan was born in San Diego, CA. Although he only lived there for a brief time before moving. With his Father being a Marine and growing up in a military family, traveling was a part Ryan’s childhood. However, he found some consistency when he was 5 years old. Ryan spent the next 8 years of his childhood living mainly on the military base in Okinawa, Japan, before moving to Jacksonville, NC. This is where Ryan spent most of his high school years and began his running career.

Ryan found his passion for sports in high school.

His desire to make up for lost time as a child is an understatement. He competed and challenged himself with every change in the seasons. Ryan played soccer and cross-county in the fall and wrestling or basketball simultaneously with indoor track in the winter. In the spring, he ran outdoor track and played tennis. While competing in all of this, Ryan also played club soccer year-round.

This passionate pursuit of sports unfortunately ended when he moved back to Okinawa during his senior year. The new school only permitted students to participate in one sport per season.  Ryan chose to focus his efforts on running. This was also the first time he truly learned to appreciate running for what it is.

After high school, Ryan attended Saint John’s University in Minnesota, where he pursued his degree in Computer Science and Sociology. He also ran track and cross country.

During his junior year, Ryan had a breakout race during his last chance to qualify for Nationals.

Ryan ended up setting a 30-second personal best in the 3k steeplechase. He was also one of the last few runners to qualify for the NCAA championships. Ryan then went on to win the NCAA DIII 3k Steeplechase title in dramatic fashion. His unexpected surge in the final 400m provided the capstone to all his training and hard work.

However, Ryan still demanded more of himself. He set higher goals and expectations. He concluded his senior year with additional titles and All-American honors.

Notable Accolades:

  • 2016 NCAA DIII Steeplechase National Champion
  • 2017 GINA Relays 3k Steeplechase – 2nd Place
  • 2017 NCAA DIII Steeplechase All American – 4th place
  • 5x MIAC Conference Champion
  • 2017 TC 10 Mile Championship Race – 2nd Place
  • 2017 USATF Club Cross Country Championships – 73rd place *first ever 10k

After college, Ryan moved to Silver City, New Mexico, where he works for a Fortune 500 mining company as an HR Generalist/Programing Architect.  His work schedule has enough flexibility for Ryan to continue to pursue his running goals. In addition, Ryan now enjoys the warm climate year-round, which is situated at 6,000+ ft. altitude.

Ryan is in pursuit of qualifying for both the indoor and outdoor USA Track and Field Championships.