Ryan Rau | Pro Team

2015 Schedule and Results

May 9: 3Disciplines Willow Duathlon - 1st
May 17: Challenge Knoxville Half - 14th
June 6: St Patricks Festival 5k - 1st
June 28: 3Disciplines Lumberman Half Iron (Relay) - 1st
July 25: Vineman Full Iron - 3rd
Sep 6: ITU Powerman Duathlon World Championship - 13th
Sep 27: Ironman Chattanooga - 27th
Oct 24: Great Trutle Trail Half Marathon - 1st
Dec 13: Powerman Florida

Ryan's Story

2011 was my first year as a “professional” triathlete and I use that term lightly because my early season results were very similar to my prior year times, only I was racing in the first wave. I thought I had “arrived” and everyone was just going to lay down for me in my first race (pride before the fall at its essence).

It was a rude awakening when I jumped in the water for the first time with Andy Potts and other uber swimmers at Oceanside. Let's just say I did not get out of the water with them. As I recall I think Mirinda Carefae was next to me as I exited to T1, and it took me a few miles on the bike to catch other athletes who had passed me in the water from waves starting minutes after mine. I was crushed by the competition that day, and my spirit was depressed as well. Fortunately, my brother was with me and we took a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains the next day to revive my soul.

I realized that making it to the pro division was a great accomplishment of hard work and dedication, however no matter how far up I moved in the field, there would always be one more person to catch. In addition, if you are able catch everyone and move into first for the win, there will always be another race. I was left with one of two choices: 1) “be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11), work harder to improve my fitness and standing in the sport of triathlon, and use it as a means to serve Jesus, or 2) “be content whatever the circumstances”, and not worry about improving as a triathlete, and still serve Jesus as Lord and savior.

Either way I needed to be content and serve Christ, regardless of my place in the standings at the end of the day. This outlook is what I take into every event and the contentment I experience now is the same whether I finish 1st, 100th or wherever. Knowing our place in Christ is the most important place we can ever finish and far exceeds any glory we can attain through triathlon. 

Athletic Background

I have always been an athlete, however I never really thought of it that way when I was growing up. I never had video games or cable and all the activities I did with my friends as a kid generally involved running around playing tag, riding bikes, climbing trees, swimming in the lakes near my house, body surfing in the ocean, and skiing in the winter.

It wasn’t until I joined a basketball team in the 4th grade that I actually played an organized sport, that wasn’t in a backyard. Once I reached middle school and high school I joined the cross country and track teams because I had always had fun going for runs with my dad in the woods near our house when he would ask me from time to time. I also made the varsity basketball team, which in hindsight was the only sport I earned all-league honors.

I decided to run in college however, because I felt participating in two sports (cross and track) would give me more to do and I was assured an opportunity to compete. It was not until my senior year of college that I had a break through in my performances. We changed coaches who used a more scientific approach to our training and I was able to drop minutes off my times in the 3k, steeplechase, 5k, and 10k. It was the first time in my life that I was confident enough to think about competing at a high level post college.

After college I entered some endurance events just to see what I could do. I had some success in the marathon as I competed at Boston and I dabbled in triathlon for a couple of years, but it was not until 2008 that I decided to really try to qualify for Kona and possibly earn professional status. Unfortunately, I flatted at Ironman Coeur d'Alene, and missed the cut for Kona, but it gave me the confidence to work towards my elite card the next season.


I’m the second oldest in my family as I have an older brother (Kevin), a younger brother (Jay), and a younger sister (Shannon). My mom (Sue) and dad (Tom) have always encouraged us to do what we wanted to do and not necessarily follow in their footsteps. We took those words to heart as Kevin is in charge of an IT department, Jay is in California working in the film industry, Shannon runs an organic farm, and I, in addition to triathlon, am a personal trainer, online fitness consultant, and coach. 

2014 Results

May 11: Spring Snowman 10k - 1st
June 2: Holly Olympic Triathlon - 1st
June 9: Ironman 70.3 Kansas - 13th
June 23: Ironman 70.3 Syracuse - 14th
July 27: Challenge New Albany - 15th
Aug 11: Ironman 70.3 Steelhead - 14th
Sep 7: Ironman Wisconsin - 9th 
Oct 25: Great Trutle Trail Half Marathon - 1st
Nov 16: Ironman Arizona - 16th
Dec 14: Powerman Florida - 1st

2013 Results

Mar 17: Ironman 70.3 San Juan - 30th
Apr 7: Ironman 70.3 Galveston - 24th
Apr 28: Medical Mutual-Glass City 5k, Toledo, OH - 1st
May 5: Ironman 70.3 St. Croix - 10th
May 11: Eric Hartwell Foundation 10k, Brighton, MI - 1st (course record)
May 28: Pinckney Peoples Church Memorial Day 5k, Pinckney, MI - 1st
June 2: Ironman 70.3 Raleigh - 4th
June 9: Tritofinish.com Holly Recreation Triathlon, Holly, MI - 1st (course record)
June 23: Ironman 70.3 Syracuse - 11th
July 12: Ironman 70.3 Muncie - 6th (matched his PR of 4:03) 
July 21: Ironman 70.3 Racine - 18th
Aug 3: The Frankenmuth Experience (Oly), Frankenmuth, MI - 4th
Aug 4: Ironman 70.3 Steelhead - 5th and new PR of 4:02
Sep 1: Tritofinish.com Olympic, Boyne City, MI - 2nd 
Sep 9: Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Las Vegas, NV - 37th
Sep 29: Ironman 70.3 Augusta - 11th
Oct 20: Detroit Half Marathon - 11th

2012 Results

- Spent most of the year recovering from a hip injury and re-learning how to run
- Competed from June to October and set personal records in road running (5k, 10k, and half marathon distances) as well as PRs for Olympic and half Ironman distances. 

2011 Results

- First Pro Season
- Ironman Arizona - 19th

2010 Results

- Earned Pro Card 
- Ironman 70.3 World Championships, 6th amateur, 3rd AG 

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