Ryan Williams, a native Savannahian was born May 11, 1980. As a child, Ryan was happy and outgoing. He had a natural capability and a passionate heart which drove him to excel in many sports. When on the field, your eyes were automatically drawn to the boy who exuded tenacity; that was Ryan. His adventurous spirit grew as he became a young man who was always pushing himself beyond his limits and living life to the fullest. He ventured in many experiences including a few three-month excursions at NOLS Leadership/Survival School. Here he engaged in rock climbing, sailing the Sea of Cortez, along with building and sleeping in an igloo in Alaska. Other adventures included skiing in Utah where he dropped in on the Jupiter Bowl (10,000 feet above sea level) and hang-gliding in Switzerland. He was always on the go, visiting new places and experiencing what they had to offer.
Where it all began
In 2009, Ryan participated in his first triathlon, and quickly fell in love with the sport. It became his passion. He knew without any doubt that this was what he wanted to do with his life. Before long, he started Ryan Williams Multisport and began not only coaching, but mentoring fellow athletes from Savannah, GA to Miami, Florida. Ryan literally changed peoples’ lives. He took his work to heart which was and is still evident in his athlete’s accomplishments. He did not only push his colleagues, students, clients, and friends to do better – he made them want to do better. It was his attitude and outlook on life that made him special. He was often caught saying “it is what it is” and “Pura Vida”. After a visit to Columbia, he adopted the “Pura Vida” mentality where he lived to let things go and enjoy what life had to offer. He definitely practiced what he preached. He lived his life under these mantras.
A Legacy Lives On
In May of 2013, at the young age of 33, Ryan was tragically taken from this world due to an overworked heart. His memory will live on, not only through his family and friends, but through this athletic series, the Ride on Ryan Sprint Triathlon, that aims to promote “the good life” along with charities that are close to Ryan’s heart as well as his family’s. This event is special not only for the person we aim to recognize but for the motivational, positive, feel good atmosphere it provides. You can definitely feel Ryan at this event. Ride on, Ryan! You are loved and missed but never forgotten.