Ryan has a degree in Physical Education w/ Applied Health Science and has spent 12 years coaching and teaching athletes.
His experience ranges from working with youth athletic development, sports performance with elite highschool and college athletes, traditionally coaching high school basketball, and coaching individuals in the endurance based sports of running and obstacle racing.
Through his experiences Ryan has learned that the most important component to coaching any athlete is developing a strong relationship and working together with each individual to develop the best plan of attack for them.
Born and raised in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Ryan spent his childhood running through the woods, building forts, biking, house chores, and playing a wide variety of sports from sun up to sundown.
Hard work was etched into his DNA through his coaches and hard construction labor through high school and college.
OBSTACLE RACING CAREER
Obstacle racing came naturally to Ryan as it was not much different from his everyday activities as a kid. The only missing piece he needed to master was endurance after coming from basketball and football.
In 2015, after just starting he underwent surgery to correct a preexisting hip injury that took him out from training until early 2017.
In 2018, after patient rehabilitation and development of his aerobic systems, Kempson started showcasing what he is capable of on the biggest stage. He is transforming into a wrecking ball in the sport.
In 2021, Kempson accomplished his goal of winning the '21 OCRWC 15k World Championship.
After losing his father to cancer two weeks after winning a World title, Ryan has been on a slow mend to regain the emotional energy to leave everything out on the course. He will be racing in 2022 but understand it may take a year to be back to his normal self of leaving everything on a race course.