Track and Field Legend and Congressman
Jim Ryun Bio
Be prepared to be inspired as Olympian and Congressman Jim Ryun speaks from experience about his remarkable life's journey. That journey has led him from being cut from the church baseball team to being rated by ESPN as the number one high school athlete of all time, beating Tiger Woods and LeBron James. He will challenge you to dream big and see how failures can guide you to your true gifting. As a member of Congress for 10 years and presently the Chairman of the Madison Project, Jim offers insights and first hand experiences into the functions of our Government and why there is a need to engage in the political process.
Jim represented the United States of America on three Olympic teams and held numerous world records in the mile, 1500 meters, 800 meters and 880 yards. He was the first high school boy to run the mile in under 4 minutes in June, 1964. His achievements to this day garner media attention, having begun with ABC's Wide World of Sports and the Today Show, continuing with appearances on Fox News, ESPN, and the 700 Club. He has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated 7 times, Newsweek, Runners's World, Parade Magazine, and featured in many newspaper and magazine articles pertaining to his running career as well as his expertise as a sitting Congressman.
Over the last 50 years he has spoken to thousands at various conferences, workshops, clinics, running camps, churches, prayer breakfasts, men's conferences, and political meetings. He is a frequent contributor to running and Christian publications. He has authored with his sons and wife a number of books, the most recent "Courage to Run" is a 60 day devotional reflecting on his life as an athlete, parent, and Congressman.