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About Alison Ryan

Alison Ryan is a northwest native currently residing in the Portland Metro area. She loves supporting her home teams; rooting for the Portland Timbers, Seattle Seahawks and Mariners. She is currently pursuing a degree in psychology, with a long term goal of providing mental health aid to current and veteran military service members. When she isn’t working at a local medical clinic, she enjoys running as well as other outdoor sports such as hiking, kayaking, and what she generously likes to call mountain biking. In addition to work and school, and with the aid of copious amounts of coffee, Alison says that interviewing and writing about inspirational athletes is a rewarding and uplifting challenge. She is grateful and excited to be a member of the Purpose 2 Play team.

Jami Marseilles, First Female Bilateral Amputee Marathon Runner, Shows Best Parts of Humanity

July 5, 20160

  By Alison Ryan Jami Goldman-Marseilles, a 47-year-old kindergarten teacher in Orange County, California, has a list of accomplishments that read like a backstory for a character in an inspirational
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Retired Marine Capt. Eric McElvenny Now Decorated Amputee Ironman

January 4, 20160

By Alison Ryan As children, we inherently know and disregard that while learning to run, we may fall. Yet as we age, many of us begin to fear failure, and
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Endurance Athlete Iron Cowboy Completes 50 Ironmans in 50 Days across 50 States

October 25, 20150

By Alison Ryan When endurance athlete and family man, James Lawrence of Orem, Utah, set out to accomplish his most recent physical feat, he was told it couldn’t be done.
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Sophie Radcliffe Started With No Fitness Background, Now Climbing And Cycling Europe’s Highest Peaks

August 7, 20150

She began in 2013 by resigning from a stable job in search of a more adventurous and fulfilling lifestyle. Since taking the plunge, Sophie Radcliffe, 30, has become an adventure
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‘Murderball’ Rugby Athlete Eric Newby Crushes Stereotypes and Competition

June 4, 20150

By Alison Ryan Don’t let the wheelchair fool you: Eric Newby is a hardcore rugby player. “Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time,” is the main message for players in
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Mountaineer and Hemophiliac Chris Bombardier to Conquer Highest Summit on Each Continent

June 2, 20152

“Whatever your excuse is, it’s time to stop believing it.” These are the greeting words on Chris Bombardier’s blog, Adventures of a Hemophiliac. It is also the message he is
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Navy Officer Mitch Harris Tries His Arm for the Cardinals and a MLB Dream

February 14, 20150

Most dreams take a little luck, and a whole lot of hard work to achieve. When their dream is faced with a challenge, a person has a few options: they
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Amy Hughes Ran 53 Marathons In 53 Days To Break The Men’s, Women’s World Record

January 5, 20150

As the New Year begins, many people find themselves inspired to lace up their trainers and recommit to their fitness. The commitment can wane, however, if inspiration dwindles amid everyday
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Sikhism And Running: A Perfect Match

November 24, 20141

For most people in America, seeing their neighbor step outside to go for a run could be considered commonplace; that is, unless your neighbor rocks a turban and beard like
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