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Ryan Shrum is our 36th Featured Runner!
By John Hunt
Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - by John Hunt

This isn’t your typical running feature story.

We all know that every runner has a story.  Some are more interesting and amazing than others, but everyone has a different take on what running means to them and how it has impacted his or her own life.

Such is the case with Ryan Shrum.

Ryan has lived in Chattanooga since 1982 after spending his childhood in Indiana.

As is the case with a lot of young boys who grew up in the Hoosier state, Ryan was hoping to one day be a great basketball player.

“I loved basketball and would play for hours on end, but I was never any good.  I just didn’t have the skills necessary,” he said while relaxing in the lobby of the downtown YMCA Wednesday afternoon.

Shrum later graduated from Rossville High School in 1986 and he played football, basketball and baseball for the Bulldogs.  It was there where he was introduced to running as he was a miler on the track team.

Ryan was married for a time in earlier years and is the proud father of two children, 29-year-old Seth, and Madison, a daughter who just turned 19. 

Ryan’s life went in the wrong direction at that time and he started hanging out with the wrong crowd and making bad decisions.  It eventually came to a head and that’s when the slender 47-year-old fellow decided to make some changes.....

Find out what Ryan is up to these days by checking out the full article in the Chattanoogan:

(This is the 36th in a series of features on runners in the Chattanooga area.  If you know someone who might make an interesting story, email John Hunt at


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