Ryan Vail

Ryan Patrick Vail (born March 19, 1986)[1] is an American long distance runner.[2] Vail had a college running career at Oklahoma State University, where his success led him to road race competitively.[3] He is best known for blogging his high mileage training.[4] He has been featured in publications such as Runner's World for his training methods.[5] Vail also works for Brooks Sports as a sponsored athlete.[6] He is married to his former Oklahoma State cross-country teammate, Eva Tomankova.[7]

Ryan Vail
Personal information
Born (1986-03-19) March 19, 1986 (age 34)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Long Distance Running

Running career

Vail began training year around during his junior year at Centennial High School.[8] He then went on to Oklahoma State University where he was the leader of the 2009 NCAA Cross Country National Championship team.[9] Immediately after graduating from Oklahoma State, Vail signed a contract with Brooks Sports.[6] Vail participated in the 2012 Olympic Trials, where he was a top finisher.[9] Vail was also the top American finisher in the 2013 New York Marathon,[10] and at the 2014 London Marathon, where he finished 10th in 2' 10" 57, his personal best.

Personal records

Awards and achievements


Vail is known for his blog, ryanvail.blogspot.com. He first began blogging in 2012.[14] Vail keeps a record of his training and upcoming races through his blog. He also shares his workout regiments he completed that day. Vail offers advice and gives fellow runners pointers on what gear is the best on the market. Fans have the ability to communicate with Vail through the comments section in his blog. They can also communicate through his Twitter, @ryanvail.

See also


  1. "Profile of Ryan VAIL | All-Athletics.com". all-athletics.com. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  2. "Ryan Vail: The Next Breakthrough U.S. Marathoner? | Runner's World". runnersworld.com. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  3. "Ryan Vail". Runner's World. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  4. "Ryan Vail". Runner's World. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  5. Cooper, Bob (June 2013). "Follow the Leader". Runner's World. 48 (6): 34.
  6. "Distance Standout Ryan Vail Re-Signs with Brooks Running". Brooks Running. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  7. Huebner, Barbara. "5 things you should know about me: Ryan Vail". New York Road Runners. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  8. Goe, Ken (April 16, 2014). "They haven't forgotten marathon runner Ryan Vail at Centennial High School; Oregon track & field rundown". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  9. "Ryan Vail: Bio". blogspot. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  10. "New York, Take 2: Interview with Ryan Vail - Competitor.com". running.competitor.com. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  11. "Ryan Vail Runner profile on Association of Road Racing Statisticians". ARRS. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  12. "Ryan Vail: Bio". blogspot. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  13. "2009 USA Cross Country Championships Results - Open Men Results Updated 2/9/09". usatf.org. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  14. "Ryan Vail". Blogger. Retrieved August 31, 2015.