Over the past ten years, family and friends of Ryan O'Malley have come together to raise over $150,000 for a memorial scholarship at The University of Scranton in his memory. Although 2017 was the last year for the 5K, the O'Malley family has again decided to continue raising funds for the scholarship, this year through the 4th Annual ROAR: Ryan O'Malley Annual Ride. Ryan's brother, John '87, for the third time, will be riding in Ryan's memory. This year proves to be the toughest challenge yet: the "Tour Divide", an annual ultra-distance cycling race traversing the length of the Rocky Mountains, through Canada, all the way to the U.S/Mexico boarder in New Mexico.
John will begin his trek on June 10, completely self-supported. The trail stretches roughly 2,745 miles, passing through Canada and the U.S., through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. A test of endurance, self-reliance and mental toughness, the ride format is strictly self-supported, and intended to be ridden solo. The race clock runs 24 hours a day and riders are allowed no outside support other than access to public facilities that are available to everyone. Cyclists carry all camping equipment and enough food and water to go the distance, resupplying where and whenever possible. Throughout the route riders encounter remote mountain wilderness, pristine river valleys, open grasslands, high desert and low desert- tempered with the risk of mechanical failure or injury, bears, poor weather, and long distances between resupply towns.
On behalf of the O'Malley family, and in Ryan's memory, please consider making a donation in any amount, which will in turn directly impact the scholarship fund and help Scranton students in need.
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About the Ryan O'Malley '99 Memorial Scholarship
The University of Scranton is proud to honor the memory of Ryan Thomas O’Malley ’99 through the establishment of The Ryan T. O’Malley ’99 Memorial Scholarship. In commemoration of their loving son, Dr. John ’64 and Mrs. Helene O’Malley with Ryan’s siblings - John, Ed, Julie, Diane, and Erin - established this scholarship fund which will enable computer science students with an interest in running who have limited resources to attend The University of Scranton.