ROAR 2022
    The Ryan O'Malley '99 Memorial Scholarship

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    The 4th Annual Ryan O'Malley Annual Ride

    August 2, 2022 UPDATE:

    John O’Malley ’87, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Retired, is recovering from injuries he sustained in an accident while riding in an ultra-distance cycling race and raising money for a University memorial scholarship honoring his brother.

    After riding for more than a month in the Tour Divide, a 2,745-mile cycling race from Alberta, Canada, to New Mexico, in support of the fourth Ryan O’Malley Annual Ride (ROAR), a fundraiser for the Ryan T. O’Malley ’99 Memorial Scholarship at the University, O’Malley was involved in an accident near Silver City, New Mexico, about 125 miles from the race’s finish line in the early morning hours of July 15. According to the O’Malley family, John was found by two motorists who spotted him on the side of the road and alerted the police.

    According to a GoFundMe page set up by Katie O’Malley, John’s daughter, to help with their family’s medical expenses, “John was airlifted from the scene in New Mexico and taken to an intensive care unit/trauma center in El Paso, Texas.

    “We have since learned that he has endured a traumatic brain injury.”

    Although John can’t recall the events surrounding the accident, he publicly thanked the Silver City police officers who assisted him in a Facebook post dated July 26.

    “I am most grateful for their decisiveness and professionalism as a CT scan revealed a subdural hematoma,” he wrote. “I still have no idea how nor when I sustained these injuries.

    “At this point, I’m heartbroken that I didn’t finish the race, but happy to be under great care (with) a great prognosis to return soon and get ‘er done! The silver lining to all of this is that we raised over 12k for the Ryan T. O’Malley Memorial Scholarship fund at The University of Scranton allowing students in need the opportunity to get a college education.”

    According to John “Jack” O’Malley, Ph.D. ’64, professor of psychology emeritus at the University and John’s father, John was transferred from the University Medical Center of El Paso to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs July 27, and he was released to his home in Monument, Colorado July 30, where he will continue outpatient physical therapy.

    “His recovery has been remarkable!” Dr. O’Malley said. “Everyone has been so kind, and we deeply appreciate the caring and prayers.”

    According to several recent Facebook posts and comments made by John and his circle of friends, he remains an inspiration to many, and he plans to dedicate himself fully to healing and recovering until he’s ready to race again.

    “I’m headed back to Silver City to finish this baby!” he wrote in a Facebook comment July 30.

    ***Important Update***

    As many of you know, John O’Malley ’87, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Retired, embarked upon The Tour Divide, an annual ultra-distance cycling race that sees participants traverse the Rocky Mountains from Alberta, Canada, to New Mexico, June 10 in support of ROAR: The Ryan O'Malley Annual Ride benefitting the Ryan T. O’Malley ’99 Memorial Scholarship at The University of Scranton. Sadly, on Friday, July 15, John was struck by a car near El Paso, Texas, about 150 miles from the finish of the Tour Divide.

    From John's Family:
    John is hospitalized in El Paso. While it is still early, each day brings new, positive signs.  John is strong and resilient, and we are optimistic that he will be okay.  We will post updates on his progress.


    John shared the following message via Facebook July 21:

    A dispatch from the wild…

    Dear family and friends,

    I am humbled by the love and support I’m receiving. I still don’t know what happened to me on the Tour Divide, the greatest adventure by bike on planet Earth. There apparently is no official police report accounting for what happened. What I do know is that I was found by a kind couple in Silver City, NM, the final waypoint before the finish, with my bike and body all busted up. I was evacuated to the university hospital in El Paso which specializes in brain trauma. I am receiving world class care by the staff here. The good news is my brain is very small, so they can spend time with other patients. The sad news is I didn’t finish the race - yet so close. I vow to do so when in a better physical and mental state. You know I will like a good lion would. The silver lining in all of this news is that we raised over 12k in pledges for my baby brother Ryan’s memorial Scholarship fund at The University of Scranton, my main reason for doing the race. … The next steps involve getting my bike and SAT Tracker back so I can see what exact point I left the race course so I can go back and finish this thing!!!!!!!!!!!


    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.

    Track John and all competitors progress here!

    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.

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