Kevin Barry Ryan (born 22 July 1949 in Auckland) is a retired male long-distance runner from New Zealand, who represented his native country in the men's marathon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was also a member of the ill-fated 1980 Olympic team which at the last minute boycotted the Moscow Olympics in support of the USA's boycott.

Furthermore, he was a member of the NZ team at three consecutive Commonwealth Games, starting in 1974. In 1983 he won the Honolulu Marathon.

During most of his career Ryan was coached by the New Zealand legend, Barry Magee, who had also been a world class marathoner during the height of his career.

In 1978 Ryan held the number 10 world ranking in the marathon for his effort in the Boston Marathon, which saw him place sixth in a time of 2:11:44. In 1979 Kevin held the world ranking of 22nd for his time of 2:12:33 in the Fukuoka Marathon.

Ryan ran many marathons during his career, a few of which are listed below:


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  New Zealand
1975 NZ Games Marathon 1st Marathon 2:14:30
Australian Marathon 1st Marathon 2:13:15
Boston Marathon Boston, United States 6th Marathon 2:11:43
1978 Commonwealth Games Edmonton, Canada 4th Marathon 2:17:16
1978 Foamu Marathon 9th Marathon 2:12:30
1979 NZ Wiri Marathon 1st Marathon 2:12:11
1981 Toronto Marathon Toronto, Canada 1st Marathon 2:13:26
1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 5th Marathon 2:13:42
1983 Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, United States 1st Marathon 2:20:19