R.T. Rybak tackles the bike leg of the 2012 Life Time Fitness Tri in Minneapolis. PHOTO BY BRUCE ADELSMAN/SKINNYSKI.COM
R.T. Rybak tackles the bike leg of the 2012 Life Time Fitness Tri in Minneapolis. PHOTO BY BRUCE ADELSMAN/SKINNYSKI.COM
Former Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak’s energy and passion for the silent sports lifestyle is clearly evident in the Twin Cities more than two years after his decade in office ended. Rybak, 58, credits the area’s hard-working silent sports advocates for much of what was accomplished. But it was he who ultimately removed so many roadblocks, opened new areas and promoted fun events for bicyclists, cross-country skiers and runners.
  
Since Rybak took office in 2002, snowmaking efforts started at various parks to cover Nordic ski trails, the very successful City of Lakes Loppet was created, new mountain bike trails appeared, a bikeshare program commenced and, not surprisingly, Minneapolis-St.Paul has ranked among the healthiest metro areas in America.

Ben Popp, executive director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, praised Rybak. “He was a great leader and voice for the silent sports community. His support and actions were enormously beneficial to the development of silent sports in an urban setting.”

Rybak’s interest in increasing opportunities for the enjoyment of silent sports stems from his own active participation.

The entirety of Eve Graves' profile of R.T. Rybak appears in the June 2014 print edition of Silent Sports. To order a copy, call 888-706-4045 or subscribe online here.