3,000 Miles of
Atlantic Ocean.
In a rowboat.


The ROW4ALS team is training to do something that has never been done before–cross the Atlantic Ocean with a rower living with ALS.

The race is the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Complete self support, 3,000 miles, in a carbon-fiber rowboat.

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We are currently seeking sponsors to support the Row4ALS team’s efforts. Your brand can be part of our journey. Beyond logo placement and media mentions, you can be part of a compelling story with your allocated funds. Be one of the first to come aboard and make history sponsoring Row4ALS, the first team with an ALS-diagnosed rower to participate in the 2018 Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000-mile rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean.

Thank you to our sponsors. These companies and individuals believe in the power of the human spirit and have chosen to be part of the ROW4ALS journey.



    Tim Ryan Team Leader

    What do owning a chain of sports bars and the Atlantic Challenge have in common?  Well, for one thing, they both end in Talisker Whiskey.  Or perhaps they start there.  Or both.

    Tim Ryan has been busy the 10 last years building Bout Time Pub & Grub, which is a small chain of sports bars in Utah and Colorado.  A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and later, the school of life, Tim and his business partner started the business with a single, tiny pub that has today grown to 13 locations with over 300 employees serving thousands of guests.

    While away from work, Tim is active with his local gym, 212 fitness, where he enjoys insane workouts and the opportunity to participate in many athletic and social endeavors.  Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, Envis Race and others are all under his belt. But the most rewarding events are Push to the Finish, Hunstman Cancer 5k and National Veterans Wheelchair Games that assist others in completing their own race.

    Tim is supported in this great adventure by his wife of 25 years, Crista and their 19-year-old twins Mallory and TJ.

    “What began as a personal challenge to complete the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge has grown to an epic adventure by a group of friends to find a cure for ALS in a most unconventional manner.”


    Alan Alderman Chief Inspiration Officer

    Alan is a Utah native.  Born in Salt Lake City, he grew up in the Northern Utah town of Logan.  He was active growing up and lettered in Football, Wrestling, and Track in high school.  He attended Utah State University graduating with a B.A. in Business with an emphasis in Finance.  After graduation Alan moved to Orange County, California and pursued a career in Banking and Consumer Finance.  In 2000 he returned to Utah to raise his young family.

    One year after returning to Utah he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  After his diagnosis he determined that ALS might take his life, but it would not destroy it!  For the past 16 years he has been fighting against ALS.  He has been active in fundraising, advocacy, and raising awareness for ALS.

    A father and grandfather, Alan’s joy comes from his three children, Breanna, Justin, Jessica, his granddaughter Kayleigh, his parents and sisters, and close friends.  Alan tries to live by four F’s; Faith, Family, Friends, and Finding a cure for ALS.

    “I row to raise funds for ALS research and to raise awareness about ALS!  I row for all of my fellow persons with ALS who have bravely faced this disease!  I row for all of my friends who have completed their journey with ALS!  I row for all of those people that have been robbed of their ability to walk, talk, eat, or move at all!  I row because I can!  I may be disabled, but that does not mean I am unable!“


    Dale Smith

    I was born and raised in Southern California but moved to Utah to ski bum in 1975.  When the snow melted I enrolled at the University of Utah for my undergraduate studies and then onto Colorado State University for veterinary school.  I have had a veterinary orthopedic surgery practice in Salt Lake City since 1991.  I stay fit by running and enjoying the many adventures that Utah has to offer.  I met Tim Ryan 5 years ago at our gym, 212 Fitness.  I was approached by Tim at a party with the question “If you could have the adventure of a lifetime but needed to take 3 months off work, would you do it?”  Without pause I said “yes!”  After receiving an email the next day with links to the Talisker Whisky Challenge I must admit I had some reservations.  However, after meeting Alan Alderman all hesitation vanished.  Alan is a remarkable individual with boundless enthusiasm and an infectious smile.  Oh yeah, he also happens to have ALS.  I am proud and privileged to be part of the ROW4ALS crew.

    Ted Waldo

    William "Teddy" Waldo has been sailing the waters of the BVI's since the early 1990s when he was three. He became a first mate at age 11 and completed his keel boat training at 16. He graduated High School as Valedictorian at 17 and attended both Middlebury College and Northern Arizona University but his passion for both the sea and the friendly culture and people of the British Virgin Islands brought him back to the Islands. He began his captaining career in early 2012 when he began work for a prominent BVI based charter company . He was able to exponentially expand both his sailing experience and practical knowledge of the Voyage boats by working in many different capacities for the company for over four years. When not on charter, Teddy worked with the maintenance team as well as did briefings for clients chartering vessels as bareboat captains. He currently has a 200 ton commercial license, is a PADI certified Advanced Open Water Diver and has completed his Marine Safety STCW 10 in addition to his training in First Aid and Security.

    While on charter, Teddy's easy going nature, patience and sense of balancing both safety, and fun allow guests to fully enjoy their vacation. His mastery of the boat systems makes guests feel at ease and his expert knowledge of the islands and their waters adds something special to each voyage. The eldest of five, Ted is excellent with children and enjoys opening their eyes to the wonders of the ocean. Whether guests enjoy lounging in a secluded bay, snorkeling a beautiful coral reef or a shipwreck, sailing fast on a beam reach, lazily traveling downwind or finding the best place to enjoy a cocktail, Teddy knows just how to help guests realize their ideal vacation.


    Steve Sawaya

    Steve grew up boating and has always loved being on the water, although he usually has an engine under him. He met Tim and Dale at our local gym, 212° Fitness and when the ROW4ALS Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge was being discussed he knew he wanted in that boat.

    When he’s not on the water or on his rowing machine Steve is at the computer. His company, Sawaya Consulting, has been creating websites, apps, and user interfaces for more than 10 years. He’s been involved in several startups and has some pretty interesting cyber threat stories.

    Steve missed out on a couple years of his life while struggling with what would eventually be a Crohn’s diagnosis. Thanks to the right combination of doctors and modern medicine he is in remission. He realized it’s now or never to do something this insane and is happy to row his share of the 3,000 miles to help raise awareness and funds for ALS.

    His shore crew consists of his incredible partner, Amber Sawaya, their two giant cats, and a tight-knit group of friends and family.



    Mike Goldstein

    Michael I. Goldstein (Mike) has traveled about 9,000 miles by canoe, rafted and raft guided for years, and more recently paddle boarded in oceans and rivers. Having earned an MS in Environmental Toxicology and a PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Mike serves as a planner and biologist for the US Forest Service in Juneau, Alaska. Mike has worked on many applied management issues across terrestrial and aquatic systems, addressing pesticides, dispersed recreation, development, timber harvest, and other forms of resource extraction. Mike has published numerous articles and helped steer climate adaptation conferences. Mike is on the editorial board of Elsevier’s major reference work Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences as the ecology and conservation editor, served as co-editor-in-chief of this Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene and co-editor of the Anthropocene’s Climate Change volume, and currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of the World's Biomes and editor of the Biomes section on Islands and Atols. In his spare time, Mike coaches skiing, enjoys fishing and camping in remote places, designing and building playgrounds, and teaching his three children about the wonders of life. Mike hopes this journey helps continue to teach his children that giving is a way of life.
Tim RyanAlan AldermanDale SmithTed WaldoSteve SawayaMike Goldstein



The ROW4ALS Story

Our story actually started on a warm fall afternoon in September of 2001. After 2 months of seeing about a dozen different doctors and other medical professionals, and more tests than one can imagine, Alan Alderman sat in a small examination room of a local neurologist. The doctor had just finished an EMG and asked […]



We couldn’t do this without the moral and in-kind support
of the following people and companies.

Amber Sawaya

Crista Ryan

Lynn Keough

Cynthia Swan

Andrea Davis

Skip Renza

Seth Christensen

Amy Christensen

Jennifer Ahlstrom

Kim Love


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