Kerri Kinzell joined the Black Hills Runners Club in April
of 2012. She holds a MSW degree in Social Work from the University of Wyoming and
started employment at the Crisis Care Center in Rapid City in March 2012. The Center is affiliated with Behavior
Management Systems. Her work schedule
was 24 hours on and 48 hours off with every third week having five days off.
The work schedule was starting to affect her health and running, so in December
2013 she switched jobs and is now working at the VA. She splits her time
between Rapid City and Fort Meade.
Scheduling events initially was tricky with her work
schedule, but hopefully now that will change. She did her first Trail Series in
2013. She had never run trail runs before moving to South Dakota.
Originally, Kerri was raised on a farm in Western North
Dakota. She was introduced to
running while living in Worland, Wyoming as an outlet and it just soared from
there. She continues to maintain contact with those individuals who introduced
her to running and who have inspired her to keep setting goals for herself.
Kerri’s husband Scott is a good support to her and
encourages her to keep running as well.
Her advice to new runners is to get a mentor and to prevent
injuries by doing strength training. Goals motive her and Kerri finds that she
is more likely to stick with a plan if she has something to work towards. Kerri
finds a mentor provides accountability and someone to run with on a regular
basis. She stated; “if you know someone else is waiting for you to be there,
it’s hard to not show up.”
Kerri’s job can be stressful at times, so she uses running
as an outlet and release. She’s always had the desire to run, but never thought
she could until she had the right training and supports. Although she can’t
take time she wishes she had started long ago. Her only goal now is to look
forward and to keep setting new goals for herself.