September 2015 – Dan Bjerke

September 2015 – Dan Bjerke Q. Where are you from originally and what are you doing now? A. I grew up on the Coteau de Prairie east of Watertown, SD. I attended Clear Lake High School, South Dakota State University and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology where I received a Master’s Degree in…

April 2015 – Carisa Gerving

April 2015 – Carisa Gerving Q. Where are you from originally and what are you doing now? A. I was born on the Ellsworth Air Force Base and I have lived in Rapid City the majority of my life. I have worked for Child Protection Services for 7 years. Q. What do you do when you’re…

April 2015 – Mark Zwaschka

April 2015 – Mark Zwaschka I was born and raised in Comfrey, Minnesota, growing up on a dairy farm. I have two degrees in geology from UM-Duluth and Auburn University, Alabama and have spent most of my career in exploration and mine geology at various areas all across the US. My wife, Jessica, and I moved…

February 2015 – Erika Winchester

February 2015 – Erika Winchester I was born and raised in Rapid City. I have two children Grace (21) and Graham (16). When my children were small I started my own In-Home Daycare so that I could be with my kids. Eighteen years later I’m still going strong. When I’m not running I enjoy camping, snowmobiling,…

December 2014 – Mary Mickley

December 2014 – Mary Mickley Originally from Parkston, SD, Mary has 7 brothers (1 deceased) and 3 sisters. She moved back to SD from CA in 1993, had wanted to live in Sioux Falls, but there were no nursing jobs. After interviewing in Rapid City at Regional in July of 1993, she moved that September. She…

November 2014 – Bob Whay

November 2014 – Bob Whay Originally from Pasadena, Maryland, Bob has been living in the Black Hills for almost 28 years, and loves it here. He spends his day as a ramp agent for Fedex and has a daughter Maddy, who lives with him. She is also an avid runner and participates in many of the…

September 2014-Jackie Chant

September 2014-Jackie Chant Jackie’s hometown is Crosby, Texas. She and her husband, Vaughan met in the Air Force, have been married for 12 years and have a son Elijah, who she describes as a “super silly 7 year old who is the perfect combination of us both.” Jackie’s first and only marathon, and the farthest…

June 2014-Robert & Bunny Robertson

June 2014-Robert & Bunny Robertson Robert Robertson I’m originally from the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe; Bunny is from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. We grew up in the Rapid City area. We have two children and two granddaughters. I am Active Duty South Dakota Army National Guard, and Bunny works for Rural American Initiatives. We enjoy…

April 2014-Mari Ascherin

April 2014-Mari Ascherin Mari’s hometown is Pierre, SD. She and her husband Mark moved to Rapid City (from Mitchell, SD) in 2012. Both are outdoor enthusiasts and spend their time running, hiking, biking, and four wheeling – with their 3 dogs (Dakota, Buck and Maddie). Mari works in the field of Occupational Health, Safety and…

February 2014-Kerri Kinzell

February 2014-Kerri Kinzell 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…