Name: Ginny Kelly
Occupation: Chattanooga Football Club Sponsorship Director
Years running: 35 years running. 8 years trail running.
Why do you run?
Why do you run? I grew up in Oxford, MS, where my Dad coached football at Ole Miss. He taught me athletic intensity and a never quit attitude that was balanced out by my saxophone-playing, baton-twirling Mom, who gave me my odd sense of humor and continually encouraged me to try new things. Trail running combines the combination of my parents: testing limits while laughing and crying for miles and miles. And of course, being out on a trail is pure magic!
Favorite places to run:
Lookout Mountain and Prentice Cooper, and Sinks Canyon in Lander, WY.
Drinking 7 beers immediately after the Georgia Jewel 35 miler and feeling like a million bucks the next day!
Toughest moment during a run/race?
A DNF. I cried for about 2 hours.
Goals for 2017:
Stay injury free! I’ll be running a half and full marathon in NYC, a 21K in Argentina, a 50K in Wyoming, and random races here and there.
Tips for new runners?
Be patient. Ask questions. Take in your surroundings.