Dirt in Your Skirt Ambassador – Keri Strand


We received over 50 applications and narrowed it down to a team of eight amazing women. It was incredibly challenging and every applicant men and women would have been a great representation for Dirt in Your Skirt. Today we welcome the seventh Dirt in Your Skirt Ambassador, Keri Strand.

Keri Strand

563304_4594358692963_1553549243_nAge: 39

Height: 5’4″

Hometown: Sandy, Utah

Sports of Choice: Obstacle Course Racing, and CrossFit


About Keri in her own words: “My most important job right now is being a mother to three wonderful boys, ages 16, 14, and 9, and wife to my best friend and husband of 20 years.  I also have my own personal training business called FitbyKeri.  I love helping others feel as healthy as I do.  But I also like to play!  I’ll be turning 40 this year and I’m devoting this momentous year to Spartan Races and whatever else that stumbles into my path that looks like a fun challenge!”

537079_4594359532984_1480618611_nKeri started her obstacle racing career in Miami and recently returned back to her roots just outside of Salt Lake City. She is a mother of three and recently celebrated her twentieth wedding anniversary. Keri feels right at home obstacle course racing as she grew up on a diary farm and in her words “the farm was my playground”. She grew up climbing trees, playing how in haystacks, and scaling up grain silos. A perfect background to build off of for racing. She has been a stay home mom until her kids went off to school, looking for a new adventure she decided to follow her fitness passion and became a personal trainer.

Meeting Keri today you would never know she once was known not for athletics but marching band, band, pep band, orchestra and choir. She was a self proclaimed band geek even receiving a music scholarship to college for French Horn. She recently shocked her classmates at a twenty year reunion, when old friends found out the former band geek was now a personal trainer and OCR enthusiast.

199733_3947004394260_1486915619_nKeri today when not training clients, focuses on her family and volunteers as a Den Mother for Boy Scouts of America. This year she plans to tackle Reebok Spartan Races in Southern California, Arizona, Florida, Los Vegas, Montana, Utah, Monterey and Vermont. She is also competing in the Dirty Girl Run and Dirty Dash here in Utah. We are excited to have her on the team and her to share he knowledge of training and sport!


Margaret Schlachter

About Margaret Schlachter

Margaret Schlachter is Founder of She has been part of the OCR Community since 2010. When not working on the next article she can be found running from race-to-race. She is Editor-in-Chief of She authored the book Obstacle Race Training.
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