The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 24, 2014

Getting ready for the brrr

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — For Ryan Veenstra, running is a way to stay fit and burn off steam.

“Kind of turn off the outside world for a couple of minutes,” Ryan said.

While the 34-year-old Clinton man does not get to run as often as he would like, he has participated in several races. Ryan has ran in the Bix and some triathalons. He has also participated in Clinton Community College’s B-rrry Scurry for five years.

“It’s a nice event,” Ryan said.

As a graduate of CCC, Ryan likes to support the annual event. This year’s 4-mile B-rrry Scurry will begin at noon Saturday, Feb. 1. Proceeds from the run/walk benefit CCC students through scholarships.

Ryan graduated from CCC in 1999, before attending the Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He has worked at Snell-Zornig Funeral Home for 17 years, since he was a senior at Clinton High School.

Ryan was first drawn to the funeral home business after his grandfather died. Interacting with the funeral director sparked his interest, which he pursued. He currently serves as funeral director and partner in Snell-Zornig.

Ryan is looking forward to next week’s B-rrry Scurry. Despite the time of the year, he said most years the cold weather is manageable while he is running. He typically finishes the event within 30 to 35 minutes.

In his free time, Ryan is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoys photography and spending time with family and friends.

Ryan and his wife, Whitney, are currently awaiting the arrival of their second child in February. Whitney is a fifth-grade teacher in Camanche.

The couple has a 5-year-old daughter, Olivia, who has already participated in a couple of local children’s runs.