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Integrated Running educates and inspires people with depression to blend aerobic exercise into their daily lives to promote enduring wellness.

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People have long suspected that exercise has a beneficial effect on mood. Recently scientific studies have shown overwhelming evidence that aerobic exercise lessens the symptoms of depression. In many cases, regular aerobic exercise can be as effective, or even more effective, than the use of medication in the treatment on depression. Whether you are interested in using exercise in combination with medication and/or talk therapy, or as a primary intervention, Integrated Running camps can help you to understand not only why exercise is so beneficial, but how to incorporate it into your daily life and depression treatment plan.


Our goal is to help people with mild to moderate depression enjoy walking and running as part of their treatment. Starting a regular exercise plan is always difficult, as several barriers exist to doing so. We will help you overcome these difficulties with expert advice on building training plans, fitting exercise into tight schedules, and maintaining motivation. Integrated Running approaches wellness for people with depression from multiple directions. Our running and physical therapy experts will teach running progression strategies and injury prevention exercises. Our psychiatrists will discuss psychoeducation and teach treatment techniques which work well in conjunction with aerobic exercise. Medical doctor and former professional cook, Andrea Cady, will examine dietary health and teach interested participants efficient methods of cooking nutritious meals.

 Is Integrated Running Right for Me?

Integrated Running provides a safe, intimate atmosphere in which to learn. Each three-day retreat provides ten participants with practical group lessons and plenty of free time for individual campers to work one on one with staff members. You can find more details regarding camp activities and structure under our Camp Schedule tab. Accommodations are rustic, with dormitory-style sleeping arrangements, and camper participation in light clean-up following meals. Serious running experience is not required. If you are capable of walking or jogging 3 miles over uneven ground, with breaks for physical and mental health exercises, you have all you need to enjoy Integrated Running. We hope that participants will not only grow individually, but will connect with one another in mutual support. As participants of the July camp live in Gallatin Country, and the October camp, Park county, you are likely to meet a fellow attendee or two with whom you will share many miles in the future. To ensure continued motivation for exercise following each retreat members have the option to join a secure, private social media group to continue connections with other participants and staff members. Integrated Running will post positive exercise-inspiring messages and links to related resources from time to time following camp on this platform.

 In Conclusion

All people deserve the opportunity to thrive. If depression affects your life and you are interested in learning how to incorporate aerobic exercise into your treatment plan, please contact us. Integrated Running aims to promote wellness which endures well beyond your three-day camp experience.

Designed by world renowned ultra-runner and depression survivor Nikki Kimball, as well as physicians and therapists who are also athletes.

The Integrated Running Camp is for men and women, ages 18 and older, who enjoy physical activity and struggle with mental illness.

Integrated Running Camp Details

Participants will have the opportunity to explore this beautiful terrain running while also participating in psychoeducation groups, mindfulness sessions and focused mental health treatment. Each camp will cost $200/person. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Our 3-day camps will be held on July 7-9, 2017 and October 13-15, 2017.


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Located in beautiful southwest Montana surrounded by mountains and wilderness. Our July camp will be held in Pony, MT and our October camp will be held in Gardiner, MT.


The camp will be held in Pony, MT – 55 miles west of Bozeman, MT.

Camping is also an option if that is preferable.

Camp headquarters will be located in an historic house in downtown Pony.

Meals will be prepared on site.

Participants will need to share rooms with up to three other participants of the same gender.

Vegetarian and meat options will be provided.

2018 DATES

September 14-16. Look for Integrated Running weekly group runs starting in July, 2018.


Anne Rich, MD

Dr. Anne Rich, MD is the integrated behavioral health specialist at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. In conjunction with her hospital duties, she is an assistant professor and associate director of psychiatry clerkship at the University of Washington. Her interest in education has deep roots and includes teaching at the universities of Utah and Vermont. She spent three years as the director of medical student education in psychiatry at the University of Vermont. She has done research in depression and breast cancer, psychiatric illness in pregnancy and educational topics in psychiatry. Anne loves running and recently completed her first 50 mile race on one of the highest altitude 50 mile courses in the US. She also enjoys skiing, camping and cycling with her family in Bozeman.

Nikki Kimball, MSPT

Nikki Kimball, MSPT, is a Bozeman based physical therapist specializing in the treatment of running injuries. Her professional running career spans over a decade and a half and includes wins at the most prestigious trail ultramarathons and stage races in the world. She is an outspoken advocate of for mental health, having openly discussed her life-long experience with depression in print, online and film media. Her public speaking about using running as part of her depression management spans four continents, and she hopes to use her running career to further destigmatize mental illness and improve access to treatment for others with depression.

Andrea Cady, MD

Dr. Andrea Cady, MD is the founding partner of Bozeman Creek Family Medicine in Bozeman, MT. Her clinical interests include women’s health, mental health and sports and diving medicine. She also enjoys providing medical support for ultramarathon and expedition runs. Outside of work, she is currently restoring the Isdell-Adkins House in Pony, MT and excited to host the first Integrated Running camp there in July. She loves Pony, as it provides a beautiful gateway to her favorite mountain range, the Tobacco Root mountains in Southwest Montana. To support her own mental health, she loves to have outdoor adventures, be it on foot, skis or any vehicle with two wheels, both in the US and abroad.

Justin Short

Justin Short, MPH, LCSW, OSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker and certified oncology social worker who owns Ridgeline Counseling Services, LLC in Bozeman, MT. He believes the power to heal the mind and body intrinsically exists within all of us. His comprehensive approach and philosophy toward wellness includes mindfulness meditation, body-centered therapy, physical exercise, holistic nutrition, spiritual enhancement, and a variety of integrated behavioral health practices. Justin’s passion for running began in high school where he ran competitively in cross-country. Since then he has completed a variety of road marathons and several 50k trail runs and feels most at peace when he is running in the mountains with his wife and one-eyed dog Franklin.

Sarah Keller, PhD

Dr. Sarah N. Keller is Professor of Communication at Montana State University Billings, where she teaches graduate- and undergraduate-level public relations and social marketing. She has dedicated her research and teaching to understanding the risk factors involved in health behavior, and developing interventions to influence such risk factors. Her health communication curriculum has been well attended by students and enthusiastically received by the community, resulting in mass media campaigns for HIV testing, domestic violence prevention, pedestrian transportation, and reducing other types of risk behaviors. Grant support has been demonstrated by the ongoing sponsorship from St. Vincent Healthcare, the American Advertising Federation, the Montana Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Justice, Montana State University, Big Sky Senior Services, the National Highway Safety and Transportation Administration, etc.

John Ornate, MD

Dr. John Onate, MD is the co-lead physician for the Integrated Behavioral Health Clinic at the Sacramento County Primary Care Center. He is also the faculty advisor for the UC Davis School of Medicine chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He authored several papers and appeared on the PBS medical program “Second Opinion” discussing topic of primary care and psychiatry integration. He is an outspoken proponent of the use of aerobic exercise in the treatment of depression, and as a mode to greater health in general. In his time away from work he and his wife Makiko are serious runners themselves. John recently set a new personal best 100km time at the Black Canyon ultramarathon in AZ this February.


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