All about the Carrie Tollefson Training Camp

All about the Carrie Tollefson Training Camp

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The seventh annual Carrie Tollefson Training Camp is coming to St. Paul this July 11 – 14. Held on the campus of St. Catherine University, the camp is a high paced, performance driven experience for runners entering grades 7 – 12.

For many middle school and high school runners, it’s not all about winning. Often the joy comes from accomplishing something you thought otherwise impossible. It’s a way to be part of a team, set your own goals, and work your tail off to achieve them – regardless where you finish.

“I like showing kids that with hard work, they can be successful at the front, middle or back of the pack” says Olympian Carrie Tollefson. It’s this “Get After It” attitude that sets the tone for the entire camp.

About the Carrie Tollefson Training Camp

Since it’s inception in 2007, the CTTC exists to encourage, motivate and challenge the next generation of runners. A naturally positive person herself (amazingly she just ran a 5k  three weeks after giving birth to her son), Carrie hopes to teach young runners how to succeed at whatever level they’re at. “This sport has shaped my life!” says Tollefson, an Olympian and 3 time national champ. “I want to see others succeed and gain life skills to fight through the tough stuff.” Carrie is a great ambassador in a sport known for it’s optimism.

A typical camp day includes multiple runs (and showers), motivational speakers, workshops, demonstrations, and free time to have fun with other campers and elite runners. There’s even a pool party and Karaoke night! Carrie hopes campers leave with greater skills and greater relationships. She hopes, “…they learn how to be part of a team in an individual sport.”

Non-Running Camp Activities

The CTTC will include more than just running and eating pasta. In addition to a wide array of runs on campus and along the river, campers will get hands on, professional expert teaching on a variety of topics. It’s designed to emphasize the idea that running and competing is about more than what you do on the track or trails.

There will be workshops on nutrition, visualization, strength training, cross training, the importance of sleep, goal setting, yoga, and pool workouts to name a few. There will also be a Physical Therapist to help treat and teach campers how to take care of various aches and pains that inevitably come with the rigors of training.

Expert Coaches

If being coached for a few days by Carrie Tollefson isn’t enough, a number of other world class athletes and professionals will be guiding campers. Here are a few…

Chris Lundstrom is a national class runner who placed as high as 3rd in the USA Marathon Championships. He represented the United States in the Pan-American Games Marathon (2007) and the World Mountain Running Championships (2010). Chris has an M.Ed. in Applied Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.

Jenelle Deatherage won an Illinois state cross country title before becoming a four-time All-American at the University of Wisconsin. She received a BA in kinesiolog and MA in physical therapy. She finished 10th at the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 1500m, and fourth in the 1500m at the 2004 Olympic Trials.

Emily Brown, a four-time All-American has a BA in Nutrition science from the University of Minnesota. She set school records in the 3000m indoor (9:27.33) and 3000m steeplechase (9:56.62), in addition to numerous other achievements. She has a master’s in Public Health Nutrition, specializing in sports nutrition with runners. She helps train runners through RunnersConnect.net.


The Carrie Tollefson Training Camp is a great opportunity to become a more well rounded middle school and high school runner.

Registration closes on July 5, so register Today!

Checkout C Tolle Run, Carrie’s weekly show about running and fitness.

If you’re a bit older, but would be interested in a “mini-camp”, let us know (in the comments section) and we can pull together some resources.

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Nathan Freeburg

Senior Consultant at Leadership Vision Consulting
Nathan currently lives in Portland, but works in Minneapolis and runs wherever he is. Favorite Minnesota running route is anything that takes him along the Mississippi River.

Nathan started running when he was 14. 20+ years later, he's still going. When he's not running, he enjoys exploring the city with his son, finding new restaurants with his wife, traveling, or backpacking.

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