How the Carrie Tollefson Training Camp Helps the Next Generation of Runners
If you want to become a stronger runner, spend time with runners who are better than you. Find a group, get a coach and do what you need to, to push yourself farther than you thought possible.
This summer, the eighth Carrie Tollefson Training Camp is a perfect way to do just that. For young runners entering grades 7 – 12, the camp, held July 10 – 13 on the campus of St. Catherine University, is a high paced, performance driven experience!
Olympian Carrie Tollefson says,
I like showing kids that with hard work, they can be successful at the front, middle or back of the pack.
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 ran her first marathon in 3:02, barely four months after giving birth to her son Everett), 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 and 13 time Minnesota state champion including a national record of 5 state cross titles. “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 its 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. “I want them to learn how to be part of a team in an individual sport.”
Non-Running Camp Activities
The CTTC will include more than just high carb foods and high intensity runs. 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. Running, as we know, is more than just want you do on the track or trails – it’s a lifestyle.
There will be workshops on nutrition, visualization, strength training, cross training, the importance of sleep, goal setting, yoga, and pool workouts. There will also be a Physical Therapist to treat and teach campers how to take care of the inevitable aches and pains that come from the rigors of training.
Meet the Experts
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. Each of these athletes and coaches will provide a level of expertise and encouragement that will help make this camp one of a kind.
Two state cross-country titles and five on the track – three in the 1600, two in the 3200. She ran at the UofM and was part of the Big 10 national championship team. She now trains with the Twin Cities Track Club.
A native of Portland, OR, Meghan attended the University of Iowa. Recent accomplishments include finishing 11th at the 2010 USA Half Marathon Championships, in a personal best 1:13:56 and on Jan. 31, won the ING Miami Half Marathon. During the year she placed 4th in the USA 5k and 10 Mile Championships and was a member of the Chiba Ekiden team. In 2011, she was 5th in the USA 15k Championships. She is now a member of Team USA MN.
Coach of Team USA Minnesota since 2001, coach Barker oversees the training of both the male and female athletes in distances ranging from the 800/1500 meters up through the marathon – on the roads, track and cross country.
Some of Katie’s career highlights include being the 2005 USA Outdoor 10,000m champion; 1998 NCAA XC Champion; 3rd in 10,000m at 02 & 03 USA Outdoors; 1998 NCAA 5,000m runner-up. In 2010 she was 7th at USA Outdoors in the 10,000m(32:58.62) and 22nd at World Cross Country.
Matty G. is a man with a dream. A simple dream involving teaching, running, and coffee. He holds a 5K PR of 13:30, and a marathon PR of 2:13.
Registration closes on July 5. The Carrie Tollefson Training Camp is a great opportunity to become a more well rounded middle school and high school runner.
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