A core objective of Central Cross Country Ski (CXC) s building partnerships through collaboration. Over the past couple of summers we’ve taken the opportunity to pair our open summer junior camps along with Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) of Minneapolis. For those that don’t know, LNR has earned the top spot at Junior Nationals the last two years as club of the year. Having this strong club in our region, we felt it would be a great opportunity to nurture this partnership by getting juniors from around the region to come together and train along side each other. All the athletes, regardless of whether they were from LNR or not, learning from one another and pushing their peers to go that extra little bit.
As a result, we capped off our largest camp to date with over 72 athletes coming together at Lakewoods Resort in Cable, WI for a solid week of training. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the coaching staff that included, Piotr Bednarski, Kelly Skillicorn, Sara Morse, Jenna Dickinson, Karmen Whitham, Jake Brown, and Lydia Anikin and myself. It takes a lot of work to coordinate workouts, meals, and keeping everyone behaved for a full week. Our goal was to do enough training that they were too tired to get into trouble.
The week was filled with a variety of activities that took advantage of the awesome roads and trails around the area. We did it all, with lots of biking, running, roller skiing, swimming, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, ski walking/bounding, and strength. With most days having two workouts, a majority of the athletes came away from the camp with over 22 hours of training.
As we look forward to these next couple months, we will continue to host these Junior Open Camps– this upcoming month July 12 – 18 in Cable, as well as in Ironwood August 9-15. More opportunities to get athletes together to learn and train alongside each other. These collaborations will hopefully help us as a region represent and ski well when Junior Nationals comes to our area this upcoming March in Cable, WI.
For further information or details on CXC Junior Camps for 2015 please feel free to contact Andy Keller by email at firstname.lastname@example.org