The SPU Falcon Running Camp will be held at Casey July 22- 27. This camp, which started in 1960, is the longest continuous program of its kind in the U.S. It caters mainly to high school runners and has given thousands of them the opportunity to work with expert coaches and elite athletes to learn about everything from mental and physical preparation to racing strategies.
The camp is led by Chris Reed, assistant coach for track and field/cross country at SPU and a former distance standout at Western Oregon. His coaching staff includes such powerhouse members as Karl Lerum, director of SPU’s cross country and track and field programs and 13-time GNAC Coach of the Year; Audra Smith, SPU assistant coach who specializes in strength and conditioning; Pat Tyson, legendary high school cross country coach, currently head cross country and track and field coach for Gonzaga University; and Brent Ruby, University of Montana professor of exercise physiology and SPU alumnus. The daily teaching and discussion sessions guarantee campers will learn about schedule building, mental and physical preparation, injury prevention, nutrition, strength and flexibility training, motivation, cross-training, and race preparation.
Ahead of this year’s camp, Chris provided a few insider tips for athletes attending. “Open your eyes, ears, and minds! “says Chris. “There are so many amazing things to see, inspiring people to listen to, and insightful things to learn. Soak it all in!” The coaching staff also features Doris Heritage, two-time Olympian, five-time world champion, former Olympic coach, and a long-term member of the coaching staff. Of Doris, Chris says she is a perfect example of why listening is so critical. “She has so many stories to tell and lessons to share; there is always at least one piece of wisdom one can pick up and apply directly into their own life. Every person who meets her instantly becomes a more confident, knowledgeable, and motivated person.”
We also asked Chris if there was something not on the camp itinerary that he always makes time for at Casey. His response was to spend time “in tranquility.” “Sometimes that’s standing alone, watching the embers of a campfire flutter out. Sometimes that’s walking along the beach in the morning with a coffee in hand. And sometimes that’s standing on Ebeys Landing, looking out at nothing in particular, yet seeing everything.” If you’ve ever been to Casey, you’ll understand. But if Running Camp is your first visit, you’ll most certainly come to gain a deeper understanding of these words.
For registration and information about the 2018 Falcon Running Camp, please visit https://camps.jumpforward.com/FalconRunningCamp.
The right move – featuring Brent Ruby