We started our youth camps in 2018 as a way to engage kids outdoors away from everyday distractions like cell phones, SnapChat, and Fortnite and bring them together to learn and grow together face to face through running. Our altitude camps are all about challenging an athletes personal understanding of themselves and furthering their sense of personal capability and confidence; all while contributing to a team. We believe that once athletes can break away from their phones and lean-in to their surroundings they can grow in the moment. Putting athletes in challenging situations as individuals and also asking them to contribute to a team is how we help fulfill our mission. Our mission has always surrounded the idea of athletes becoming the best version of themselves through sport and we were blown away by the growth we saw at camp.
Team Work + Team Challenges
This year we added our ‘Gladiator Games’ which consisted of everything from a Ski Hill Time Trial, Atomic Team Sit-ups, Bucket Cary, a Tug-of-War, and a Dance competition. Aerobic ability alone wasn’t going to win you the trophy. Every athlete on the team was able to contribute through strength, creativity, and leadership. No one person could shine bright so athletes could win, it was always a combined effort to reach the goal. We never expected the competition to come down to the wire quite like it did. With 5 points separating the first 2 teams meant that it was a competition all the way to the finish line! Yellow team won out with the Trophy, which was of course a piece of recycled trash we found at a trail head!
One of our big plans for this year was to introduce new trails and encourage athletes to seek out a rewarding view or summit. We covered the gamut of speed and ability in our group fo 35 and it’s what made each run so special and rewarding. We knew that each run had the potential to motivate and encourage an athlete to go outside their comfort zone whether they were an incoming Freshman or a seasoned racer heading into Senior Year. Taking a little extra time on applications allowed us to better understand what our athletes were capable of and we offered up routes that were as few as 3 and as many as 11 miles depending on the challenge athletes desired. Front of the pack or back of the pack – every athlete had a place on the team and a foot on the ground. The views were often the big reward, even our headlamp night run through Blair Witch – it added a little ‘spooky’ fun to our day!
We know that camp can’t always be about pushing your body – it’s also learning about how to take care of your body so you can see the next level. This year we were so blessed to have Amanda Turner from Active Fueling , Tabor Scholl from Colorado University (1500/5000), Tayte Pollman (Nike/ATRA), and Nathan Davis from Colorado School of Mines (3000m SC) as part of a panel to share about their journey through running and give us a real look at what it’s like to run collegiately. Tayte practically taught a clinic during our hill climb challenge setting a new line of excellence in the Hill Climb Time Trial. Amanda brought focus to mealtime and helped us understand how best to time meals and food prior to big races, as well as how we can best manage nutrition and hydration so we can perform at our best.
This year was absolutely amazing and we’re excited to share what we have planned for 2020. What we can tell you is that we’ll be back in 2020 with even more fun, new challenges and an amazing running camp you and your athlete will be thinking about until next year! This year showed us how much all of you value camps and the experience of running in fun, wild places. We will slowly release information about our camps over the next few months with our final dates and pricing coming out in early January.