Youth track camp concludes with friendly competition
Steamboat Springs — Without a cloud in the sky, Friday’s mock track meet at Gardner Field was intensely hot. Although, the more than 60 children participating in the final day of the second annual Steamboat Springs Youth Track and Field Camp didn’t seem to notice.
Between spraying each other with water and occasionally grabbing a PowerICE, not to mention the never-ceasing positive attitude of coaches like Lisa Renee Tumminello and Erik Ramstad, Friday’s camp finale was a big hit.
“The week was amazing,” Tumminello said. “There are lots of other activities that kids can choose from and families can choose from. So, it’s been so fun and contagious to know how the Steamboat community has supported it.”
Tumminello, who also coaches the Steamboat Springs High School track and field team, started the camp last summer. It returned for a second year, participants ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade and spending two hours each day this week learning basic track and field skills.
Friday, the coaches put on a mock track and field meet at the high school to replicate a competitive environment.
“We got much better at helping kids strive toward personal bests,” Tumminello said, comparing last year to this year. “What’s been really special about this week is having so many adult coaches on hand, and then the high school coaches. That’s made for some great mentoring.”
While Friday’s meet did mark an end to the camp, it doesn’t mean an end to the summer track opportunities for Steamboat youth. Beginning Tuesday, Tumminello will lead a “competitive team” through more advanced training, with the possibility of actual competition.
Tumminello has an overall goal of making the youth team an official part of U.S.A. Track and Field.
“This year we are kind of tiptoeing into that by having a short, competitive two-week add-on for kids that might be interested in doing some meets on the Front Range, which are part of U.S.A. Track and Field,” Tumminello said.
The competitive team is for children up to age 18, costs $50 and runs through June 30.
There is still time to register by going to steamboattrackandfield.com.
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