Springers Track Camp offers good experience
Fun, education and training have always been the cornerstones of the Glenwood Springers track club. Those are the qualities, the club wants to instill at the Springers’ first commuter camp, scheduled later this month. “Track can be boring and ugly. What we want to do is make the sport fun,” said board member Mike Kishimoto. “We want to put out a high quality product.”The camp, which ends with the annual Springers meet on Friday, June 30, rose out of a discussion between Kishimoto and former Springers head coach Blake Risner.Before moving ahead with the project, the track team canceled its 2006 summer season due to not being able to find a new head coach when Risner stepped down.”Give Risner credit for the idea,” Kishimoto said of the camp. “We started bouncing the idea around at the high school state meet. Then we presented it to our board and it just grew, grew and grew.”As the camp took shape, the group of volunteer speakers and coaches increased rapidly. More than a dozen Springers alumni have committed to appear. All of them have impressive resumes in the sport. Former Glenwood High state placers Chris Benson, Chas and Marco Salmen, Amy Feinsinger, Jennifer Kishimoto, Gus Lundin and Megan McKinney competed in college.Former Springer Amber Sutherland, now a member of the University of Colorado’s women’s volleyball team, earned a state track medal in the shot put. The main daily speakers are Risner, Ross Peterson, head of rehabilitation services at Valley View Hospital, Olympian Jeanne Golay and legendary GSHS basketball coaches Harlan Spencer and Bob Chavez.”We just asked them to speak, and everybody said ‘Yeah, we’ll do it’, Mike Kishimoto said.Usually, most camps of this type cost $60-$100 a person. From the beginning, Mike Kishimoto lobbied for free admission. He won.”A fee was talked about,” he said. “But we wanted to do something for free. The idea was to have something parents can drop their kids off with no charge.”In lieu of fees, each child’s parent or guardian needs to sign a liability/behavior waiver prior to the first day of camp. Due to limited space, early registration is encouraged.For additional information, Mike Kishimoto can be reached at 945-1425 or 379-3365.
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