GET OUT AND RUN!
Despite temperatures in the low 90's, 180-plus young aspiring athletes and more than 30 adults continued their workout regime under the direction of Kerry (Crosby) Strauss of the Squannacook River Runners summer track/field and conditioning camp.
Strauss grew up in Groton, MA and attended the Groton-Dunstable school system from K-12 where she ran cross-country and track at the varsity level for 6 years. After graduating, she continued running cross-country and track at Westfield State College.
Strauss is currently the Vice President of the Squannacook River Runners Club and is a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America. She organizes the summer track and field program, the adult summer program and the Hershey Clinic. More recently she has become a head coach for the Middle School boys and girls fall cross country and spring track teams.
The 19th Annual Kids Summer Track and Field program and 4th Adult Running series began in June and will run until August 14. The kids program is offered from kindergarten through 9th Grade (5-14 years of age). Teams are divided by grade, while the adult program is geared for participants of all levels of fitness and ability
The objective for the kids is to teach techniques of track and field in an enjoyable, low key environment and to introduce them to the various events including high jump, hurdles, running, and the javelin. When reaching middle school/ high school level, these youngsters will have an idea as to what participating in track program involves.
The adults look at the program as an opportunity to learn how to get or stay in shape while their children are involved in the program at the same time. The introduction of proper running techniques, conditioning, improved posture, correct attire, agility exercise and proper hydration are stressed in the session held by Strauss.
Asked why she participates in the summer running and conditioning camp, Cynthia Ressijac replied, "I want to stay on the right side of the grass for a few more years while remaining in relatively good shape."
That pretty much sums it up for most of us. Live a long healthy life in relatively good shape, spending our savings on enjoyable experiences rather than nursing home costs! It's not too late to sign-up.