Got kids that like to run? Former Duke runner Jessie Rubin is now in Oregon and is putting on a camp for elementary, middle and high school aged kids in Portland. The two five-week session will include two practices per week; one on Wednesday and one on Friday. The first session runs from June 15-July 15 and has practices from 9a-11a while the second session, running August 10-September 9, will meet in the evening from 4:30p-6:30p.
Along with Jessie, other track and field athletes will providing coaching support and share stories about their training and racing experiences. The camp will also include various other information for young runners, running the gamut from good sportsmanship to keeping a good run/live balance. Rubin's perspective is that running is a great way for young athletes to learn about goal setting, positive thinking, and a healthy lifestyle no matter their athletic ability.
Coach Jessie Rubin
Campers will also get a chance to let their creativity flow. Rubin, who has a background in video editing and production, will help each sessions’ campers create a music video about sports, running, or “anything they like.” It would be cool to see a music video about how great Run Oregon is, but I won’t hold my breath. I don’t know what is cool anymore! Check out the video at the end of this post to see one that Rubin made with some Duke teammates and friends.
The camp will meet at various locations throughout Portland; some venues include Reed College and Sunset High School. Registered athletes will receive the full schedule with details from Rubin. Here’s what a typical day will look like:
9:00-9:30 AM Active stretching, drills, and warm-up game
9:30-10:15 AM. Run time! Runners divided up by age/experience level. We will do a run/workout around the track or the grass fields, where Rubin can keep an eye on everyone. Her runner friends may be there to help run with the kids too!
10:15-10:40 AM Cooldown, snacks, and stretching (kids can bring any snacks they like; Rubin will also bring different snacks to practices to demonstrate some things she eats post-run as an athlete)
10:40-11 AM. Life of a Runner chats or a guest speaker– Each session Rubin will offer a different lesson about what she has learned as an athlete (nutrition, importance of recovery, keeping things fun, managing pre-race stress, etc). She will also invite successful runners from my team to come talk to the kids about their athletic experiences.
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.
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