In northeast Pennsylvania there are very few opportunities for kids to get involved in running until they reach middle school. There are youth leagues for baseball, football, soccer, and virtually every other sport but there is no such equivalent for the sport we love so much. Running Ahrens Harrier Academy will introduce kids to running at an early age through fun, instructional training sessions and workouts. We use the word "harrier" because it is another term for a runner, one that only die-hard running enthusiasts know. We call it an "academy" because our goal is to train and educate athletes to be successful in their teenage years and beyond.
Designed for ages 8-12 (and their parents), the Youth Running Camp is for anyone who enjoys running, wants to give running a try for the first time, or wants to improve their running for other sports. No previous running experience is required! Sessions will be educational and focus on the basic skills and techniques necessary to be able to run further and faster than ever before! Parents are encouraged (but not requried) to attend the informative sessions at the beginning of each day.
Most of all, camp will be fun! We want young athletes to see how enjoyable our sport is in hopes that they will embrace it as they move into middle school, high school, and beyond. It is the foundation for success in nearly all other sports whether or not they fall in love with running. Sessions will include running (obviously) in addition to strength and flexibility activites, games, and running form drills.
Reigstered runners will:
- Get a head start as they prepare for the fall athletic season
- Complete the Running Ahrens Summer Youth Marathon
- Receive training notebooks to log their summer miles
- Complete the final 1.2 miles of a marathon on the final day of camp!
Running Ahrens Youth Running Camp will take place on Tuesdays from June 14-July 19 from 9-11 A.M. Camp sessions will be held at Kirby Park and will utilize the trails, fields, and track in and around the park.
The cost for the camp is $75 + fees.
National Running Center is offering campers a special 15% discount on all shoes, apparel, and accessories! NRC is located at 318 Davis St, Clarks Summit, PA.