OHS athletes attended cross country camp this week! It was a great three days of running, team building, learning and fun! We kicked off day one at camp with mantras such as “I am Speed!” and mile repeats at 21st street pond. A few coaches even jumped in on the fun and these kids were seriously flying around the pond! Then we headed over to the river for a breakfast provided by some awesome parents (thanks Brad, Monica and Elaine!) and some fun playing in the water hole. After breakfast our incredible athletes took a little time for a service project and cleaned up the river.
That afternoon we met back up at Fort Buenaventura for, you guessed it, more running (this time on the Ogden River Parkway.) Then more time to play in the river, dinner, and games where we found out Claire has some pretty mad cornhole skills. We enjoyed a motivational speech by Brad Anderson, a former state champion and high school coach that helped take more teams than you can count to national championship races. On top of all that he overcame a huge setback in high school that could have taken his life and was told he would never run again. He’s a great example of perseverance and overcoming adversity. The kids learned from him how to set goals, be a leader and be an important part of a team. Thanks Brad!
Day two was all about doing the little things that make a big difference! We headed up to Camp Utaba in Liberty. We were sad COVID kept us from spending a full three days there but loved our day in the mountains. We went trail running (twice), learned about nutrition, injury prevention and strength training. We set goals and had a great time documenting those goals in the form of leather jewelry and dog tags. We ate lots of yummy food and played water balloon volleyball. The day ended with former OHS runner Jordan Cross and his father Patrick Cross sharing more wisdom with us. Both are incredible athletes. Jordan just completed an impressive collegiate career at Weber State and has his eyes set on the 2021 Olympic Trials in the steeple chase and Patrick is also an Olympic Trials qualifier and former collegiate and OHS cross country coach. Both shared their wisdom and inspiring stories from incredible careers that are sure to motivate our athletes to become their best!
Day three we put into action our camp theme from Delinquent Road Hazards, “Come on, Come on, Give it all you got!” Athletes took part in our epic run from the North Ogden Divide trailhead to Windsurfer Beach at Pineview Reservoir. This trail tests athletes right from the start with a 1,500 ft elevation gain in the first mile and a half. As a coaching staff we were so proud of our athletes for the way they tackled this mountain. They truly “gave it all you got” as they climbed over the mountain to enjoy the incredible views of Pineview and Ogden Valley! For some of our younger athletes this 9 1/2 mile trail was their farthest run ever and some of our vetran runners that didn’t think that was enough added on another 5 miles summitting Lewis Peak (including Collin Draper who was our first ever freshman to make it to the peak!) Afterwards we enjoying a picnic lunch and cooling off at the beach.