LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE FAST-GROWING SPORT OF TRIATHLON
This camp is for boys & girls, ages 8-14, who want to learn about triathlon. Throughout the week, we will focus on swimming, biking and running skill development in a fun, safe group setting. Campers will prepare to complete their first triathlon, or improve upon past performance. In addition to swimming, biking and running, participants will learn how to set up and move through transitions (swim to bike and bike to run), basic every day and race day nutrition, strength training, stretching, and basic rules of the sport. Guest speakers will include a professional triathlete, youth sports psychologist, basic bike maintenance and safety professional, and youth motivational speaker. The week will culminate with a mini-triathlon!
Meet the instructor, Gretchen Cooney
This exciting week will be led by Gretchen Cooney who is a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Coach. Gretchen has finished more than 40 triathlons including 4 Ironman races, and over 100 running races including 22 marathons. She has qualified for the Half Ironman World Championships twice, and for the Boston Marathon 6 times. Gretchen is currently a member of the Philadelphia Triathlon Club, the Mullica Hill Women’s Triathlon Club and the Nantucket Triathlon Club, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Mullica Hill Triathlon Club and the Philadelphia Triathlon Club. Since 2005, Gretchen has worked in endurance sports event management including the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon/TriRock Philadelphia, SheROX Triathlon series, Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains and the Via Marathon. She has served as a volunteer triathlon coach for Team in Training, and run coach for Glow Girls. She is also the founder of Bucket List Training, an endurance coaching program.
- Must be able to swim one lap of a 25-yard pool, and two laps of the pool (50 yards) with a short break allowed between laps
- Must provide bike in good working condition, be able to ride without training wheels. Any type of bike with 2 wheels is fine; does not need to be a “racing” bike.
- Must have proper fitting bike helmet, approved by CPSC http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/1998/CPSC-Issues-New-Safety-Standard-for-Bike-Helmets/
OTHER EQUIPMENT/APPAREL NEEDS FOR THE WEEK:
- Bathing suit
- Tee shirt