Area girls invited to train, run with an Olympian

04/25/2008

Bellin Health’s Suzy Favor Hamilton camp set for June

DE PERE — Female distance runners in grades 7-12 can train with a running legend and former Olympian by participating in the Suzy Favor Hamilton Running Camp, sponsored by XL Athletic Performance from Bellin Health.

The four-day camp – featuring running and training techniques from three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton – takes place Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15 at St. Norbert College in De Pere. Registration is limited.

The camp is ideal for girls interested in distance races, including 800-meter, cross-country and other races, but is open to any girl who wants to learn more about running as a sport and spend time with one of Wisconsin’s greatest female athletes. Camp participants also will automatically be registered for the Bellin Run.

“It’s an educational camp,” said Julie Phelps, an athletic trainer with Bellin Health sports medicine. “Suzy will be there the entire time offering instruction and inspiration to the girls. She and her staff will give participating girls the necessary tools to use throughout the summer to stay in top running shape.”

Favor Hamilton said she has plenty to offer young runners.

“Girls attending our camp are going to get top-notch instruction during this fun-filled, informative, four-day experience,” she said. “I’m sharing with them insights that have helped me accomplish my running, fitness and health-related goals. And to top it off, we can all run in this year’s Bellin Run.”

Favor Hamilton won 11 state titles at the high school level and was named one of the top 100 high school athletes of the century by Scholastic Sports Magazine. She excelled at the college level as well, winning nine NCAA championships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Honda Broderick Cup as the nation’s top female collegiate athlete. She is a three-time Olympian, holds six U.S. national championships, and conquered the 4-minute mark in the 1,500-meter event five times.

For more information, or to register, call Phelps at (920) 430-4738.