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Michigan Tech to host Cross Country and Mountain Bike Camp

Thu, Jun  5, 2008 - By Dean Woodbeck

Capitalizing on the area's beauty and variety of trail systems, Michigan Technological University will offer an endurance training camp, July 9-13, for students entering grades 8-12. Campers can choose between a cross country running camp and a mountain biking camp.

All participants will train on the trail systems in and around Houghton, Michigan, including the Michigan Tech Trails, the venue for the U.S. cross country skiing championships for the last two years. Also available to runners and cyclists are the Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids system in Hancock, and Chassell Recreation Trails in Chassell, as well as miles of logging roads.

These are all unpaved trails, with technical single track. Mountain bikers are required to bring their own bike (with good brakes and appropriate gearing for serious off-road riding) and a helmet.

All campers should be prepared for 1.5 to 3 hours of training per day, with instructors teaching students how to train at an appropriate pace. Campers will also swim in Lake Superior and gain information about the science of training, nutrition and hygiene.

Coaches will include Joe Haggenmiller, head coach of the Michigan Tech cross country and Nordic ski teams. He has coached national qualifiers and all-Americans and has competed at U.S. and Canadian national skiing events. Also coaching will be Margot Hutchins, head track and field coach and assistant coach for cross country and Nordic skiing. An active endurance athlete, she competed in cross country and track and field at Michigan Tech and has won the Whistlestop Marathon in Ashland, Wisconsin, four times. John Durocher is a certified personal trainer, certified health/fitness instructor and has mountain biked for 15 years.

Registration is limited to the first 60 applicants. For more information, or to register, go to www.aux.mtu.edu/syap or call (906) 487-2975 or toll-free (888) 829-9688.