VTXC’s junior summer training program is a great way to stay fit and focused through the summer months. We help you build the crucial base necessary for a successful fall cross-country running season as well as a winter nordic season. Training is focused on building a lifelong passion for endurance sports!
Training: Training is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and some additional training days/make up practices will be
offered on weekends or weekday afternoons. Training is 1.5 – 2 hours in duration depending on intensity, weather and energy levels of athletes.
- Specific running interval training including steady-state running intervals that progress throughout the summer, sprints, core strength, flexibility and more.
- Ski training focus. We work almost entirely on upper body strength and emphasize technique retention for the off-snow months. The upper body strength focus blends well with running by offering the legs a day of rest while improving upper body fitness. Athletes need rollerskis, boots, poles with road ferrules and bright clothing for Wednesday only.
- Typically a cross training day which could be games and speed work, mountain biking at Trapp’s, paddling on Waterbury Reservoir or yoga in Stowe or an easy recovery run with a focus on flexibility and strength. (If you don’t have a mountain bike or kayak that is okay. You are able to rent one at a discounted rate.)
– There will also be some additional distance/adventure runs on select Sundays. Meeting time will be sometime in the afternoons depending on group needs.
When: Practices run the duration of the summer school break and are on Tuesday , Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings at 8:30am. There will also be additional make-up/interval practices for older college bound runners at a time that works for the majority of athletes. Friday is typically our rain date if a practice has to be canceled for severe weather. The first practice is scheduled for Tuesday June 2oth. Final practice will be on Thursday August 10th. Regular Harwood xc practice will commence the following week. Note- Everyone misses part of the summer for travel, class, etc, that’s my we offer the program all summer.
Where: Training locations revolve between Cotton Brook, Trapp Family Lodge, Harwood and Perry Hill trail networks. Wednesday ski training alternates between the Stowe rec path and Nebraska Valley Rd. Training locations will be posted weekly. *Be sure that Ryan has all relevant email addresses so that he can send weekly training locations,schedules and modes. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Training updates will be posted on VTXC Facebook group page so make sure join vtxc group page.
Coaches: Ryan and John (coach) Kerrigan will be the full time coaches. Assistant coach Lou Bevacqui will also be on the scene!
Transportation: Coach Kerrigan picked up a slick new six passenger van last year and is able to transport from Harwood/Waterbury to Stowe and back most days. Other days athletes will need to provide their own transport. Let me know if you need some support on transportation.
Fee: $300 for duration of the summer $550 for two siblings. Checks can be mailed to 83 Sachs Pond Ln, Stowe VT, 05672 or purchased on paypal. Please provide payment before June 1st.
Thanks for the support!
PLEASE JOIN BY JUNE 1 TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPOT.
Checks can be mailed to: VTXC, 83 Sachs Pond Ln, Stowe, VT 05672
For day-to-day training info join the VTXC group on Facebook.
Q: If I’m not a competitive runner is this program still for me?
A: Absolutely! We have many athletes who join the summer program to get in shape for other sports. While some sessions are focused on meeting the training needs for fall cross country, other sessions are simply geared toward general fitness and fun!
Q: Is it okay that I’m missing some practices for summer vacation?
A: Yes, we expect everyone will take a summer trip. That’s why we meet for the duration of the summer. Athletes will still be expected to train if they cannot make practice and we can communicate over email.
Q: If I’m missing part of the season can I have a discount?
A: We will still need to staff every session with quality coaches whether or not every athlete will be at every session so there are no discounts. Athletes will still be expected to train if they cannot make practice and we can communicate over email.
Q: If I want to try rollerskiing are there any rollerskis that I can try or buy?
A: I do have some rollerskis available. Send me an email with your boot type.
Q: Where can I buy rollerskis?
A: The Skirack in Burlington is a good bet and offers a discount for high school racers. I would recommend shopping locally since these shops will take care of you. Remember to bring your boots and trust the experts when it comes to mounting!
Q: I am only interested in the running days, do I still need to attend the ski days?
A: No. Most athletes only attend the running/cross training days. Furthermore now that we have more coaches and athletes we may provide a non-ski option for Wednesdays.
More questions? Email us!