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Junior Rollerski Practice: Agility and Speeds

This past Sunday Pepa brought the Craftsbury junior training group to the school parking lot in Hardwick for a rollerski practice with a focus on agility and speeds.  Also on hand were Pat Guelakis, a Craftsbury sculling coach with a drone for video footage (we’ll try to get an edit from that footage up here soon!), and Caitlin Patterson and Hallie Grossman from the GRP, for previewing the course/demonstrations/cone set-up/photos.  Here are a few photos of the juniors and their impressive agility and speed skills! editCP-01252editCP-01255 editCP-01261 editCP-01266 editCP-01268 editCP-01270 editCP-01274 editCP-01284 editCP-01299 editCP-01324 editCP-01343 editCP-01376 editCP-01379 editCP-2-3 editCP-2-2 editCP-2

All photo credits – Caitlin Patterson

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High School XC — Fast Start to Summer

Alex’s shirt captures the essence of not only the week but herself.

Summer running camps began with a flourish when sixteen dedicated and fleet young harriers showed up for the first of the three high school cross country camps. We had two brothers from Chicago who brought two more friends, four returning athletes, a bunch of swift Vermonters, a parade of new faces and a girl named Moxie. Endurathon Day was full of sunshine, Kasie Enman gave a motivating talk and the teens seemed to get faster as the week went on. It all passed in a flash and before we knew it we were out on Creek Road, cruising through the Ridge Run on a sparkly, bright and crisp morning.

Samuel, Billy and Rena are a tough pack on hill running day

Evan came from Chicago with his big brother Jake and he kept us laughing all week with his deadpan humor

In Irasburg on Endurathon Day, Coach Desiree calls out Coach Sarah who was definitely raised by wolves

Isabel and Moxie are the grittiest runners ever to attend xc camp. Isabel’s running career began this week and Moxie, befitting her name, never ever gave up on anything.

Jaylin and Coach Laurie revel with ice cream on Endurathon Day. Is that Marika photobombing?

Coach Wilson created oatmeal masterpieces each morning at breakfast

Eve, Billy, Myla and Ethan zip through high knees drills on the Common

Focused and concentrated, Jake nails down the fartlek session

Eve and Jaylin keep the gas pedal pressed down during the hot and sunny fartlek work

Coach Sarah keeps Nathan and Rena on the chase during the fartlek workout

Myla and Billy brought verve and speed to Craftsbury

Barefoot warm downs on the Common are the best!

Coach Wilson recaps the session before we went to the Black River to play

Coach Desiree gets the runners organized for some body work on the AC deck

We told the young runners that wall squats would help to hold up the AC walls — they believed us!

Myla, Billy, Jaylin, Marika and Rena gave us beautiful artwork all week

Marika and Coach Desiree shared the Ridge Run

Billy and Nathan share the solitude of Creek Road

Georgetown University’s Sarah and Stephen rocked it all week with the teens and again on the Ridge Run

Moxie and Isabel make their way home.

Jake demonstrated diligence, patience and execution with these perfectly toasted beauties.

On our last evening, Marika, Myla and Jaylin had our full attention as they sang a cappella for us

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Recycled Range: cleaning up after biathlon

Big brass buckets.

Big brass buckets.

From coach Miro:
During the past season there was a lot of shooting on both of the ranges, summer at Elinor’s and winter at the lower field. Last week, the SBTC and GRP athletes, along with myself collected 70 lbs. of brass bullet casings left from all that practice. In terms of a count, that’s around 10.000 empty brass 0.22 LR casings that we use in biathlon.


Hi-ho, off to work the SBTC goes!

Unfortunately, I don’t know all the names of SBTC crew, but Andrew Reed was coordinating them last week and also helping in front of GRP rowing team.
Mike, Ethan and Susan represented the GRP biathletes collecting casings at Elinor’s and later celebrated with shooting some sporting clays and biathlon targets with small bore rifle.


Live rounds found from scouring the ranges.

Beyond our cleaning, we found 30 live rounds on both the ranges, so we not only cleaned the range we also helped maintain its safety level, shooting good rounds and dismantling suspicious ones.


Like an easter egg hunt for brass.

As part of the clean up, I also collected some copper pipes and cables from behind the the Norm Graf Dance Hall and took it all to All-Metals near Hardwick for recycling. Beyond cleaner, safer areas, we netted a tidy sum for our efforts – almost a grand! It was quite a reward for all that work and now we can re-invest that in making COC more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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Time trialing with the masters dryland group

On Sunday, June 21, despite a steady rain, seven intrepid members of the masters dryland training group ran the first of many West Hill TTs. With courses of either 0.6 or 1.1 miles to choose from, the group attacked the course, poles in hand, looking to lay down fast times. When it was all over, five runners had completed the 1.1mi and two had opted for 0.6. Everyone pushed hard on a day that called for toughness and resilience in the face of nasty weather and a new and unrelenting course.

Results and photos are below.

Runner .6mi Time 1.1mi Time
Wyle Solomon 6:35 12:09
Dick Dreissigacker 7:56 13:22
Judy Geer 8:19 13:45
Linda Ramsdell 8:28 14:33
Elinor Osborn 11:10 19:52
Sung-Hee Chung 9:15
George Hall 9:38
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June Intro to Biathlon Camp

Craftsbury (and Hosmer Point) hosted a successful kids’ biathlon camp this past weekend, June 12-14th, the 4th annual “USBA Intro to Biathlon” camp for ages 9-12.  The weekend activities were led by COC Biathlon coach Miro Segrt, with plenty of help from Algis Shalna and GRP athletes Mike Gibson, Caitlin Patterson, Hallie Grossman, and Susan Dunklee.

The biathlon campers and GRP-athlete “counselors” stayed in cabins at Hosmer Point, biking to-and-from the COC shooting range for biathlon practice. Outside of biathlon practice times, they were able to enjoy a variety of fun activities at Hosmer Point, including canoeing, swimming, broomball, four-square, playing cards and guessing games, making friendship bracelets, and watching the FIFA Women’s World Cup!

The weekend of camp finished off on Sunday morning with a series of biathlon races. Additional juniors from the Craftsbury area with biathlon experience were invited to join the five campers for a sprint race (interval start, individual race with two shooting stages), and then a 3-person team relay race. The biathletes shot two stages of prone for each race, using blocks or cuffs depending on shooting experience, and ran an approximately 1 kilometer “race loop” in addition to penalty loops as needed.

After the races, the kids were able to show what they learned by coaching their parents through a brief shooting lesson. Susan Dunklee and Clare Egan provided USBA clothing and hats for post-race awards, and all of the racers left looking great in their new USBA gear.

Racers and coaches gathered for a group picture before the start

Racers and coaches gathered for a group picture before the start

Here are the results from the two races at the camp, with number of misses and total race times listed:


  1.      Bjorn Westervelt,                            0+2,       7:23
  2.      Camille Bolduc,                                1+2,       7:32
  3.      Quincy Massey-Bierman,               2+2,       7:49
  4.      Lucy Glueck,                                     1+0,       8:03
  5.      Adrian Crytzer,                                1+1,       8:29
  6.      Jack Young,                                      0+4,       8:32
  7.      Adrienne Remick,                           3+2,       8:34
  8.      David Moody,                                  3+2,       9:32
  9.      Mary-Jane McKenzie,                    4+3,       11:08

1. Relay C:    22:07
Quincy Massey-Bierman, 0+1
Adrienne Remick, 0+0
Adrian Crytzer, 2+1

2. Relay B:    24:14
David Moody, 3+3
Camille Bolduc, 0+2
Jack Young, 1+3

3. Relay A:    25:26
Bjorn Westervelt, 0+3
Mary-Jane McKenzie, 0+3
Lucy Glueck, 3+1*

Notes from Miro: *Lucy fell in the penalty loop after first shooting and Mary-Jane (youngest participant) wanted to substitute her – she was allowed to do so, so she ran penalty loops and continued racing for her team, despite being tired from her part of relay, had only 1 miss for the next shooting and finished third lap in style.

Best shooter in sprint: Lucy Glueck (1+0 misses).

Best shooter in relay: Adrienne Remick (0+0 misses).

Miro helps the racers zero before the start

Miro helps the racers zero before the start

Bjorn leaving the range for another lap

Bjorn leaving the range for another lap

David during a shooting stage

David during a shooting stage

Adrienne focuses on the targets – she hit 10 for 10 during the relay!

Lining up in order before the sprint

Lining up in order before the sprint

Ready to start, first leg of the relay. Parents and spectators were enjoying the sunny day.

Ready to start, first leg of the relay. Parents and spectators were enjoying the sunny day.

Racers admiring the collection of USBA gear for prizes, and chatting with Olympian Susan Dunklee

Racers admiring the collection of USBA gear for prizes, and chatting with GRP athlete and Olympian Susan Dunklee

TIme for the parents to try!

Time for the parents to try!

Mary-Jane and Hallie enjoy an evening at Hosmer Point

Mary-Jane and Hallie enjoy an evening at Hosmer Point

Apples for snack on the porch

Apples for snack on the porch

Camille, Quincy, and Mary Jane look at me skeptically, while Camille is trying to guess what person or object is written on her forehead with yes-or-no questions

Camille, Quincy, and Mary Jane look at me skeptically, while Camille is trying to guess what person or object is written on her forehead with yes-or-no questions

While the first evening of camp found us sprinting from the dining hall to the cabins in the pouring rain, Saturday night was beautiful

While the first evening of camp found us sprinting from the dining hall to the cabins in the pouring rain, Saturday night was beautiful. Thanks for the great food and rustic cabin living, Hosmer Point!



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Craftsbury Juniors: still fast, even off snow!

 Big shoutout to a couple of junior girls who ski with us in the winter and are taking their dryland to new heights. Rena Schwartz and Avery Ellis absolutely crushed their high school track seasons. The girls qualified for New England Track and Field Champs, contested this past weekend, with Rena taking 5th in the 1600m (shown above), and Avery 10th in the same race, 21st in the 3200m. Strong work girls! Full results.

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Run2Scull Camp

Gymnast turned runner Jenny’s impressive handstand on Mt. Pisgah was eye-catching.

Alan shared Creek Road with a magnificent black bear.

The first running camp of 2015 was small in numbers and expansive in athleticism, grit and drive. Run2Scull camp attracted six brand-new to Craftsbury runners, two brand-new Craftsbury coaches, and a VP from Saucony’s Human Performance & Innovation Lab to talk to us about runners and running shoe bio-mechanics. We had gorgeous crisp late spring days, torrential rains and memorable animal sightings. Even better, we had runners who took to sculling like, well, ducks to water. This year we tried something different having the runner/scullers participate in the thrice weekly Community Rowing program. With the GRP rowers coaching the nascent scullers we had our never-nevers going  from one end of Big Hosmer to the other on their second row. What a fun week!

Misting rain and a tough track session bred companionship for Eduardo and Jenny.

Coaches Jo Jo and Jo keep their eyes on their runners as their clipboards get drenched.

Alex’s first ever track workout culminated in a wildly fast relay leg before he handed off to Coach Jo.

Spencer loves filming runners. We studied our bio-mechanics after the workout and learned about shoe performance, too.

We dry our shoes old school at Craftsbury. The trick was finding out where the piles of newspapers were stashed!

June = lupines and we saw lots all week long.

Clearly this is the beginning of Endurathon Day — lotsa energy abounding.

Coach Jo Jo and Rachel cruise the 6 miles to Westmore Beach.

Eduardo finishes Endurathon Day in style. His wife gave him a week at running camp for a present.

Julie came to camp ready to do everything. She loves animals and was happy to meet our sheep at Hosmer Point.

Once we learned Julie really likes pigs, we took an easy run down to HP just to see them.

Coach Jo and Jenny traverse the Ridge Run on a spectacular morning.

Beguiling array of oars on a bright sunny morning.

Runners, coaches and oars. The week flew by. See you next year, Runner/Scullers!

When was the last time “Mercedes” and “Fartlek” were in the same sentence? Coach Jo Jo’s ride provides the answer.


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Norway 2015: Ski-O World Champs Report from Kes

Our author, Kestrel Owens at World Ski-O champs.

Our author, Kestrel Owens at World Ski-O champs. Photo – Greg Walker

Editor’s note: Big thanks to Kestrel Owens for sharing this account of his World Champ Experience.

February 7-8, Travel to Norway
We flew out on an Iceland Air flight from Boston Saturday evening. We met teammates Anna Vogele and Greg Walker in Iceland and flew to Oslo. After grabbing our baggage and going through customs we met Stina Bridgeman who had flown in a before at 9:45. We then drove to Hamar, about an hour away. Perhaps ominously for a bunch of traveling orienteers, we turned onto the highway in the wrong direction! Luckily we got that sorted without too much disruption to our travel.

February 9, Model Event
I woke up early enough to have an easy morning before we left a bit before 12 to go to the model event. The model was good to test out the emit touch free system that we are using at this event. It was also a nice event as it had a good number of trails, though they had been heavily skied earlier in the day. My guess is that the snow is 3 to 5 feet deep. I tried to ski off trail; my skis only went in a few inches though my poles went in a lot deeper. I also tried some off and on trail running, one must be prepared for every eventuality in a Ski-O. Time flew by and and soon it was time to head back, meet more teammates who had arrived that day. We enjoyed dinner and discussed race details.

Adrian Owens consults the map mid-race.

Adrian Owens consults the map mid-race. Photo – Greg Walker

February 10, Sprint Relay
My dad was going to race in the sprint relay with Alex Jospe today, but this was another day of more model event and spectating for me. Originally all the seniors were going to race but when we checked in to the event center earlier in the week we found that we could only have one team, and my dad won the coin toss with Greg to race in the race.

Alex skied the scramble leg for the relay and she had a good lap coming about in about 2 min back, ahead of a few teams including GB, Germany, Estonia, Austria, and a couple others – quite exciting. My dad went out and just was not coming back all that soon,
we started getting worried that he had broken equipment or even part of his body. Because of this we were relieved when he came skiing in with two poles, two skis, and a complete body. After the race he told us what happened: when he was going from control
one to two he was looking at the map from two to three, after executing two to three he realized that he was not in the right place only after doing a lot of searching around for his control in the wrong area that he was in. After he corrected he had used
up a lot of time.

The next legs were pretty uneventful, but as the race was wrapping up, we saw Adrian come over the road, and then, turn around. We were wondering which control he had forgotten as you normally look over the course and sometimes realize you have forgotten a
control. Luckily the control was only the one which was right over the road crossing and down the hill. When my dad came back around (take two) the whole crowd who had been watching the open ceremony, which had just finished, started to cheer for him – encouraged by Alex cheering very loudly. Dad finished and ended up ahead of GB, Slovakia, and Germany who mis-punched and would have finished behind even regardless.

February 11 – Sprint
A leisurely morning gave way to a harried rush to the start line – after doing some warm up I almost missed my race! I was skiing around and Cristina called me over as they were calling my name, and I did not have my map holder on. I had to run back to the car but I made it just in time for my start. My race went pretty good, I made a few mistakes but none were all that bad.

I did quite a bit of just following which ways had the most number of tracks when I did not have to go anywhere specific, only out to a big trail. I did not break any skis and neither did anyone else on the US team though one person Alex was following went
through a little dip going to the spectator control and broke both their skis, luckily the equipment drop was right after the spectator control – though that would’ve done little for the Americans today, as the US team did not put anything in any of the equipment

The whole US Ski-O 2015 team.

The whole US Ski-O 2015 team. Photo – Greg Walker

February 12 – Long
We worked through lots of logistics of travel and equipment to accommodate some early starts. It was a chilly day, and I was extra thankful to have Christina at the start to take warmups right before the race.

My race went well, I felt slow but then it might have just been that it was a long race and you do not want to go super hard all the time. Also I think my wax was a bit warm for the conditions up in the higher elevations. I felt I had an OK race.

It was a rough week on equipment. I generally took more roundabout routes where I would be less likely to break a ski, but I was something of an exception. Greg had a bad crash at one point, he broke a pole and his map holder, he was able to get a pole from
an equipment drop and he was still able to use his map holder as the springy map holding part only broke in such a way that it could still be used in one orientation, he was not happy. Anna broke a ski as well, while skiing down one of the biggest narrow trail
downhill on the map. Alex took a high energy fall on the course that luckily did not break anything, but as she was cooling down one of her skis broke, she thinks that it was weakened by the fall. We also learned the Michael had broken a ski early when he
was skiing around in Sjusjøen area. The total number of broken skis four for this trip, for the US team, though only one happen in race.

As a team we split two cabins rated to: 7 persons, cramped. Even with only five in each one they could have more room. Over what could be called the dining table which has turned more into storage and meal prep space there is a chandelier light which is a bit,
more than a bit, too low for those in our cabin. Everyone except my dad has hit his head on it very hard at least once.

Luckily the setting makes up for the interiors. Our cabins are up on a hill and overlook the city of Hamar, which is very beautiful at night with all the lights on. Sunsets are very beautiful too. They last a very long time. I have also heard that sunrises
are very beautiful, the one I witnessed on the way to the long was notable though not spectacular. I have been asleep when the sun rose the rest of the days.

High latitudes mid-winter makes for some awesome sunrises and sunsets!

High latitudes mid-winter makes for some awesome sunrises and sunsets! Photo – Greg Walker

February 14 – Middle
My race got off to a bad start: my pole basket got stepped on and came off. Luckily Christina was on the sideline and had Micheal’s spare set of poles. They did not have that good of baskets so I traded it out for my spare pole at the equipment drop in the woods. But that grip was for the wrong hand so I got a blister.

Aside from the equipment however, most of the rest of the race I felt good about though I did use the big trail a bit too much. I was happy with my time being about 50% back from the leaders. The races were fun to watch as the Junior men and Elite had two map
exchanges and the Men had three map exchanges therefore we got to see a lot of action at the stadium where the map exchanges took place.

Craftsbury member Melanie Sergiev going for it.

Craftsbury member Melanie Sergiev going for it. Photo – Greg Walker

February 15 – Relay
An early morning as I was the first leg of the junior men’s relay which started at 10:15. Michel was racing second and Melanie third as we could not find another junior boy from another country. I had what felt like a pretty bad race as I had some not so great navigation in the first half of the race. But despite what I felt, I actually did not do that bad.

Michael had slightly better leg then me. Melanie went and at some point fell down, and broke both her poles and injured her knees some. She came in without finishing the course. Anna also mis-punched in her leg, the middle one, so the women also did not get
a score.

When Ari came in from the last leg of the men’s relay he got the thumbs down and was asked to go inside to explain himself. It ended up the computer system was just having problems and he was OK. So the senior men ended up getting a score.

The US Team was not alone in their struggles today: a lot more people mis-punched in the relay than normal, I think this was because of the very confusing trail networks that lead to my navigational mistakes. In some categories if one more team had miss punched
they would have not had enough teams to fill the top 6 places that they were giving awards to.

Overall the trip was a great chance to do a lot of difficult ski orienteering. I found the navigation more difficult than what we had in Estonia last year. I feel like I did not make any major mistakes but but once I decided which way to go my execution was
not always the best as I was having a difficult time reading the map and memorizing which way the trails went. There were a lot of complicated mazes. I skied hard and felt good about my effort. I was skiing in the under 20 age group (rather than the under
17 which is my age group) as I felt the races last year were a bit short and I wanted to try the longer legs. My best race was the Middle distance; 29th out of 42 racers. It was really nice to have Michael and Melanie join me this year on the Jr. team.

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Craftsbury in Danish



Remember last May? Wall Street Journal writer Jason Gay published an article on “Naked Running”, aka running by perceived exertion NOT a million techno-baubles strapped to you. The piece had several quotes from Craftsbury Running Director Lynn Jennings, generally supporting the practice of tuning in and letting go of the technology.

Well, that seems to have gained some traction. It’s cropped up again in a Danish article from the magazine iForm. Check it out by clicking the image above. And if you can read Danish, hit us with the translation.

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Daniel Foty shares his view from above

Craftsbury member Daniel Foty reached out to us after we hosted day one of the VT High School Nordic Ski Champs last month. He was flying overhead in his Cessna 172S, about 2500′ up and shared some cool pics of the day and the topography of Craftsbury. Check out his gallery below and thanks Daniel!

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