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Olympic marathoner Rod DeHaven headlines the Todd County running camp

Olympic marathoner DeHaven highlights July 19 Todd County running camp
Jul 12, 2017

By Rich Winter

When Todd County cross-country coach Tonya Whirlwind Soldier sent me the list of high-powered coaches that will be attending the Todd County running camp on July 19, I just smiled...DANG!!


Running enthusiasts, young people, aspiring runners from all over South Dakota have the opportunity to be inspired by some of the most elite and brilliant running minds in the history of Track & Field and cross-country in South Dakota. 


In attendance will be:

* Rod DeHaven - 2000 Olympic Marathon runner, originally from Huron - After a brilliant prep career at Huron, DeHaven starred at South Dakota State University. He is currently the head track and cross-country coach at South Dakota State. 

* Dan Fitzsimmons - Cross country and distance coach at the University of South Dakota. After a stellar prep coaching career at Yankton, Fitzsimmons became a coach for USD in 2008


* Jesse Coy - Cross County and track coach for Rapid City Stevens - Not everyone knows this but Coy started his coaching career at Todd County before moving on to Hill City and Rapid City Stevens. Tons of state champions and elite, elite talent that Coy has produced at Stevens. 


* Royce Wuertzer - WHO is what I asked coach Tonya...I'll let ya google it, gentleman with a deep passion for the sport of running and a close friend of Fitz. 


The event stats at 10 a.m. and goes through 3 p.m. and coach Tonya said there will be a scavenger hunt run at the end of the event. Have attended these camps and DeHaven and Coy and Fitz are open to all kinds of questions including training, mileage, diet, proper hydration in a very informal environment. Area cross-country kids/youth from South Dakota are invited to this event that is FREE of charge.


"Kids need to know what college coaches look for and what it is possible," Whirlwind Soldier said. "We talk about, and show the kids different workouts, and talk about training leading into cross-country season." 



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