September 8, 2008

Dick Beardsley Marathon Running Camp

Camp Coaches and Camp Director
What a great six days we had at the Dick Beardsley Marathon Running Camp! It might have my name on it, but without the hard work from all of our coaches and our camp director Jan Seeley, the camp would not be what it is! The DBMRC was started six years ago by myself and Jan Seeley, my good friend Amy Xu put the bug in my ear about having a running camp at Rainbow Resort north of my old hometown of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Amy along with her husband Mike and Doug and Linda Schumann own and operate the resort. It sits on the shore of beautiful Little Bemidji Lake, nestled in the pine forests of Northern Minnesota. They have miles of trails to run on in the summer and XC ski on in the winter.

The campers arrived on Tuesday afternoon the day after Labor Day. We had 32 campers this year along with 10 coaches. We keep them quite busy while they are there! We don't make them run lots of miles. Although we run every day, what we try to do during the runs and the seminars is to show them things and give them ideas that they can take back home with them and use to become more goal orientated and be more motivated not just with running but with their lives!

The weather was cool which made it nice for sleeping at night and great for running during the days!

All of our coaches do such a outstanding job of giving their seminars in easy to understand ways that we can all learn from!

The neatest part of camp is, that we come in as strangers and we leave as friends! As one camper said a few years ago, "I came to Dick's camp to become a better runner, I left a better person" That my friends is what it's all about!

A huge thank you goes out to all of our campers that came to camp this year, to our coaches Rich Benyo, Mary Coordt, Mike Dunlap, Joe Henderson, Roy Herron, Rhonda Provost, Bill Wenmark, Assistant camp director Jenny Stinson, and camp director Jan Seeley, along with special guests Dr. Steve Moe, Greg Hammes, and camper/coach Bill Latter. Without each and every one of you this camp would not happen!

And last but not least, a huge thank you goes out to Doug and Linda Schumann along with their daughter Lia who as always, did a wonderful job of hosting all of us campers at their beautiful resort and do a incredible job of keeping us all well fed!

I can hardly wait until next year!


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