Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Brief Recap Of Camp

The first ever Alaska Mountain Ultrarunning Camp is now in the books. I've had the idea for this camp in my mind for 2 or 3 years and finally decided this year to make it happen. It has been a lot of work to put it all together and get it off the ground, but the reward that was the first session of this camp made all of the work completely worth it.

We had an amazing group of runners gather for 5 days of running here in Juneau. The group dynamic was amazing and I feel like everyone came in with a really open mind and learned some key aspects of running.

I've always been a big fan of showing people what to do as opposed to telling them what to do. At this camp I didn't want to do a lot of lecturing to people about how they should run, but rather I wanted to just go out and show them how I run and what has worked for me and see if they can learn anything from that. I think on the first day most of the "campers" might have thought I was a bit crazy, but by the middle of the week I started to see everyone beginning to find a real comfort and understanding with what we were doing. When the camp was over I realized that I too had learned a lot about life and about running.

I thought this was going to be a lot of hard work and probably quite frustrating at times, but aside from the work of getting everything prepared ahead of time, the actual time during the camp was one of the most enjoyable and worthwhile weeks of my life. I can't wait to do it again next month. Thanks so much to those of you that attended this first camp. I have so much gratitude for each and every one of you.

For those interested in seeing some great photos and videos from the camp please be sure to keep and eye on the camp website in the next few weeks as I will be putting some stuff up there very soon. You can find this website HERE.


John Hnat said...

Geoff, I had a wonderful time at the camp. It was one of the most fun weeks I've ever had in my life. There are so many reasons why: the location (Juneau generally, and the Shrine specifically); the great trails; the wonderful food (anybody interested in future camps should know that Geoff is as good a cook as he is a runner); and most importantly, the people. You and Corle were wonderful hosts; and Ben, Jason, Will, Jim, Steph, Kendra, Chris, Andreas, and Chad could not have been better companions. Each and every one of us took home a couple of suitcases full of fun, laughter, and friendship.

If you are reading this and are one of the campers signed up for July, you're in for a treat. If not, I'd keep my eye out for any sessions Geoff may do in the future.

Brian said...

Just saw the video of day 1. Looks amazing! Truly awesome stuff.