By Joyce Taylor
Come one, come all to the annual Youth Track camp sponsored by the Weiser Recreation Department. “What?”, you ask. “When and where?”, you ask. This years camp is in two places to be exact. Starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 29th, athletes from the ages of sixth grade and under should convene at the Weiser Middle School track for an hour of instruction and fun. The operative word here is “FUN”. On Tuesday, April 30th, the camp will also be at the Middle School track. The rest of the week, the camp will move to the Weiser High School track.
Notice it was mentioned that grades sixth and under can participate? Well, if the athlete can walk, then they can come and enjoy the FUN as well. This year’s host is once again, Joyce Taylor (formerly known as Joyce Knauer). Since I’ve been running this camp seems like forever, I can’t remember if this is the 26th season for me or not. It’s that age thing, the one where your memory starts to go. I do know this, though. I enjoy each and every camp I’ve hosted over the past two decades plus. I’ll expand on that in a minute or three.
To sign up for the camp, visit the Weiser Recreation Department or you can sign up on the first day with coach Joyce. We culminate the camp with a track meet that will be held on Saturday, May 4th with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The meet begins at 9 with a group warm-up and then pictures for the media, parents, grandparents, etc… You get the drift. The meet usually last no more than 3 hours and we set a record last year in quickness with just over 2 hours. That leaves the rest of Saturday to have more FUN.
Ribbons will be awarded for the top three finishers in each age category, gender specific, and each event. The ribbons will be available at the Weiser Recreation Department on Monday, May 6th. Events include the 25 and 50 yard dash, the 100, 200 and 400 meter races, running long jump, standing jump and softball throw. We end the meet with an all comer 4 by 100 meter relay. All comer means just that, parents, grandparents, cousins, siblings, anyone who wants to compete has the opportunity to strut their stuff. So far, the adults have maintained the title of fastest over the years. Let’s see if we can’t change that this year. Are you up for that?
I have been blessed to have the most wonderful volunteers help me with the camp and meet. If you would like to pitch in, feel free to do so. Trust me when I say this, you will enjoy yourself immensely. My memories of my athletes goes a long way back and I am enjoying coaching the offspring of some of my former athletes and also enjoying the success they have had and are having as they pass on through middle school and high school. Oh, the tales I could tell. I think the best memories are the smiles. It’s pure joy. I still have all the results and team photos dating back to my very first camp I hosted, somewhere around 1990 or 1991. Again, it’s that age thing. Hope to see you next week.