Sign up for voluntary summer practice

We will be offering voluntary summer practice on a limited basis in July.

Dates:  July 20 – July 31, 2020

Practice days:  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Time:  8:00 – 9:00am

Sign up by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Student Registration for Step 2

Be sure to review the DPS informational sheet before you arrive at practice.

If you aren’t comfortable with in-person practice, you may continue to train virtually with the team via our Final Surge app and our Tuesday and Thursday google meets.  There is absolutely no pressure to attend in-person practice.

To join the app, click below and email Coach Kohuth at steven_kohuth@dpsk12.org so he can add you on to our team in the Final Surge app.

Click here to join via computer:  https://www.finalsurge.com

Click here on your phone: Download from the App Store Android Play

More information on voluntary summer practice from DPS:

Dear Scholar-Athletes and Families,

Based on the updated guidance from Governor Polis and CDPHE, DPS has made a decision to allow in-person, voluntary off-season athletics conditioning for high school students.  This is the second step in a multi-step process of returning to competitive play. During this second step, there will be no indoor access and very limited equipment use, as well as strict health checks and sanitation procedures for all participants.

We have made this decision with the continued goal of protecting the safety, health, and wellness of our students, staff and families. We recognize that the Denver community has been greatly impacted by the COVID pandemic, and believe that this is a positive first step in bringing our athletes back together. Step two will run July 20, 2020-July 31, 2020. DPS leaders will then determine how to best continue our athletics programming based on current health and safety guidelines and input from fellow school districts.

Please review the informational information through the following link: Session 2 informational sheet, outlining the details of participant engagement, health checks and sanitation procedures required during this time.  Should you choose to participate, your guardian will need to complete the required Student Registration for Step 2, which includes the district waiver by end of day on Wednesday, July 15.

*Students that participated/registered for Phase 1/Step 1, must re-register for Phase 2/Step 2.

Additional information regarding student and coach waivers, daily documentation, conditioning schedules, and site drop-off procedures will follow prior to Step 2 Activities beginning on Monday July 20, 2020.  If you have any questions, please reach out to your specific Athletic Director or coach.

 

Tuesday’s guest speaker, J’ne Day-Lucore

Hey Runners!

This Tuesday’s guest speaker will be J’ne Day-Lucore, an incredibly accomplished runner and triathlete.  Here is the link for the meeting:

Meeting ID

meet.google.com/czq-oukp-qxy

Phone Numbers

(‪US)‪+1 747-202-5470

PIN: ‪498 766 362#

Read on to find out more about this Colorado Hall of Fame runner and mathlete.

J’ne Day-Lucore competed in college track and cross-country before moving to Colorado in 1983 to get her MS in mathematics. She retired in 2017 after a 33-year career as an engineer and executive manager in the aerospace industry. As a retiree, she enjoys coaching and spending all day running, swimming, cycling and practicing yoga with her athletes and friends.

J’ne was introduced to the Colorado racing community in 1985 when she won a couple of local races and was invited to join the Reebok Racing Team. These teammates became her best friends and training partners for the next 35-years. Her passion has always been running uphill where she won and held course records in the Pikes Peak Ascent (four-time winner), Mount Evans Hill Climb (three-time winner) and Mount Washington Road Race (three-time winner and Hall of Fame member). She completed her 28thPikes Peak Ascent with an age group win in 2018. An unfortunate bike accident in August 2019 and the pandemic cancellation in 2020 has her looking forward to racing her 29th Ascent in 2021. Her most difficult and greatest accomplishment was the Ascent race in 2016 when she helped guide the first blind athlete, Luanne Burke to the finish line.

J’ne added cycling and swimming to her running routine to stay healthy and started racing as an age-group triathlon in 2006. She races in many local Colorado triathlons each year and has had three age group podium finishes at full Ironman races since turning 50. She donated a kidney in September 2018 and resumed triathlon training six weeks later. She enjoyed a full year of triathlon racing in 2019 and has taken advantage of the pandemic year to recover from the broken femur repair. She’s looking forward to the 2021 season when she will age up to 60-64 age group.

J’ne volunteers as a coach for Girls on the Run (GOTR) and is an active board member and volunteer coach with the Rocky Mountain Triathlon Club (RMTC). She coordinates and leads weekly group track workouts, tempo runs, trail and snowshoe runs as well as being a volunteer ride and run leader for RMTC. Her primary goal every season is to expand her network of running and triathlon friends to share her passion for running and racing.

Certifications:

USAT Level 1 Coach

Yoga Teacher

Cycle Instructor

Background:

  • Career: Executive Director, Program Management, Raytheon (1984- retired 30 June 2017)
  • Degrees: BA – Secondary Math Education, Coaching – 1983, MS – Applied Math – 1992
  • Collegiate athlete – cross country, track middle distance – national qualifier 1500M
  • Sponsored athlete – Reebok team, 1985-1995, Runners Roost team: 1995-2016
  • Family – Married 31 years, 3 adult daughters

Running accomplishments:

  • Colorado Running Hall of Fame Inductee – Apr 2019
  • Pikes Peak Ascent – 4-time winner, course record holder, 28-time finisher
  • Mount Evans Hill Climb – 3-time winner, course record holder
  • Mount Washington- 3-time winner, course record holder, 2013 Hall of Fame inductee
  • PRs: 5K 16:55, 10K 33:50, Half marathon 1:11:30, Marathon 2:40:45

Triathlon accomplishments:Age Group podium finisher, Sprint, Olympic, 70.3, 140.6

  • 2011 Ironman Coeur d’Alene – First Ironman at age 50 – 13:18
  • 2012 Ironman Wisconsin – 5thAG; 12:19
  • 2014 Ironman Boulder – 4thAG; 12:15 (8 seconds from Kona qualification)
  • 2017: AG Podium finisher at St George 70.3, Coeur d’Alene 70.3, IM Canada Whistler 140.6
  • 2019: AG Podium finisher at Santa Rosa 70.3 and several local Olympic distance races
  • 2015-2019: AG Podium finisher in all 18 local sprint/ Olympic races

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Guest Speaker: Melody Fairchild

Hi Runners!

Melody Fairchild will be our guest speaker today, Tuesday, July 7 at 5:00pm.  In case you don’t already have the Tuesday meeting link, here it is:

Meeting ID

meet.google.com/czq-oukp-qxy

Phone Numbers

(‪US)‪+1 747-202-5470

PIN: ‪498 766 362#

 

Melody Fairchild has been called the greatest high school distance runner in U.S. history!  We were lucky enough to have her as our guest speaker at East’s inaugural High Altitude running camp five years ago at Snow Mountain Ranch.  As a child she took up running on her own volition. By age ten she was running a hilly five mile run daily, timing herself to make herself faster each day. By age fifteen she was a high school phenom. She won her hometown Bolder Boulder three consecutive times. Between Cross Country and Track, she won eight state titles and became only the second person to defend their title at the Foot Locker National Championship, winning in 1989 and 1990. Melody’s winning time of 16:39 was by a quarter of a mile over the second place finisher and is still the standing course record at Balboa Park in San Diego.  She is the first female scholastic athlete to run two miles in less than 10 minutes (9:55.9), a record she held for 22 years.  While still in high school, she finished third in the 1991 World Junior Cross Country Championships behind two Kenyon runners.

 

Following high school, Melody ran for the storied Oregon Ducks program. She struggled initially at the University of Oregon in the mid-1990s due to injuries, but she came away a 3,000m indoor NCAA champion and an Olympic trials qualifier in the 10K (1996) and marathon (2000). She also was U.S. World Track and Field Championships team member in the 1997 5k. In 2012 Melody made the U.S. Mountain Running Team and went on to the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy, where she placed eighth, helping Team USA earn a gold medal for the first time since 2007.  She then helped Team USA win another gold medal at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge at the challenging Jungfrau Marathon in Switzerland. In 2010 she won the 120 mile Transrockies stage race.  Melody is in the Oregon Ducks Athletic Hall of Fame and also a 2013 inductee into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame.

 

In 2007 she founded the Melody Fairchild Running Camp for High School Girls in an effort to help other athletes overcome the struggles she experienced first-hand in her own running career.  Melody is still a top master’s runner and an inspiring coach. Melody is also the founder and director of the Boulder Mountain Warriors, a youth running club in Boulder.  She has also co-authored a book titled “Girls Running”.

Holiday Scavenger Hunt!

Hey Runners,

See how many of these you can spot/achieve on 1 run.  Contest ends on 7/7/20 at 5:00pm.  Enjoy!!

10 American Flags

Fireworks of any kind

Parade

BBQing/Grilling

Ice Cream

Bonfire

Frisbee

Inflatable Swimming Pool

People playing in the sprinklers or having a water fight

Black Lives Matter Sign

East 2020 Sign

Political Yard Sign

Someone with fantastic running form

Someone running staircases

Someone doing a hill workout

Someone doing a speed workout

Someone wearing East gear

One of your teammates running (can’t be with you)

One of your coaches running

The Capital Building

Washington Park

Cheeseman Park

Congress Park

City Park

Any of the DPS High Schools (1 point for each)

A time of over 60 minutes on your watch

A distance of over 8 miles

Negative splits over the whole run

Guest Speakers for Tuesday, June 30

We have a fantastic panel of speakers for this week’s meeting, see more info below.  Here is the link for Tuesday’s meeting at 5:00pm:

Meeting ID

meet.google.com/czq-oukp-qxy

Phone Numbers

(‪US)‪+1 747-202-5470

PIN: ‪498 766 362#

Laura Puckett Daniels

Head Track Coach and Co-Head Cross-Country Coach of the Crested Butte Titans

Laura grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she started running cross-country and track in seventh grade. In gym class, the only activity she enjoyed was the day everyone else hated–the once a year one mile run. So when cross-country became an option, it was a natural fit. Laura ran at a small private high school (240 kids) for 7th-10th grade, where she competed in the State Championship (single A division) for cross-country twice and track once (4 x 800). Laura then transferred to a large public high school (2500+ kids) for 11th and 12th grade. There, she competed in the State Championship (double A division–there are only 2 divisions in Minnesota) for cross-country once and track twice (3200). Laura’s team became the cross-country Conference Champions and Regional Champions, and she held her school record for the 4K in cross-country (girls only ran 4K back then!). Laura went on to run Division 1 cross-country and track at Davidson College in North Carolina. At Davidson, she ran the 5K in cross-country and the 3K and 5K in track. Laura was the captain of the cross-country team for 3 years, earned MVP honors, and helped the team to their first Conference Championship in her senior year.

After college, Laura enjoyed running and racing for fun, but these days, most of her running energy goes into coaching the Titans. Laura has coached track and cross-country off-and-on since 2009. Under Laura’s tutelage, her Titans have set many school records and taken runners to the 2A state championship every year, tallying up many podium finishes, including an 800m state champion. Laura loves helping the next generation of kids learn, grow, and feel empowered through running. Laura is also a very accomplished Nordic skier and mountain bike rider.

Sydney Peterson

D1 Cross-Country and Track Athlete at Colorado State University

Sydney is a former student athlete of Laura’s. Growing up in Crested Butte, Colorado she played EVERY possible sport before discovering distance running. In middle school, Sydney was obsessed with basketball and volleyball, played baseball, danced, skied, and ran at track meets that didn’t conflict with club basketball tournaments. During Sydney’s freshman year of high school, she fell in love with the feeling of pushing her body to its limits. After qualifying for the 2A state meet in the 1600m and 3200m, Sydney decided to give cross country a try during her sophomore year. She finished her high school career with 14 state medals, a runner-up state finish in the 3200m, and a school record in the 4x400m. The highlights of her high school running career were the lifelong friendships she made with teammates and coaches, and at the end of her senior year, she wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the strong community she found in competitive sports.

Sydney now runs Division I track and cross-country for Colorado State University where she is studying Biomedical Sciences. Sydney runs the 6K in cross-country and the 3K, 5K, and steeplechase in track. Sydney’s first year of competing at CSU was cut short by COVID-19, but she is looking forward to a great next few years with her teammates.

Cameron (Cam) Smith

World Class Competitor in Trail Running, Ski Mountaineering (Skimo) and Mountain Biking

Cam is one of the nation’s top trail running and ski mountaineering athletes. He is on the US World Cup Team in ski mountaineering. He also coaches adults including Laura Puckett Daniels and Coach Delaney in trail running and Nordic skiing.

Cam ran track and XC in high school at Rockford Guilford in Illinois and loved it. Guilford is a large school (2,000 kids) but had pretty poor running programs. While at Guilford, they never had much team success to speak of. Cam’s high school PR in cross-country was 15:39 and in track the 1600 at 4:27 during his senior year, but did not qualify for state in either, nor did he receive any interest from NCAA schools. Although Cam absolutely loved running and wanted to do everything he could to continue with cross-country and track in college, nagging injuries were a huge hindrance. Cam planned to walk on at Western Colorado University’s storied cross country and track teams, but with some Achilles issues his senior year, he realized that he couldn’t keep loving something so much if he could not stay healthy doing it. Cam had committed to Western as a school by that point. So before arriving on campus In fall of 2014, he decided to make a leap of faith and move on from HS/NCAA running and try trail running, mountain biking, skiing (Skimo and Nordic) on Western’s Mountain Sports Club Team and participate “non-competitively”.

Cam contends that he was pretty awful at all those activities his first year in college. But he was having so much fun that he was still putting a ton of work into personal improvement. Western’s Mountain Sports Club Team is a wonderful program that gave him coaching and guidance in everything. As Cam steadily improved, he could not ignore the competitive juices that flowed through him, and threw out his “non-competitive” plan and started enjoying some successes. He improved exponentially throughout college and qualified for the Skimo World Championships as a junior, then as a senior was part of Western’s winning D2 National Championship in mountain biking and won his first Grand Traverse (GT) ski race that winter. The GT is a 40 mile backcountry ski mountaineering race (Skimo) that climbs 6,200 feet over the Elk Mountains from Crested Butte to Aspen at midnight (to mitigate avalanche risk). It is the longest Skimo race in the world with participants from across the country and the world competing.  Cam has won the GT race the last two years it has been held. He has also won the trail running edition the last two years, breaking his own course record by 20 minutes in 2019 at a blistering 8:19 min/mile pace. He has also finished first in the GT Triple Crown (including mountain biking) the last two years as well and holds that course record by 45 minutes! At 24 years old, Cam has only scratched the surface of his potential.

Tuesday’s guest speaker: Murray Banks

Murray Banks will be our guest speaker on Tuesday, June 23 at 5:00.

Meeting link:

Meeting ID

meet.google.com/czq-oukp-qxy

Phone Numbers

(‪US)‪+1 747-202-5470

PIN: ‪498 766 362#

 

Murray Banks is an extraordinary athlete and an inspirational human being. Murray has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for track and cross-country at both his high school and at the State University of New York at Cortland. Murray has also been named both teacher-of-the-year and coach-of-the-year in Vermont. As an adult, Murray is a former US Masters record holder at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship and a Nordic skiing Masters World Champion as well. He is the only person in the world to have won masters world championships in both of these sports. He later became a sought-after motivational speaker for school districts and in corporate America.  At 72, Murray still coaches youth to masters level Nordic skiers in Crested Butte and is considered both a coaching guru for the adults and a pied piper for the children in the Crested Butte community. Although Murray is not able to run any longer, he continues to ski, swim or ride his bike daily. He lives in Crested Butte, Colorado nine months of the year. He and his wife Jane (also a former champion runner and triathlete) spend their summers in an off-the-grid cabin on a small island near Middlebury, Vermont. They have been doing this for almost 50 years since they were both young teachers in Vermont. On a daily basis, Murray’s raw enthusiasm for a carpe diem lifestyle, unusual love for other people and boundless energy is a source of happiness for everyone around him.