Coaches from the national Run SMART Project were in Steamboat Springs this week to work with high school students. The camp came to an end Saturday.

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Coaches from the national Run SMART Project were in Steamboat Springs this week to work with high school students. The camp came to an end Saturday.

National running camp coaches visit Steamboat with focus on health, fitness

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Coaches from the national Run SMART Project were in Steamboat Springs this week to work with high school students. The camp came to an end Saturday.

— Putting one foot in front of the other isn’t too hard, but learning to do it faster than anyone else is the challenge. That is where Run SMART Project comes in.

Thanks to the efforts of local resident Lisa Renee Tumminello, the program has found its way to Steamboat Springs for a high school running camp with 21 participants. The camp came to an end Saturday.

Tumminello said that when she first came to the Yampa Valley, she was impressed with the abundance of incredible athletes. With her background in cycling and running, she thought, “How can we delve into this?”

The answer was bringing Run SMART to town and putting on one of the first running camps Steamboat has hosted.

“What’s so exciting, with this being the first running camp in town, is the passion this group has for coaching,” Tummenillo said.

The group is led by Brian Rosetti, a 10-time Atlantic 10 Conference Champion in distance running, who began Run SMART with two other coaches as a way to give back to the running community. Today, Run SMART comprises 12 coaches who run camps across the country.

The group of coaches in Steamboat for the week includes NCAA 10K record holder Alicia Shay, Georgetown University’s women’s cross-country head coach Mike Smith, high school All-American cross-country runner Andre Laboy and local physical therapist Erin Rosso, who also is an athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist.

“With a lot of high school athletes, their coaches are skilled in specific areas,” Tummenillo said. “So what we try to do here is provide a lot of different skills.”

That philosophy along with the incredible resume of each coach on the Run SMART staff is the reason the camp boasted athletes from nine states.

“We have athletes from all over, so it is kind of cool to see all these athletes all together working on the same thing,” coach Laboy said.

Laboy also is a key component of Run SMART’s free web application that helps runners create training programs based on formulas developed by legendary physiologist and running coach Jack Daniels, who is planning on joining the camp for its second year in Steamboat.

Although the camp’s focus is on giving high school athletes the skills to improve their running, it also puts a strong emphasis on health and fitness, which was highlighted in a presentation from Tummenillo’s husband, a former runner who has climbed Mount Everest and rowed across the Indian Ocean.

“What’s (most) important is showing them a deeper level of commitment to being the best you can be,” she said.

Jake Miller, a 2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, is working as a summer intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He recently completed his freshman year at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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