NAU's Center for High Altitude Training Center hosts conditioning clinic for youth Jan. 29

FLAGSTAFF--Youth runners in Flagstaff will have a chance to train with emerging elite athletes by attending a conditioning clinic from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 29 in Northern Arizona University's Walkup Skydome.

The three-hour clinic, hosted by NAU's Center for High Altitude Training, will offer training in the areas of running workouts, track drills and balance training to youth in grades 6 to 12. Jack Daniels, the center's head distance coach, will direct the clinic, assisted by performance trainer John Blievernicht, president of the Institute for Sports, Health and Fitness.

Two emerging elite runners also will provide instruction and mentoring to the clinic participants: Meghan MacArdy (10K runner) and Brandon Leslie (marthoner).

"We are very fortunate to have Meghan and Brandon participating in this clinic," said Natalie Harlan, center director. "They not only are exceptional athletes, but they are wonderful role models for our female and Native American youth runners in Flagstaff."

The clinic is being offered as part of the center's Community Olympic Development Program, a component of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The program offers coaching and training opportunities to youth in and around Flagstaff. Although there is no charge to attend the clinic, which is funded by charitable donations, registration is required. Details and online registration are available at www.nau.edu/highaltitude, click on "News & Events."

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