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07-11-2016

New Clarkson University Running Camp Introduces Kids to Cross-Country & Nordic Skiing

Clarkson University students Sarah Duclos '19 and Ana Witkowski '19 both discovered their love of sports through running clubs as children.

Running CampNow on the cross country and Nordic ski teams, they are inspiring the next generation of athletes.

Clarkson's Running Camp meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays until July 21 at Pine Street Arena in Potsdam, N.Y.

Co-sponsored by the Potsdam Recreation Department, the free camp is an opportunity for children ages 9 to 13 to get involved in the outdoors and be introduced to running and Nordic skiing.

"We wanted to provide kids with a space to have fun and be active," said Witkowski of Peru, Vt. As a biomolecular science and pre-med student, Witkowski said she enjoys working with children and plans to be a pediatrician one day.

The evening begins with a warm-up lap around the field, followed by a series of drills and relay races where teams practice different exercises. Participants are encouraged to bring water bottles, and the group regularly takes breaks to stay hydrated.

Duclos and Witkowsi said the camp helps participants stay active during the summer, when fewer activities are available to children outside of school.

"It's a fun, interactive way to get kids started in sports," said Duclos, a mechanical engineering student from Clifton Park, N.Y. "My favorite part is seeing the kids have fun and be motivated."

For more information, contact Witkowski at witkowam@clarkson.edu or 585-953-9307; or contact Duclos at duclosse@clarkson.edu or 518-728-6847.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University students Ana Witkowski '19, left, and Sarah Duclos '19, seventh from left, lead a group of children in a series of exercises during their new Running Camp.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/runningcamp-2016.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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