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Smiles abound at ultimate track camp

 

Andrew Hines

Track and Field Campers race the 100 meter near the end of the day at Lakewood High School.

With the summer months and warm weather comes the long list of camps for the kids throughout the community. The Marysville Parks and Recreation teamed up with the Lakewood Track and Field Program once again to put on the Ultimate Sports Track and Field Camp, July 13.

Every year the four-day event has grown larger and the fun has grown with it. After a year of construction, the camp was back at Lakewood High School. Co-Head Coaches Jeff Sowards and Monica Rooney used their years of experience and some of their volunteer athletes to bring a special opportunity for the young athletes in the area.

"The smiles on kid's faces, them having fun and the parents telling you that this is their kid's highlight of the summer is amazing to me. I think giving them an opportunity to come out and work with our high school athletes/alumns is a great opportunity. And it is even nicer for me to see my athletes interact with the kids and have them shine while they teach them and have fun," said Lakewood Head Coach Jeff Sowards.

Andrew Hines

Maya Little clears the last hurdle July 13 as the campers compete in multiple events at Lakewood High School.

With some specialized practice/training equipment at their disposal, the Lakewood program is able to give their participants a wider variety of experiences. By not limiting their training to the track they are able to show the young athletes the other side of the sport field. This includes experience with shotput, discus and even javelin throughout the four days.

"The camp wouldn't happen without all the volunteers that give their time to the camp. You've seen the energy of the guys and gals running around here, and it's not just the events but also in the break times. It's a special community we have here," said Coach Sowards.

If you want to check out everything else that Marysville Parks and Rec. has in store for the rest of the Summer, you can go to marysvillewa.gov/147/Parks-Culture-Recreation.

 

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