Running Retreats: the empowerment of running

Minnesuing Acres Woman's Running Retreat Rocks with Olympian Kara Goucher

Kara Goucher
Kara Goucher
Kara Goucher

 

In the fall of 2014, running enthusiasts Scott Keenan, the founder and former director of Grandma's Marathon, and Jim Polinsky, General Manager of Minnesuing Acres, met to discuss partnering to develop, organize and host a women's running camp at Polinsky’s resort. The goal was to provide the ultimate running experience to women of all abilities, and to put together a world-class team of coaches that would share their love of the sport, provide expert training tips, and empower participants throughout the retreat weekend.

The retreat took place on the weekend of October 16-18, and two-time Olympian Kara Goucher was brought in as the head coach. Kara's exceptional career includes the 2008 and 2012 Olympics when she represented the U.S. in the 10,000 meters and marathon, respectively. Kara turned in a history-making American performance by finishing third in the 2008 NYC Marathon, crossing the finish line in 2:25:53 to post the fastest marathon debut ever by an American woman.

The coaching lineup also included: former Olympian Adam Goucher; Janis Klecker, a 1992 marathon Olympian, and her husband Barney, who holds the 50km U.S. road racing record of 2:52:48 in 1983 (also the 50M record, I believe); Katie McGee, 3 time Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier who has been a national class runner for over 20 years; Gloria Jansen, who holds dozens of age group and single age records in Minnesota in distances ranging from one mile to the marathon; and Rochelle Christensen, who has finished 27 marathons, 2 Ironmans and a 50-mile ultra.

The weekend was full of presentations from the coaches, medical staff and running equipment experts. One of the highlights was Janis Klecker's talk on Running Celebration of the Heart and Soul, where she expressed the true love of the sport and the importance of family. Janis reached deeply in the Hearts and Souls of all in attendance. There was no shortage of audience tears!

The weekend was full of presentations from the coaches, medical staff and running equipment experts. One of the highlights was Janis Klecker's talk on Running Celebration of the Heart and Soul, where she expressed the true love of the sport and the importance of family. Janis reached deeply in the Hearts and Souls of all in attendance. There was no shortage of audience tears!

The engaging conversations among the participants, coaches and staff brought made the weekend feel more like a large family reunion than a conference.

The retreat included five-star meals and hospitality, phenomenal group runs with the coaches on scenic trails, and fantastic lodge activities that included yoga, indoor swimming, hot tubs, boat rides and, the retreat favorite, skeet shooting.

The retreat was powerful, tearful, engaging, fun, relaxing, and educational, but most importantly it was empowering. 95 women came to northwest Wisconsin and brought their lives together!

For more information on this retreat and next years offering, visit: http://www.minnesuingacresrunningretreat.com/

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