By: Kamdin Montagne
While cross country is coming to an end, a new season is just beginning for some runners. Winter running is an opportunity for the athletes of Elkhorn High School to prepare for track in the spring or simply improve their abilities over the next few months.
The program is very self-sufficient and allows for students to work on whatever they feel they need to. “I’m kind of amazed at how well it runs by itself,” Cross Country coach Bob Wolf said. Wolf is in charge of winter running as well.
Sophomore Grace Lamski is participating in the chilly conditioning for her second year now “It helps build a base for track so you’re not starting at nothing, because for people who are new to track or just starting out it kinda takes awhile to build up a base so you’re already in your season when you’re starting to get good times and you wasted the first part of your season just building up a base.” she states. Lamski goes on to say “Track’s my favorite sport. I do cross country to get in shape for track it just all surrounds track.”
There are also challenges associated with running in the winter time, “In the winter the air’s a lot drier, and sometimes it will be icy, so you have to go to common ground, so you have to be flexible with your schedule.” said Lamski
Another runner, junior Jaden Gebeke, said he believes everyone should take part in the program.“I feel like even if you’re not in cross country you should just come and do it because there’s a lot of cool people here and it can help you stay in shape for any sport really,” Gebeke said. “Even if you’re doing baseball or any other sport in the spring it helps you stay in shape and will give you an edge over everyone else.” Winter runners have their sights set for spring and are running through the cold towards a warm welcome when the track begins.
Winter runner Brayden Adams starts his run on a brisk 46° day. Photo courtesy of Abbie Zymola.