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Augsburg Elite Distance Academy for Runners in Grades 7-12 Set for June 25-29; Developed by Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton, Heather Kampf

Minneapolis/St. Paul – Feb. 21, 2017 – Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton and Heather Kampf – both national champions and Olympic Trials qualifiers as well as coaches – have developed the Augsburg Elite Distance Academy for middle distance and distance runners in grades 7-12.  The Academy will be held at Augsburg College in Minneapolis beginning Sunday, June 25 and ending on Thursday, June 29.
The Academy will focus on developing knowledgeable and confident distance runners in accordance with Augsburg’s mission to educate students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers and responsible leaders.  Special activities will include guest speakers, volunteering in the community, goal setting and leadership training in addition to running.  Some 50 campers – both girls and boys - are expected for this first-time camp.
Peyton is a national champion at 20k and a top 10 finisher at a number of U.S. championships, along with a two-time qualifier in the Olympic Trials Marathon, and three-time U.S. World team member in the relay and cross country.  She graduated from the University of Iowa where she ran cross country and track and has been with Team USA Minnesota since 2008. 
Kampf graduated from the University of Minnesota where she ran collegiately and was a nine-time All American.  She joined Team USA Minnesota in 2010.  Since that time she has been a four-time champion in the U.S. Road Mile, a two-time member of the U.S. team competing at the Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge, a member of the U.S. World Indoor team in the 1500 meters, and a two-time Olympic Track Trials qualifier in the 1500 meters.  She is also known as the “Queen of the Road Mile” and has to date won 24 road mile races.
“We decided to develop this camp because we know how influential going to a running camp was when we were younger runners,” said Peyton, who is the head men’s and women’s cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at Augsburg, and has coached at the college for seven years.  “It’s also a great way to build camaraderie with athletes outside of your own team.  I’m really looking forward to working with Heather and Augsburg to bring this camp to life, and to share our knowledge and experience with the student-athletes.
“We think this Academy is unique because not only will athletes get world-class training advice, we will also work on developing their leadership skills and instilling the importance of community service.  It is our wish that students leave the camp more confident in their athletic abilities as well as their leadership skills so that they are even more prepared to take on the exciting challenges they will face as they progress through their careers both in running and life.”
The Academy begins at noon on June 25 and concludes at noon on June 29.  Registration includes housing in an Augsburg dormitory, all meals and snacks, elite coaching, confidence and leadership building activities, and guaranteed fun.  Athletes will train in areas in and around downtown Minneapolis, including paths along the Mississippi River Road and soft surfaces in nearby parks.  The Academy with housing option is $389, and as a commuter option is $315.
“I’m so excited to be involved with a camp that’s all about developing and supporting the whole person, not just the athlete,” said Kampf, who has been an assistant coach for the Apple Valley Girls Cross Country team for seven years, and coached track for five seasons at the high school.  “Kids can find a ton of information online these days about training, workouts, and tips from the Pro’s.  This camp will be an opportunity for runners to learn how to integrate all that great info into healthy and successful running careers, all the while being the kind of people that will use their gifts for a purpose as well.  Our goal is that this academy will be one of the highlights of the summer for these athletes.”
The location of the Augsburg Elite Distance Academy will be on the college campus at 715 23rd Ave S in Minneapolis.  For more information or to register for the Academy, go to
About Team USA Minnesota
Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Founded in 2001, the purpose of the training group is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Chris Lundstrom.  Team USA Minnesota’s gold sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion.  Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon.  For more information, visit the team’s web site at