Runners aged 16 to 20 are being encouraged to head to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany on 25-29 May for the Salomon Running Academy. The academy kicked off in 2015 with the aim of not only recruiting and nurturing new talent, but also bringing together two generations of runners and building lasting relationships.
Jonathan Wyatt, one of the veteran athletes involved along with Anna Frost and Max King, says: “I want to give something back to the sport that I love, by actively helping the next generation.”
Salomon stress that it isn’t about putting young athletes in competition with one another and signing up the winners. A point Micha Steiner, a young Swiss athlete who attended the 2015 academy, acknowledges: “It was refreshing to be told that you don’t have to be the best. The attitude was to help us all be the best we can, and above all to have fun”
Event organiser Greg Vollet was impressed by the level of the 2015 group, some of whom are soaring ahead with their careers today: “Having fun with running is what will attract young talent to the sport and keep it authentic and healthy. Above all, it’s about sharing the passion. The great thing about enthusiasm is that it’s contagious!”
This year's academy attendees can expect boundless energy, wild descents and a fair amount of goofing around with the 'vets', on and off the trails. There will also be product development workshops and plenty of in-depth advice on how to manage their sport, both physically and mentally, from athletes who’ve been there and learnt from experience.
For more information visit the Salomon Running Academy website.