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Posted: June 5, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Grand Targhee Resort To Host Dreamchaser Training Camp for Runners

Join accomplished local coach Lisa Smith-Batchen and elite guest coaches for training camp in the Tetons

(Alta, WY -- June 5, 2009) -- Runners preparing for their first hundred miler or their first hundred feet will have access to an elite group of coaches and athletes in a spectacular high-alpine setting during the Dreamchaser Training Camp August 4-9, 2009 at Grand Targhee Resort. The camp will feature some of the top endurance athletes in the country, including:

Lisa Smith-Batchen is an accomplished endurance athlete whose achievements include two first place finishes among nine Badwater Ultramarathons, and becoming the first and only American woman to win the elite Marathon des Sables Ultramarathon in the Moroccan Sahara. Lisa is a member of the Smith/Pearl Izumi Ultrarunning Team and has combined her personal experiences and natural athletic abilities into a professional coaching career.

Andy Jones Wilkins is an elite ultrarunner who won and set a new course record for the Grand Teton 100 Mile race in 2007. His "day job" as a headmaster in Ketchum, ID has helped him develop his coaching acumen.

Barb Lindquist is an accomplished triathlete who, upon retiring from racing, transitioned to a coach for pros and the under-23 national triathlon team. As a member of the 2004 USA Olympic Triathlon Team and while ranked #1 in the world among Triathltes, Barb used the Tetons as her training ground -- and continues to call the region home.

Ray Zahab is a Canadian endurance athlete and professional coach who has won some of the world's most difficult and challenging ultra-distance foot races, including the Yukon Arctic Ultra, the Libyan Challenge and the Gobi March. In January 2009 he and two other Canadians broke the world speed record from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole.

Dr. Lisa Bliss is a physician, board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Badwater Medical Director since 2003, heading up a team of 8-10 medical professionals for the race held in Death Valley in July. She has completed 60 ultramarathons, has run the Badwater Ultramarathon twice and won the women's race in 2007.

Consistent with all Dreamchaser camps, the camp focus is on learning to be the best you can be through fitness and will include running, walking, hiking, stretching, cross training and core work. There will be a special emphasis at this camp on trail running for all ability levels. Specific focus will be placed on:

  • Choosing the right gear for your adventures, including backpacks and hydration systems
  • Eating and drinking for great results in training, racing and recovery
  • Dressing for success in training or your participation in a race.
  • Preparing to run in the heat, even if you're training in colder climates (and vice versa)
  • Pacing yourself during training and during the race
  • Incorporating massage into your training regimen
  • Improving your running and powerwalking form, embracing the importance of the proper biomechanics
  • Caring for your feet and using your heart rate monitor

The fee for the five day camp is $1795 and includes:

  • Daily training program
  • Equipment rental
  • Transportation during camp to any training events held off-site
  • Evening program options, including health and wellness discussions and round table discussions with guest speakers
  • Two meals a day, beginning with dinner on the evening of August 4th and concluding with breakfast on the morning of August 9th
  • Double occupancy accommodation for 5 evenings, beginning August 4th.

For more information please contact Colleen Woods at or visit the website at

Grand Targhee Resort is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho. Tucked among spectacular Teton views and national forest land, Grand Targhee is an intimate summer getaway for adventure-seekers, with miles of lift-accessed hiking, running and mountain biking trails, renowned music festivals and a variety of activities in a pristine high alpine environment. During the winter, our abundance of light powder snow (more than 500 inches annually) and virtual lack of lift lines creates an uncrowded skier and snowboarder paradise, continually recognized for great snow, genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty and excellent value. A leader in environmental resort practices, Grand Targhee Resort was recently honored with the prestigious 2009 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence. For more information, please visit our website at

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