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10-year-old runner from Ridgewood to compete at Nationals

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10-year-old runner from Ridgewood to compete at Nationals

DECEMBER 10, 2014    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014, 1:21 AM
BY NEIL AMDUR
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They are as different as night and day. Camryn Wennersten, 10, is quiet and competitive, stubbornly unyielding. Her younger sister Peyton, 7, is outspoken, a “sparkle diva,” according to track coach John Murtaugh, who has worked with the sisters.

But the Wennersten sisters share a common passion, running, that appears to have no limits in a Ridgewood family steeped in sports. Last month their mother and father, Kevin and Taryn Wennersten, completed the New York City Marathon. On Thanksgiving Day, the entire family — Kevin, Taryn, Camryn, Peyton and their older brothers, Bryce and Triston — ran a 5-kilometer race in Upper Saddle River.

On Saturday Camryn, already the best in her age group in the county, state and mid-Atlantic region, will measure her skill and will in a 3-kilometer race at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C. More than 3,000 runners in categories from 8-and-under through 17-18 will compete.

https://www.northjersey.com/community-news/family/setting-the-pace-for-the-family-1.1149425

6 thoughts on “10-year-old runner from Ridgewood to compete at Nationals

  1. I wouldn’t let my kids run until they were freshman in HS.

    Plenty of burnout stories out there about kids that did too much too soon.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/sports/too-fast-too-soon-young-endurance-runners-draw-cheers-and-concerns.html?pagewanted=all

  2. Awesome. Best of Luck!

  3. Murtaugh does a great job at Pascack Valley HS. He’s great with kids of all ages.

  4. No concern for burnout here. Camryn trains twice a week only 1 hour per session. That’s a mere 2 hours per week of training & she is posting great results.
    Burnout would be be the 15-20 hours per week of gymnastics in which she was competing in for the previous 4 years. Point proven- she is no longer a competitive gymnast but instead a happy & confident runner!

  5. No concern for burnout here. Camryn trains twice a week only 1 hour per session. That’s a mere 2 hours per week of training & she is posting great results.
    Burnout would be be the 15-20 hours per week of gymnastics in which she was competing in for the previous 4 years. Point proven- she is no longer a competitive gymnast but instead a happy & confident runner!

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