If you’ve been around the Center for skiing or biking for any length of time, you’ll be well aware of who this week’s #saturdaystaffspotlight is. Keith Woodward has been at the Center off and on since the second year we were up and running, back in 1977. Another member of the jack of all trades club at the Center, Keith has worked all over the place. Starting out as a running coach for a couple weeks in the summer of ’77, he also helped start the Road Scholars program (previously called Elder Hostel) for our skiers, has washed dishes, has groomed trails, has built trails, runs our weekly races on said trails… the list goes on. Born and Raised in East Corinth, VT, Keith jumped back and forth between Craftsbury and home for a number of years before sticking around full time since 2008. When he isn’t working on our trails, your best bet is to find Keith training for some sort of bike or running race - many of them pretttttty high up there. This year he raced at the National Championships for duathlon (run-bike-run) where he qualified for World Championships and proceeded to win his division in the draft legal sprint in Denmark a couple months ago. He apparently dabbled with triathlons for a bit but swimming is his Achilles heel of the three so instead of having to make up time during the run, he’s swapped it out and crushes the run on both legs… of the race. Though that didn’t stop him from training for a half Iron Man and qualify for the National Championships back in the day. Currently he’s toying with the idea of training for the Master’s World Cup since it’s in Norway this coming year and he’s been wanting to go. One of Keith’s pet projects over the years has been setting up the Tuesday night skiing races during the winter so you have him to thank any time you have to race up Dennis’ Nemesis. Next time you’re at the Center, cruise down Woodward’s Wheelie as a thanks to all Keith’s work at the Center!
Waiting for the sky to clear this AM has us flashing back to sunnier days with #RaidLaMoille. Can't wait for next year! July 20, 2019. Hey @ridegrvl, can we do it tomorrow instead? 2018 Gallery - http://bit.ly/2MuVXfz, 📷 - @dmarshallphoto . . . @ridecannondale @skirackvt @colavitacares @alchemistbeer @citizencider @untappedmaple @craftsburygeneral @paradisofarmcoffee @nuttystephs
What's Craftsbury like? Here's one answer, assembled from our Running Director @heidihohi’s summer! #onesecondeveryday
Here’s a collection of photos from last weekend’s App Gap Challenge rollerski race - we’re proud of all our Craftsbury racers. Check out the craftsbury.com website for a news report with link to results. Thanks @nensa_nordic for bringing the ski community together for a summer competition. #tbt #skiersinsummer #nensa #Vermont 📷: 1-2 @sia_nordic, 3-8 Penni Rand Photography @pennirand
#Throwback Ric Ricci #CraftsburyArchives #1990s? #tbt #craftsburyoutdoorcenter
This week we would like to talk to you all about Ric Ricci, head coach of Connecticut College Men’s Rowing team and another of our Associate Directors for our sculling camps. Ric has been here about as long as anyone (except Russ Spring Jr.), having started coaching at the Center in 1982. While coaching at Conn College in 1981, a friend of his suggested he check out Craftsbury for his team’s spring training trip. Responding with the very valid point of “why would I take my team north to row in Vermont during March?” Ric didn’t hear about the Center until the following spring of ’82 when the Director of Sculling called him up to see if he would coach that summer. Having heard about the Center twice within a year, he figured he should check out what all the hype was about so he came up to coach some of the camps that summer and has been back every summer since - 36 summers in VT. Ric has served as one of our associate directors since 2004, helping run the show with many of our favorites such as Pepa Miloucheva and Marlene Royle. Thanks for all the years of dedication, Ric!
Keep the summer stoke rolling into September at trail running camp! This 7-day camp of adventure runs, muddy legs, locally sourced meals, with some well deserved R&R in between. Come explore the untamed trails of the Northeast Kingdom. Read more - https://goo.gl/cZTTCr . . . 📷: @caitlinmpatterson from earlier this summer in the Whites
Over the weekend, @greenracingproject biathletes took on their first competitions of the season at the US Summer National Championships in Jericho, Vermont. Susan Dunklee, Clare Egan, Kelsey Dickinson and Alex Howe all produced podium results! Hallie Grossman, Emily Dreissigacker, Raleigh Goessling and Jake Brown showed promising summer form, and GRP Nordic athletes Kaitlynn Miller and Akeo Maifeld-Carucci made biathlon cameos. Photos by @jeni_forbes
@the_vt3_ Riders: So. Much. Fun! Who's in for 2019? . . . Find GC results at the link in our bio! Find @barkermountainbikes in Bethel, ME or online. Support the shops that support the sport you love.
Our Craftsbury junior skiers and the @greenracingproject climbed to podiums at the App Gap challenge rollerski race today near Waitsfield. Pictured here skiing side-by-side towards the top of the Gap are Quincy Massey-Bierman — top U16 woman — and Caitlin Patterson — top woman overall with a new course record! Other Craftsbury-affiliate podiums included Ida Sargent (2nd woman), Adam Martin (2nd man), Rena Schwartz (1st junior W), Alex Lawson (2nd junior W), Callie Young (3rd junior W), Finn Sweet (3rd junior M). Congrats to all our athletes for hard efforts and strong showings! #rollerski #race #AppGap #vermont 📷: Paul Bierman
Hey everyone! Meet Sam Dougherty for this week’s #saturdaystaffspotlight, biathlon coach for the @greenracingproject athletes that train at the Center year-round. Sam joined us in November of 2015 and hit the ground running - three days after arriving, he left with the team for the winter season. Coming to us from a coaching internship with the @usbiathlonteam, Sam has been working hard to grow the biathlon program here at the Center. After graduating college, he realized that he could have a much greater impact on biathlon as a coach rather than as an athlete so his main passion has become growing the sport and helping people reach their potential - “if that doesn’t sound too sappy.” We definitely don’t think so! While Sam’s main responsibility is with the elite athletes training at the Center, he has also spent considerable amounts of time coaching juniors with our BKL group as well as in outreach with the broader community. He loves how engaged the surrounding Craftsbury area has become with biathlon - “how cool is it to have kids and families waking up at 2am to watch our athletes at the World Cup?!?” Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Sam grew up in an area where cross country skiing in high school is for Alaska what football is for Texas. Starting biathlon at age 10 and then racing throughout high school and college at Montana State University (not to mention making a couple Junior World Biathlon teams) Sam has a very strong appreciation for providing kids the opportunity to compete in biathlon. As Ethan Dreissigacker has started to run the junior program, Sam is excited to continue the growth that the GRP Biathlon team has seen over the past couple years. Having a quarter of the USA @olympics team this year training at Craftsbury was an incredible representation for the Center and he’d like to see the GRP’s presence even higher this year for the Biathlon World Cup starting in December. Sam has been amazed at the Center’s support of its elite athletes and is excited to see our World Cup and IBU athletes race this year while also developing the new generation of recruits that have joined us over the past year. Keep crushing it, Sam!
The VT3 (@the_vt3_ ) stage race, presented by @barkermountainbikes and put on by our own Outdoor Center staff, showcases 3 trail networks in the NEK during 3 days of racing. Stage one drew 77 mountain bike riders to Hardwick, VT this evening for a pair-start 5 mile time trial. Top honors for the day went to Kerry Werner Jr. and Kelly Catale - full results available on barttiming.com #theVT3 #nek #Vermont #mountainbike #community #racetime 📷: @caitlinmpatterson/ @craftsburyoutdoorcenter