Velocitas track club aims to close gap with bigger schools through training

Velocitas track club aims to close gap

with bigger schools through training


James Tilson

Staff writer


            GUNNISON—It is not unusual for central Utah high school athletes to be at a competitive disadvantage to athletes from the Wasatch Front. But one Sanpete high school coach has decided to do something about it.

            Carl Wimmer, track coach at Gunnison Valley High School, has created the Velocitas track club, open to high school aged runners living in central Utah. The club starts on August 1, with training 2-3 times a week, in preparation for the indoor winter track season. The club will train runners competing in events of 800 meters or less, and hurdlers.

            Wimmer came up with the idea for Velocitas after this year’s Utah High School Track and Field Championships. While the athletes from Sanpete and central Utah competed very well, he noticed that almost all the top finishers had been competing since January. And they had been training since August or September.

            Wimmer wants to give central Utah runners that same opportunity to train and compete as the runners from Salt Lake and Provo do. He will also offer personalized attention to keep young athletes sharp, make them stronger and faster, while preventing overuse and injuries.

            Velocitas will work with all central Utah students, including those who compete in fall or winter sports. Students wishing to be a part of Velocitas can contact Coach Wimmer by emailing him at carl@carlwimmer.com.