As we near the completion of the first week, I am amazed with the growth of the Championship Training Academy summer running camp. CTA began in 2009 to help foster a love of running and prepare kids in Elmhurst for their cross-country season. 90 kids were part of that first summer camp. Three years later, we have over 260 kids and a staff of 18! The majority of registrants are Elmhurst residents, with 15 other communities represented. Kids from neighboring communities like Villa Park, Lombard, Hinsdale, and Addison are attending. Amazingly, kids from communities much further away are commuting to Elmhurst to run in the coolest camp in Illinois. I know; I am biased. LaGrange Park, Burr Ridge, Willowbrook, Berwyn, Cicero, Park Ridge, Aurora, Montgomery, Lake Forest and Cave Creek are all represented. Cave Creek? Where is Cave Creek? Arizona? Yes, Arizona. The Championship Training Academy has gone national!