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National biathlete returns
home to P.E.I.

Tea Hill 8K for Carsen Campbell set for July 22

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 17, 2017

CANMORE, Alta. – Carsen Campbell spent the last two minutes of his minor hockey career in the penalty box.
“My mother said that was enough of that,” said Campbell, who grew up in Bedeque, P.E.I. “My parents didn’t really like a lot of aspects of minor hockey, and there was not a whole lot else to do in the winter time in P.E.I.”
He didn’t want to be a cross-country skier because he thought that “sounded like the most boring sport in the world.” Biathlon, on the other hand, presented an exciting prospect for the young athlete.
And, as it turned out, he was pretty good at it.

Bedeque, P.E.I. native Carsen Campbell is home visiting from Canmore, Alta., where he lives and trains as a member of Canada’s national biathlon team. The Tea Hill 8K for Carsen Campbell will take place in Stratford on Saturday, July 22.

Photo courtesy of Carsen Campbell

Campbell now lives and trains in Canmore, Alta. as a member of Canada’s national biathlon team, but is making his first summer visit back to the Island in five years. To help him deal with the expenses of living and training as a full-time athlete, a fundraising run, the Tea Hill 8K for Carsen Campbell, will be held in Stratford on Saturday, July 22.
“There are a lot of expenses… racing expenses, and training expenses, and also, because I’m a full-time athlete, I’m offsetting my living expenses,” he explained. “It’s hard to have a regular job when you’re training full-time.”
The run will start and finish at Stratford’s beautiful Tea Hill Park and Beach, following a fairly hilly coastal route with ocean views.
The event will include a post-run barbecue, and meet-and-greet with Campbell, who also does a lot of running as part of his biathlon training. Most recently, he took part in a 52K run on Mount Assiniboine among the Canadian Rockies.
His most important goal now is the trials for the Canadian World Cup team coming up in November, while aspirations of making the Olympic team are also on the horizon.
For now, he is happy to be home and is looking forward to the event on Sunday.
“I’m hoping to see a lot of old friends and stuff,” said Campbell. “It’s down in the park n Stratford, which should be a nice venue.”
For more on the Tea Hill 8K for Carsen Campbell, visit here .