The Pajulahti Endurance Conference, which forms part of the European Athletics Coaching Summit Series, will be held this year from 24-26 November in the Pajulahti Olympic Training Center in Finland.
This year’s focus will be on training for the middle distance events and race walking; endurance athletes’ health; and co-operation between different endurance sports. The organisers have recruited top level coaches, athletes and other experts from around Europe to give inside accounts of their daily training sessions via lectures, keynote speeches and practical demonstrations.
One of the most awaited guests is 2015 world 800m bronze medallist Amel Tuka from Bosnia & Herzegovina. Tuka will be joined by his coach Gianni Ghidini - who also coached Kenya’s Wilfred Bungei to the Olympic title in 2008 - and they will lecture on how to master the 800m.
Another star guest is Johan Wettergren, the head coach of Swedish distance running. He will be lecturing on the Swedish model in the middle distances and the training which took Lovisa Lindh to a Swedish 800m record of 1:58.77 this summer.
Another main topic in this year’s conference is race walking. Race walking coach at British Athletics Andi Drake will lecture on the race walking training model in Great Britain which has seen a revival in their race walking fortunes in recent seasons.
Finnish race walker Aleksi Ojala - along with his coach Jani Lehtinen - will talk about his training programme while Esa Hynynen will lecture on the Finnish testing system in race walking and co-operation with KIHU Research Institute for Olympic Sports.
Another key topic of the three-day convention is that of elite athletes’ health. Medical director at the KIHU Maarit Valtonen will lecture on this topic. Other lecturers are Finnish experts: Ari Nummela, Olli-Pekka Kärkkäinen and Rami Virlander.
To register and for more information on the Pajulahti Endurance Conference, please follow this link.