MARYSVILLE — For the second year in a row, Marysville native and two-time Olympian Jarred Rome will be hosting a throwing clinic for athletes and coaches, on Saturday, March 9, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
Registration is open to athletes of all ages who are looking for ways to improve on their throwing skills for shot put, discus and javelin, as well as coaches interested in learning more about training. Pre-registration is available at www.jarredrome.org/register or the day of the event from 9-10 a.m.
Rome competed in the 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games as a member of the United States Track and Field team. He is a two-time national champion and a six-time NCAA All-American.
He graduated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in 1995, and hosted the first throwing clinic as a way to give back to his home town.
“I started this clinic to get Snohomish County throwers together and teach them the skills they need, while teaming up with Randy Davis and the M-P Boosters,” said Rome. “That’s the one thing I wanted to do in Marysville and last year we had 30 kids. I had such a big response that I’m trying to get the community aware that there is still time to join. This is something that I want to continue to do for the next 10, 15, 20 years.”
Rome got his start competing as a member of the Tomahawks’ track and field team, and credits the program with giving him a sense of purpose.
“The reason I love track and field so much is that it’s the largest high school sport in America and every kid can find an event — the big kids throw, the skinny kids run, the tall kids high jump, the fast kids sprint. It’s the greatest sport and I want to get more kids involved so that hopefully we’ll see another Olympian in a Marysville school or Snohomish or Everett.”
This year, Rome teamed up with two-time Olympian Duncan Atwood, who competes in javelin and has won three national championships.
“This year I added javelin,” said Rome. “Each year I hope to add events, perhaps high jump or pole vault next year. I foresee this becoming something bigger than throwing events. I’m just trying to bring knowledgement to the area. An Olympic level clinic can change the knowledge of coaches at each high school for what they can get out to the athletes.”
The clinic is $90 for athletes and $100 for coaches. Groups of five or more from the same school pay only $70 per athlete. A portion of the fees go to support the Tomahawks’ track and field team. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. on March 9 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School at 5611 108th St. NE. The clinic runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Athletes are required to bring running shoes, throwing shoes, implements (shot puts, discs and javelins), athletic clothes, paper, pen, lunch and snacks.
For more information visit www.jarredrome.org.