Summer Striders

Summer Striders is an exceptional program offered to 9- and 10-year-olds who would like to stay active and challenged over the summer! Our Tahoe XC/TCCSEA coaches will lead the Summer Striders through 3 months of running, biking, and hiking for 2 days a week plus one day each month for a longer event. On Mondays, the Summer Striders will be joining the Junior Development Team for training and activities.

Start date: Week of June 5th
Practie Days: Mondays & Fridays, weekly
Practice Time: 3:30pm

  • Once school ends, and the afternoon temperatures start to heat up, Summer Striders will shift to a morning meeting time of 9am.

Practice length: Range from 1-1.5 hours
Location: North Tahoe High School or Tahoe XC
Registration: $325 for the Summer program fee, per participant
Program Overview: Summer Striders will meet as indicated above. Once school ends (TTUSD end date June 23), and the afternoon temperatures start to heat up, Summer Striders will shift to a morning meeting time, TBD. Once a month, Summer Striders will meet for an additional day with longer hours. Locations and times will vary based on activity and coaching schedule. Locations may include the West Shore and Truckee. Program exceptions may include weather, trail conditions, fire/smoke, holidays, coach availability, and “field trip” workouts. Email notifications will be sent ahead of time with details about each workout, time, and meeting place.

Kids on Hike, Lakeview

Goals of Each Workout

  • Promote general fitness
  • Get outside with friends
  • Foster love for a healthy lifestyle

Weekly Workouts - What to Expect

Workouts are designed to encourage kids to try a broad range of activities, including but not limited to:

  • Trail running
  • Mountain biking
  • Hill bounding
  • Hiking
  • Team games


  • Trail running shoes
  • Eye protection
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Layered clothing appropriate for varying weather conditions
  • Sunscreen
  • Smile and a positive attitude

Head Coaches

Kili Lehmkuhl

Kili Lehmkuhl Head Shot

Kili Lehmkuhl is a North Tahoe High School graduate, class of 2021. She recently finished her first year at Colorado University (CU) Boulder. Kili is majoring in Environmental Science and is an athlete on the CU Nordic Ski team. Kili’s nordic career started with us, here at Tahoe XC as soon as she could walk. She participated in Strider Gliders, North Tahoe Middle School Nordic team, Tahoe XC Devo Team, North Tahoe High School Nordic team, and the Auburn Ski Club COMP team. She has grown up on the North Shore of Tahoe, which is her favorite place to be. Kili loves the outdoors and can’t wait to share her passion for the trails, adventure, and skiing with others.

Zack Karas

Zack Karas

Zack Karas grew up in Colorado, fostering a love of everything outdoors and human-powered. He moved to Tahoe City 17 years ago, after remembering how much he enjoyed the area when thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 2003. His other thru-hikes include 1/3 of the Appalachian Trail, the entire Continental Divide Trail, Colorado Trail, the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain and a traverse of Iceland from north to south. He’s also a local cross-country ski racer and bike racer. Some of his more recent podium finishes include the Great Ski Race, Alpenglow 20k, Mammoth Marathon and Heart of Gold and Truckee Tahoe Gravel bike races. He enjoys exploring all Tahoe has to offer with his 2 boys who have been Strider Gliders since pre-school.