Flying Forerunners 2014 - 2015 / U8 2013


The Flying Forerunners program is ideal for beginning skiers who want to improve their skills and try racing in a safe, fun, and controlled environment with children in the same age group. Participants must be independent skiers and must be able to manage equipment and ski lifts with minimal assistance. All the coaches for this age group have years of skiing experience, teaching experience, and enjoy working with children. Many are former racers and race parents returning to give back to the program were they began their involvement in the sport. Flying Forerunners meet on six consecutive Saturdays from the beginning of January through mid-February. Each session includes training, games on snow, and fun races. There is also an end-of-the-season party and banquet. Morning training begins at 9:30 AM and we ask that all athletes have all their equipment on and a ready to ski at that time. The groups will take a one hour lunch at 11:30 AM, and at 12:30 PM the groups will head back out to the slopes. The training day ends at 2:00 PM. * This program may be see adaptations due to Covid guidelines from USSA & NYSSRA.

The 2020-2021 season, Coach Larry and Coach Lauren will coach our most experienced forerunners, "U8s" (birth year 2013). This program uses creative environments and terrain to introduce more advance skills. The passion Coaches Larry and Lauren bring to the mountain each week is infectious. We encourage these athletes to participate in their first "race" away from Labrador Mountain, The Robin Skiff Pittard Memorial Fun Race at Skaneateles Ski Club.


Lauren Sweeny

Lauren has been a part of the Labrador Mountain Ski Team, since the first year Forerunners was established. She skied competitively throughout her childhood and continued to race at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lauren has coached the forerunners for the past few years and has assisted with older age groups in years past. Currently, Lauren works as an Occupational Therapist in the North Syracuse Central School District and resides in Fayetteville with her new husband, Tom. Outside of skiing, Lauren enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Larry Harris

Larry has been involved in the sport of Ski Racing for most of his life. First as a Junior Ski Racer, then as a member of the Cornell University Ski Team, and then as a parent of two Labrador Mountain Ski Racers. His children, Nate and Lauren, started as Flying Forerunners and both remained active as LMSC Ski Racers until they left for college. While a member of the Club Larry coached at all levels, was a perennial Chief of Race, and served as the Club’s Treasurer and President. Larry believes strongly that the sport builds both character and families, and he subscribes to an old saying of Kathy O’s….” there is a lot more than Ski Racing going on out there”. By skiing with the Clubs youngest skiers, Larry hopes to instill a true love of the sport and provide the very basic skiing fundamentals to foster the next great crop of Labrador Mountain Ski Racers. Larry is the Executive Vice President and CFO of Saab Defense and Security USA. He lives in Manlius with Ann Harris, his wife of 37 years.

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The Flying Forerunner program costs $190.00 per racer. The U8 program costs $215.00 per racer. This price includes all coaching fees. A NASTAR pass for the athlete will be an additional $20.00 and a pass for Labrador Mountain can be purchased directly from the mountain and is not included in the price of the program. All athletes will need to download and fill out the Club's Medical and Liability Release Form that can be found on Labrador Mountain Ski Club's home page. They should return this to either Head Coach or Program Director prior to the start of the season.