May 12, 1973
Third grade teacher (Lake Elmo Elementary)
How do you train for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series and other competitions?
Hard!!…..I boom run everyday on a 150 foot boom……I do a lot of log rolling, biking and weight lifting. I prepare by reading sport psychology books, extensive sport journaling, and video analysis. I am serious and focused, but I like to keep it fun! I have things in perspective and dig deep for desire while competing. Determination is one of my strong points!
When did you begin participating/competing in lumberjack sports/boom running and the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series?
I began competing in log rolling at age 10.
I began competing in boom running at age 17.
I began competing in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series in 2005 when they added women's boom run. I've competed in every single STS event.
How did you get involved in lumberjack sports/boom running?
I watched a log rolling tournament as a spectator when I was 9 and it looked like a blast! I signed up for lessons the following summer and have been hooked ever since. It's addicting!
My first time ever running a boom was in 1990 during a tournament. I had never tried it before. I was good in gymnastics and track and thought, hey, this looks fun and exciting! I won the event beating all men and women, walked away with a cool medal and $100 check and knew I'd be doing this for a while.
The following year at the world championships I was the only woman to make the finals in boom running in the co-ed field of competitors……and that's when I was given the nickname, "Boom Queen."
Are you related to any current or former STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitors?
Traveling, biking, reading, snowmobiling, gardening, skiing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, movies, being outside, family time.
Any advice for someone interested in the sport?
Get involved! It really is a lot of fun and a life long sport! It is a fantastic way to stay in shape and you will meet great people along the way. Anyone can start a kids' log rolling program…..get ready to have some big laughs and a lot of fun! It is a very rewarding sport to teach/coach because the learning curve is steep and kids learn a lot about themselves.
What pro athlete/celebrity would you like to see try the boom run?
I've always wanted to see world cup alpine ski racing athletes do it because they are very well-rounded and versatile. I think they would have FUN and it would also be awesome cross training for their sport.
Name three songs on your training/working out playlist?
I have to get a new iPod
Proudest moment in your life so far:
That is hard to say because I've experienced a variety of very special moments in my life. Each world title I've won was meaningful in a different way. Accomplishments outside of the sports world are very rewarding too. Of course the moment my son, "Bear", was born I was instantly a mother and that undoubtedly trumps all.
Anything else you'd like to share?
Sometimes moose roam around in our boom pond and watch me practice. I love working in the woods and using our Wood-Mizer portable mill.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 9, 2009. "I have cancer, but it doesn't have me!" I hope to see a lot of PINK in the stands in Oregon at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series this year!
I'm grateful for the support from my incredible sponsors: Central Boiler, Wood-Mizer, Starfish Point and Sanctuary Condominiums in Costa Rica.
I'd LOVE to be on The Amazing Race or Survivor! I was on the TODAY Show in New York City log rolling live on Rockefeller Plaza. I also did a segment on the Yankees YES Network and The 700 Club. The last five years a different athlete won the boom run in the STS. This accomplishment has eluded me thus far, BUT this year I'm thinking my new bald hairdo is going to be really fast!
You can learn more me at www.jennyatkinson.com.