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Jackets kick off camp with The Run

Ahead of camp starting, Zach Werenski and Cam Atkinson give their feelings about Torts' annual two-mile run.

by Jimmy Longo /

Media day at Nationwide Arena means that it's time for training camp.

This brings a glorious and no longer fleeting feeling, a sustained buzz around Columbus and serious implications that the Blue Jackets are among Stanley Cup competitiors for the first time in team history. 

But before we get to April, the Blue Jackets players have to get through the timed two-mile run.

Last year before training camp, players said prior to training for the team run that they hadn't hit the track in years. They skate on ice, it's understandable.

This time around, Zach Werenski joked that he feels he isn't any more prepared for the run, while Cam Atkinson has a hunch he knows why Alexander Wennberg really isn't in from Sweden yet.

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Zach Werenski

"I don't think I'll ever be ready for the run. It should be interesting tomorrow." 

How interesting? The thought of the 10,560 feet that await has yet to leave the mind of the young defenseman. 

"(I've thought about the run) every day. To be honest, I think a lot of guys are that way though, honestly. And we know it's not something that's going to make or break what happens to you in training camp. But it's definitely something you want to do good in. We're all competitive so you want to do good on the scores and good on the test.

"Running was never one of my strong suits, so I worked hard on it this summer, and tomorrow's the day where I get to show it off. So we'll see."

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Cam Atkinson

"From the look of it, it looks like I'm on a team with (Wennberg) and Panarin. Hopefully Wenny gets back in time, I know his situation is holding him back, or he just wants to get out of the two mile run."

Atkinson, when talking about the couple pounds that he gained while honeymooning in Italy, said it wouldn't slow him down during the run. He didn't say if he would pass the test, though.

"Nothing ever slows me down, you know that." Atkinson said with a smile to Blue Jackets radio host Bob McElligott.

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