We are excited to announce or 3rd annual summer running camps. Campers will learn the foundations to healthy running performance, injury prevention, improved running skills, muscle endurance, and strength development. 

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella has been a competitive runner for over 30 years and his innovative work and story has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Outside Magazine, Running Times, Runners World, Air Force Times, the Washington Post, JAMA, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and other medical and media outlets.
Click Here to Learn More about the Staff

Paper Registration Coming Soon
Contact katie@freedomsrun.org for more information


July 25 - 27: 9:00am - 12:00noon - $40
at Morgan Academy
Join the Freedom's Run Team for 3 fun days of games, nature, skill improvement, group runs and making new friends! We'll start the week with the basics and work our way into longer runs, applicable for all skill levels. Challenge yourself to find your inner warrior. We'll close the week with our iconic river run! 

Click here for Middle School Camp Flyer


July 22 - 25 prices vary depending on session
Don't let the heat keep you inside. Run into your fall season strong and efficient. Developing from the ground up to learn the foundations of healthy running, injury prevention, endurance, and strength development, campers will understand the skills needed to be an injury free runner for life. Enjoy the historic routes and nature of Shepherdstown.
High School Overnight: $385 (non-lodging option available at registration)
prices increase May 1
Join us for 4 days of jam packed fun, learning and, of course running! Lodging and meals will be provided by Shepherd University and transportation to and from activities by River Riders. Hear from leading specialists about nutrition, injury prevention and running performance. 
Click here for Overnight Brochure (schedule coming soon)
Overnight campers will also enjoy:
  • Group runs and drills through Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, historic Shepherdstown and C&O Canal Natioanl Park
  • Trail running through Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Whitewater Tubing
  • Sunrise run through Anitetam National Battlefield
  • Campfires 
  • and of course making new friends!

    Highschool Highlight Evening Sessions - $75
    prices increase May 1

    Can't commit to the full overnight experience? No problem! We have a highlight evening session option for local folks wanting to still hear from leading specialists and participate in group runs and drills. The highlight sessions will link up with the overnight campers, so you'll have the opportunity to make new friends as well. Click here for a schedule and information about the highlight sessions. For questions contact katie@freedomsrun.org. 

Meet the Staff

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is a Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is also a LtCol in the US Air Force designing programs to promote health and better fitness  in the military with the USAF Efficient Running Project. (available on iphone format here) In military and civilian community he has been a tireless promoter of healthy movement, nutritional interventions in patients with any spectrum of the metabolic syndrome, and injury free training for running .

He’s also been a competitive runner for over 30 years — with more than 100 marathon and ultramarathon finishes — and continues to compete as a national-level Masters runner. He has won the Air Force Marathon twice and run a marathon under 3:00 for 29 straight years. He is the race director of Freedom’s Run race series in West Virginia and director of the Natural Running Center, an education portal designed to teach healthier running . Mark is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads — A Center for Natural Running and Walkingin his hometown of Shepherdstown, W.Va.  Mark’s vision of a future of health is housed in his site www.drmarksdesk.com  

Mark’s innovative work and story has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Outside Magazine, Running Times, Runners World, Air Force Times, the Washington Post, JAMA, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and other medical and media outlets. 


Katie Nolan Thompson

Katie Nolan Thompson has her BS in Exercise Science from James Madison University. An avid ultra runner and outdoor enthusiast, Katie has worked professionally as a Program Coordinator/ Director at a local outdoor education center to develop engaging curriculum for youth from all over the region. Currently  the Race Director of Freedom’s Run and Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon, she is very excited  to share her passion and enthusiasm of health and running at Camp River Runners.


Josh Evans

Josh Evans has a BS in Outdoor Education with a minor in Sports and Exercise Science.  In high school, earned all-district awards his Junior and Senior year as well as the State XC Team Championship Title.He ran collegiate Track and XC all 4 years achieving all-time top 10 rankings at his school in the Steeple Chase, 5K, and 10K. During his junior and senior years, he was a XC team captain and earned all-conference awards in both XC and Track.  After college,successfully completed three marathons with his best time in under 3 hours.  His current passion is trail running and over the years has trained and competed in the mountains of Colorado, Alaska, and other national parks around the U.S.


Running Clubs and Local Kids Events

Running Clubs

Keep updated with our Community Calendar for up-to-date happenings in the community

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 14 Race for the Birds - 10K, 5K, and Kids Fun Run! 
Saturday, May 19 Harper's Ferry Half Marathon & 5K - free 5K for ages 17 and under