We are excited to announce or 2nd 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.
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July 10 - 12: 9:00am - 12:00noon; and July 13: 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Join the Freedom's Run Team for a 4 fun days of games, nature, skill improvement, group runs and making new friends at Morgan Academy! 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 one last group run, games, and bonfire at Morgan Academy.
$40 price increases May 15
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July 13 - 15: 9:00am - 12:00noon
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.
$40 (price increases May 15)
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Take your running to the next level this season. Join the Freedom's Run team for an immersive 4 days at Shepherd University. Campers will enjoy runs through National Parks: C&O Canal, Antietam Battlefield, and Harper's Ferry National Historical Park; trail runs through the Blue Ridge Mountains and activities along the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Experience the best of West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia, all while developing the fine-tune skills to become your best runner. Hear from specialists in nutrition, mobility and strength conditioning, and biomechanics.
$375 (price increases April 30)
Food, lodging, and transporation included
Limited space available so register today!
Click Here for Overnight Camp Brochure with general schedule
Snapshot of activites
- Group Runs through the beautiful Harpers Ferry National Park
- Hear from specialists about mobility function and development, biomechanics and performance nutrition
- Visit Shepherd University’s Game Zone!
- Trail Runs through the Blue Ridge Mountains
- Canoeing on the Shenandaoh River
- Sunrise Run at the iconic Antietam Battlefield
- Group run to Pack Horse Ford
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.
Meg Waldron has her MS in Sport Psychology and is a mental performance coach. As a high school All American she ran the fastest 800m split for a high school girl in Penn Relays history. While teaching and coaching in Philadelphia, Meg's middle school teams medaled numerous times at Penn Relays, and she started a girls empowerment running program. Meg had a highly successful career running at the University of Virginia in track and cross-country where Mark and Meg were teammates. Meg was also on the staff of Nike Running Camps for 20 years.
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 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
Keep updated with our Community Calendar for up-to-date happenings in the community
Saturday, April 8 Race for the Birds - 10K, 5K, and Kids Fun Run!
Saturday, May 13 Harper's Ferry Half Marathon & 5K - free 5K for ages 17 and under