We are excited to announce our 3rd annual summer running camps. Campers will learn the foundations of 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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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. 


Meg Waldron

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 was also on the staff of Nike Running Camps for 20 years.


Joan Hunter

Joan, along with her husband Marc, are in their 4th year of coaching cross country and track at Loudoun Valley HS in Virginia. Joan has over 20 years experience in youth and high school coaching, including a stint at South Lakes HS, where she coached Alan Webb his 9th grade year.  In addition to high school coaching, Joan and Marc founded a youth running team, NOVA Athletic Club, which serves younger athletes in Loudoun County.

Under the Hunters’ guidance, the Loudoun Valley boys XC team has won 3 consecutive state team titles, including this past 2017 season, where the Viking boys scored a perfect 15 points at the state meet- a record never to be broken!  The boys then qualified for Nike Cross Nationals  where they won the National Championship with the lowest team score in the event’s history. The Viking girls have been state runners-up in XC for four consecutive years and are looking for their first team title, hopefully next year!

Joan and Marc are parents to Drew Hunter, national indoor high school record holder in the mile, who now runs professionally for Adidas. 


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