The summer is a time to train and build a solid base for the upcoming season. We are an extension of that training. Unlike many running camps, we save the intense running for you to do with your coaches. You will run with others at your level and ability and at the milage you are ready for. We will never make you do what you are not ready to do. Our goal is to continue your training, provide a fun-filled week, and have you leave excited about your upcoming season.
Our goal is to make running fun!
Why Choose Us
Campers consist of high school athletes from New Jersey and New York.
Former campers have gone on to run for schools such as:
Arizona State University
University of Delaware
Montclair State University
New Jersey Institue of Technology
University of Notre Dame
The College of New Jersey
...and countless others!
Dates & Price
Make Running Fun! Camp will be August 14 to 19, 2017
Arrive on August 14th between 9am and 10am
Depart on August 19th between 11am and 12pm
$534.00 Full Camp Tuition - $75.00 Deposit due June 15, 2017
Make Running Fun Cross Country Camp is located at Camp Scatico in Elizaville, NY. The 250 acre campus is situated on two lakes in what is called the Upper Hudson Valley, about 100 miles from New York City, just east of the Hudson River. It is nestled between the Catskill Mountains and the Berkshires. No public land or roads run through the camp ground.
There will be two runs a day while at camp. Campers will run with others at the same ability level and at the mileage you are ready for; we will never push you to do more than you are capable of. The morning run will be about 2-3 miles and the afternoon run can range from 3-10 miles. Each run, coaches will lead small running groups out on scenic routes. Midweek, we will do a fartlek run through the campsite. The last day of camp there is a cross country race among the athletes on camp grounds. At the end of the race each participant will receive a medal for their completion.
Boys and girls are housed separately in camp cabins with electricity and hot showers. Campers are supervised 24 hours/day by coaches and counselors.
Included in the price homemade healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are served to all campers throughout the week. Served family style, there are many options to choose from. There is always a main course with sides, along with pasta and salads. The cooks always make more than enough for everyone at each sitting. Many former campers describe the food as the best camp food they have ever had. One camper stated, "It's better than mama's cooking."
We have access to a lake front just steps away from the cabins. This waterfront is under careful watch of a trained lifeguard at all times. Available in this area are: diving boards, waiting area, blow-up trampoline, and basketball. This access allows the runners to relax after their afternoon run, do some water training, or just have fun.
Mike Ryan, Camp Director
Head Cross Country and Distance Coach at Hasbrouck Heights High School
In the school's first season of cross country in 2008, the girls won the Bergen County Division D and the BCSL National titles. He was also named the Bergen County Coach of the Year for 2008. Prior to coaching at Hasbrouck Heights he coached at Becton, Indian Hills High School and Ridgefield High School where he won numerous championships and numerous Coach of the Year honors. As a high school runner at Palisades Park, Coach Ryan won 15 individual titles in track and cross country including 8 BCSL League, 3 State Sectionals, and 1 County Group.
He was a 4:25 miler and the former Bergen County Group 1 record holder. Coach Ryan went on to run for Kutztown University where he was the former school record holder in the indoor 5,000m (15:15), outdoor 5,000m (14:50), and 10,000m (31:09). He was All-Conference in the 5,000m and 10,000m. He led his cross county team to a national ranking of 11th in Division II. He is a former camper.
Nick DeVito, Camp Director
Head Cross Country and Track Coach at St. Joseph Regional High School
Coach DeVito has had numerous running accomplishments both at the High School and Collegiate level. As a runner for St. Joseph's, he was the 1996 400m Bergen County Champion and Group 3 Champion. In 1997 he was the Bergen County Group 3 record holder in the 400m and a member of the 4x400m relay team that held the Bergen County Group record. While at the University of Delaware, Coach DeVito qualified for the IC4A's and was a member of two America East Conference Championship teams. Coach DeVito ran a personal best 47.39 in the 400m. He is a former camper.
Tom Zaccone, Coaching Staff
Head Cross Country Coach at Indian Hills High School
Former Head Cross Country Coach at Hackensack High School for 33 years, Coach Zaccone had a dual meet record of 167-61. He coached 5 teams to win the NNJIL League, 2 County Group Champion teams, and the 1998 Bergen County team. He also coached his team to 5 State Sectional Championships and qualified for BMOC 17 times. As a runner at Hackensack High School, Coach Zaccone was the league champion and finished 2nd at BMOC. He went on to run for Montclair State, where he won the NJSCC meet and received First Team All Conference honors for two years.
Dave Radway, Coaching Staff
Former Boys' and Girls' Cross Country Coach at Mahwah High School
His boys' teams have won many league and county championships. Coach Radway is a two time Coach of the Year recipient.
Lindsey Reggo, Coaching Staff
Head Boys' and Girls' Cross Country, Indoor, and Outdoor Track Coach at Cliffside Park High School
Her boys' and girls' teams have won numerous league championships. She has been named Bergen County Coach of the Year in 2013 and Big North Division Coach of the Year numerous times. She was an All-League runner for Ridgefield High School and led her cross country team to a triple crown. Coach Reggo was the Group 1 State Champion in the javelin. She is a former camper.
Pat Rochford, Bogota
Jamie Woyce, Cliffside Park
Meghan DeCarlo, Garfield
Coach Apol, Eastern Christian
Coach Hom, Palisades Park
There is 24-hour medical assistance throughout the duration of camp. Medical staff consists of an RN and MD, who are on call for all situations. You will receive medical forms that MUST be filled out and returned prior to camp. For any medical questions and/or concerns, you can speak with the staff at check-in.
Shane Degannes, RN
Shane ran a 1:47 in the 800m while competing for Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was also a 4:14 miler in high school.
Rick Braver, DPM - Sports Podiatrist
Dr. Braver is a medical columnist for Runner's World Magazine. He is a 3:50 1500m runner.