2019 NEO XC Camp

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2019 NE Ohio 

Cross Country Camp

The dates of the 40th Annual 2019 camp are:

·         Week 1 - July 21 - July 26

·         Week 2 - July 28 - August 2

2019 Camp Registered Runner Roster Link

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Printable Camp Brochure Link

Registration in the 2019 NE Ohio CC Camp must be completed online at the link above. Camp information will be communicated through the website and email. Be sure to provide an email address that you check regularly on the registration form since information will be sent periodically through that email.

The total cost of the camp is $302. The $227 balance of the fee being paid by July 1st. Payment of the balance can be either made by check through the mail (info below) or paid online (an $8 secure payment fee is added to become $235.  There are also three forms that will need to be completed prior to camp. These forms, along with full payment are due by July 1st.

1. A copy of your signed School Physical Form (obtain from school or doctor and mail to above address)

2. Camp Rules and Safety Form (complete form at this link)

3. Background Information Form (complete form at this link)

The NE Ohio CC Camp will be held at Templed Hills Camp in Bellville, OH, 12 miles southeast of Mansfield. The 230 acre camp offers fine facilities including an Olympic size swimming pool, volleyball and basketball. The camp is in a rural setting, offering trails and rural roads for training. Runners will sleep on bunks in cabins or in dorm type facilities. The camp is owned by the United Church of Christ. Campers are expected to respect the facility and treat it accordingly.

§  Clinics at camp will be over topics including training, racing, diet, psychology of running, stretching, body composition, form, injuries, training logs and shoes.

§  Nightly speakers discussing these and other topics will include college coaches, exercise physiologist, athletic trainers, shoe experts and top national runners.

§  Camp participants will also receive: souvenir camp, a packet of running related gifts, booklet of discussion topic handouts, and three meals per day.

The Philosophy

The directors and staff of the NE Ohio CC Camp share the philosophy that lasting success in distance running must come from within the athlete. Regardless of the enthusiasm that coaches and parents share for the runner, the level of success will ultimately depend upon the runner's dedication and determination. The camp is thereby committed to instilling an attitude of enjoyment in each runner. For only when the runner learns a love of the sport, will they develop a work ethic allowing them to establish challenging goals and put forth the necessary training to accomplish these goals. The camp is geared toward the junior high and high school runner that has a positive attitude towards self improvement through training designed to be strenuous yet rewarding. The training runs at the camp will be broken into low, intermediate and upper mileages. Each runner should be in adequate condition to run a minimum of 6 miles each day, with the intermediate group covering an average of 8 miles each day and the upper group 10-12 miles.

The Directors

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2019 will mark the 40th year for the NE Ohio CC Camp. Directors will be Ted Rupe, Chris Rupe and Fred Kieser. This trio along with the accompanying staff represents some of the finest runners and coaches in the Midwest United States.

Ted Rupe

In his over 45 years of competition and coaching, Ted has accumulated some fine credentials. He was the 1972 State CC Champion in Div. A, leading his team to the state title. He was world ranked in the 10 K in 1977, won the Cleveland Marathon in 1986 and the 1986 Moscow Peace Race. As a coach, his teams qualified for 20 straight state CC championships from 1990 through 2009, 14 of these teams finished in the top 4 at the Ohio State Championships, including a 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2005 State Championship and runners up in 1990, 1998 and 2001. He also coached the 2000 track team that tied for a state championship. He was selected as Ohio's High School CC Coach of the Year for 1997-1998. Ted was inducted into the Ohio Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2003 for his accomplishments.

 Chris Rupe

Chris boasts a 14:37 5k, and 24:10 for 5 miles and 2:21 marathon. He has finished as top Ohioan twice at Cleveland Marathon and twice at Columbus Marathon. Recently at McDonald HS he has coached 5 state championship 4x800 relay teams and state champions Becky Testa, Stuart Henderson and state record holder Ed Stonestreet. His 1999 Track and Cross Country teams were both state champions. His 2001, 2004, 2011 and 2013 CC Teams also won the state championship, while his 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2017 squads were runners-up. Chris was inducted into the Ohio Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2013 for his accomplishments.

Fred Kieser

Fred has had a long career as a runner and coach.  As a high school athlete his senior year at Kirtland he finished 2nd in cross country and was on the winning 4 x 800 meter relay.  Then at Miami University he qualified for the NCAA championships in cross country and won his conference 3000m steeplechase title twice.  After college Fred found his niche on the roads, especially in the marathon where he has won 3 big city marathons, qualified for two Olympic Marathon Trials, and has a PR of 2:17:20.  Even at the masters level, Fred continues to compete including a masters national championship in the 15k, a second place in the 10k, and a 3rd place at the masters cross country meet.  He coaches track and cross country at Saint Joseph Academy in Cleveland where his teams have qualified to 10 state meets with a best finish of 4th place. 

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