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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

Link to 2019 Camp Photos

Week 1 Cabin Assignments (these are tentative... could change):

Week 1 Girls

Week 1 Boys

Week 2 Girls

Week 2 Boys

Craig Virgin Handout 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 $300. 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. 


The Staff 

Below is the staff from the 2018 NE Ohio CC Camp.  The staff for the 2019 NE Ohio XC Camp will include many of the same staff with some additions.

2018 Week 1 Staff


2018 Week 2 Staff


2018 Week 1 Campers
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2018 Week 2 Campers
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Below is a partial list of the anticipated camp staff for 
The 2017 NEO XC Camp:

Craig Rupe - Completing senior year at University of Akron where he lettered in cross country and track and was CC Co-Captain.  Was 1st Team All-Ohio as a senior in CC at Maplewood and was a member of two state championship CC teams and one state championship track team.

Ryan Adams - CVCA, Furman University - currently a sophomore at Furman University and a 2015 graduate of CVCA, where he was a 5x State Champ in track and State Runner-Up in cross-country. Ryan set the Division 2 state record in 2015 running 4:07.12 in the 1600m. His other high school PRs include 1:51.02 in the 800m and 15:41.37 in the 5k. At Furman as a freshman he ran 4:05.19 in the mile and 3:42.25 in the 1500m which converts to a sub 4:00 mile. As a redshirt freshman in cross-country he ran 24:08.50 in the 8k and 30:08.70 in the 10k. He placed 24th at the NCAA Division 1 Southeast Regional to earn All-Region honors.

Eric Rupe - Maplewood High School and currently at Youngstown State University.  HS PRs of 1:55/4:16, and 16:11 in state cc.  College 3:53 for 1500, 8:57 steeplechase, and 14:03 for 5k.

Cory Leslie - Perkins High School, Ohio State University, assistant coach Furman University, and runs for Nike.  HS state champ in 800, 1600, and cross country.  PRs 1500 3:37.97, 1 mile 3:56.18, 5k 13:43.73, steeplechase 8:20!!!  3rd in NCAA steeplechase. 


Adam Bray - competed for Canal Fulton Northwest and the University of Akron.  Currently the distance coach at the University of Pittsburgh also has experience at Maryland, Illinios, and Temple.

Rick Williamson - Has run 3:51 for 1500 and 14:35 for 5K. Former coach of Aurora High School, Northwood University, Notre Dame College and currently the distance coach of Wright State University.

Michelle Rupe - Brecksville High School, The Ohio State University, qualified for two Olympic Trials in the marathon with a PR of 2:41

Ryan Sullivan - Howland High School, Youngstown State University

Heidi Hoffman - McDonald High School, Grove City College

Suzanne Koziol - Berkshire High School, Youngstown State University - Suzanne is a redshirt freshman at Youngstown State University and a 2015 graduate of Berkshire. She ran in all 8 of her State Meets in high school, qualifying to both State cross-country and track all 4 years. She is a 6x First-Team All-Ohio performer in track in the 300m hurdles and 4x800m relay. Her high school PRs include 2:20 in the 800m and 19:15 in the 5k.

Tyler Robakiewcz - Northern Guilford High School, Western Carolina University

Tom Sullivan - St. Ignatius High School, Duke University

Austin Mclean - West Jefferson High School, Youngstown State University

Dylan Dombi - Medina High School, Heidelberg University, Youngstown State University - Three time state qualifier for Medina HS. High school pr's of 15:49 (senior) 9:57,4:28, and 1:57at Medina. I never was an all-Ohioan in track or cross. At Heidelberg University, Divison 3,ran 25:09 for 8k and was all region in cross. In track, ran 14:49. Was 3k and mile indoor OAC champ. Sophomore year was all region again in cross country and ran 8:32 for 3k indoors. Again was OAC champ in the mile. Finished up at Heidelberg as 2 time all-conference in cross, OAC indoor champ in 3k freshman year, runner up sophomore year, back to back mile champ indoors. Transferred to YSU after Sophomore year and currently run on the cross country and track team. College pr's are: 10k-32:43 8k-25:09 5k-14:49, 3k-8:32, Mile-4:17, 1500-3:55, 800-1:55.

Erin Pavick - Maplewood High School, Youngstown State University

Andy Morgan - Maplewood High School and University of Akron Standout.  PRs 3:51 (1500), 14:16 5k, 24:06 8k, 29:38 10k.  

Garrett Crichlow - Twinsburg High School, University of Akron - a junior at the University of Akron and a 2014 graduate of Twinsburg. In high school he placed 4th in the 1600m for Division 1 at the State Championships his junior and senior years, and qualified as First-Team All-Ohio in Division 1 for cross-country by placing 9th in 2013. His high school PRs are 1:52.65 for the 800m, 4:09.26 for the 1600m, 9:27.80 for the 3200m and 15:29.98 for 5k. At Akron he's ran 3:53.54 in the 1500m, 24:53.20 for the 8k and has been an All-MAC performer in both the indoor mile and cross-country.

Maria Scavuzzo - Medina High School, Miami University

Bobby Johnson - McDonald High School, Butler University

Ken Sullivan - St. Ignatius High School, Duke University

Maddie Dunlap - Carrollton HS, Kent State University, 2017 D2 State Mile Champion

All camp mailings and payments are to be sent to:


2533 Davis Peck Road

Cortland, Ohio  44410

 For mail in payments, checks are to be made out to: "Gopher Running" 

2015 Footlocker National Champion Drew Hunter at 2016 NEO XC Camp

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Two-Time World Cross Country Champion Craig Virgin signs autographs at 2010 camp. 

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Previous Staff Members Bridget Franek, Cory Leslie, Michelle Sikes, Pat Sovacool and Chad Balyo in a question answer session with runners.


The Schedule

A typical day at camp includes:



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Running2Win Training Log Link - log on and join the NEO Camp Group!

Directions to Templed Hills Camp - 5734 Durbin Road, Bellville, OH:

  • Take I-71 to the Bellville exit, Route #97
  • East on #97 for 3 miles to Main Street in Bellville
  • Right on Main Street to Durbin Street (at the BP Station)
  • Left on Durbin for 1.5 miles to Templed Hills Camp on the right.

Past Camp Photos

2012 Week I

2012 Week II

2011 Week I

2011 Week II

2010 Week I

2010 Week II

2009 Week I

2009 Week II





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