Five Star Cross Country Camp Rock Hill, New York

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Become part of something great! Founded by Steve Lurie, Five Star has been running for nearly 30 years and we are honored to carry on and add to the legacy that is Five Star.

Runners of all ability levels are welcome at Five Star. Each day your coach leads you on country roads and campers will have the opportunity to train at a nearby state park with awesome running trails. Back in camp you'll enjoy hearty breakfasts and guest speakers. Group activities include ultimate frisbee, beach volleyball, talent shows, and the annual swim challenge.

Highlights Include

  • Outstanding venue with excellent facilities
  • Training under the country's best coaches
  • Individual and group instruction
  • Instructor/camper ratio 1:5
  • Specific training programs for every skill level
  • Post camp goal setting and training tools
  • Teams which register 10 campers or more together receive a $25 discount
  • Even specific and speed building programs
  • Camp open to ages 12-18

Surrounded by miles of almost never traveled roads and running trails, Five Star Cross Country Camp has found a truly five-star facility at Iroquois Springs Camp in Rock Hill, NY. We have a small lake on campus for boating and canoeing, two swimming pools, and a modern, quality field house. The modern cabins have knotty pine walls, ceiling fans, and hot showers. We hold activities, lectures, and other programs in the field house.  Iroquois Springs is located about two minutes from exit 110 on Route 17. It is a short ride to Stewart Airport in Newburgh and less than two hours from the major NY airports.

Register today with a $270 deposit to hold you spot in camp.   The earlier you sign up, the earlier we can adjust staffing and accomodations.  Should you need to inquire about a payment plan, please do not hesitate to call 1-800-645-3226.

Meet your coaching staff
Camp Director

Richard Furst

Five Star Cross Country Camp is proud to welcome back coach Rich Furst and his "attitude is everything" philosophy for his fourth year as director. His Warwick Valley (NY) High School Girl Harriers have won 14 Orange County championships, including a streak of 11 in a row. His 2007 team averaged history's fastest 1-5 time on the Bear Mountain course at 18:22.8. He's coached two NY State and one Footlocker national champion.

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Furst has coached 25 All-Americans and nine national track champions. Footlocker National 2004 Champion Aislinn Ryan posted indoor times of 9:36.26 (3,000), 10:25.63 (2-mile), and 4:49.82 (mile). Outdoors, Ryan ran 9:38.62 (3,000) and 10:16.85 (2-mile). Without Ryan, WV set a national Distance Medley record while also winning the 4x800 at the 2008 Nike Outdoor Nationals with a time of 11:31.81 and was voted team of the decade by ESPN and

"When everyone dedicates their best for their team," says Furst, "they help to create something that is bigger than themselves and everyone prospers."


Dick Beardsley - GUEST SPEAKER

Dick needs no introduction on his memorable performance at the Boston Marathon where he battled Alberto Salasar to the finish and finishing just two seconds behind.  He has been a staple at Five-Star for many years offering motivation and courage to our campers. Campers return year after year to hear to Dick speak..  Dick Beardsley is Five Star.  Learn more about his life and legacy at 



Tom Cuffe, who has coached more than 50 high school athletes to All-American status is an inspiration and was a long time friend and contempary of Steve Lurie.  As the head Cross Country Coach at Farrell High School in New York, Tom Cuffe has produced more than 48 All-Americans. Cuffe recently was hired on at Duke University as an Assistant Coach. This will be his 17th year at Five Star.


Bryan Kovalsky - GUEST SPEAKER

Bryan Kovalsky started his running carreer as a Five Star camper and returns year after year to inspire our campers.  He was a stand out runner at the University of Pennsylvania and Iona High School. He is now an english teacher at Ridgefield High School in Connecticut and the head cross country and track coach.  This will be Bryan's 15th year at Five Star.


Frank Giannino - GUEST SPEAKER

Frank Giannino holds the Guinness Book Record for the fast crossing of America on foot:  1980: 46 days 8 hours 36 minutes from San Francisco to New York City, an average of 67 miles per day.  This accomplishment empowered Frank and his friends to create and direct the 1981 Orange Classic 10K, one of the top 10K road races in the United States.  In 2005, Frank and his friends re-branded the Orange Classic which is now known as the Classic 10K.  Since 1984, Frank has been the owner of a specialty running store in Middletown, New York, called Frank’s Custom Shoe-Fitting.  Over the last 30 years, Frank has helped over 100,000 individuals in their effort to lead a healthier lifestyle through running by helping them overcome their shoe-fitting issues.  Since 1981, Frank has been instrumental in assisting and developing dozens of running and triathlon events.  He will be talking with campers on shoes, shoe-fit problem solving, including many tricks of the trade.  The goal is to help each athlete better manage their foot gear to address concerns before they cause a serious problem.



Jeremy West is a RRCA and USATF Level 1 Certified Coach. He currently holds the titles of Head Varsity Girls Cross Country Coach, Assistant Varsity Coed Indoor Track & Field Coach, and Head Modified Girls Outdoor Track & Field Coach for the New Hartford Central School District. During his five years of coaching, his modified boys and girls cross country teams have won the Tri-Valley League Cross Country Championship (2011, 2012), his varsity girls cross country teams have won the Tri-Valley League Cross Country Championship (2013), and his varsity girls indoor track & field teams have won the Independent League Indoor Track & Field Championship (2013). Coach West previously held the title of Volunteer Assistant Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach at SUNY Institute of Technology, in which the men's team won the North East Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship in 2010.

Coach West owns and directs Sisu Athletic Development and is also an active member of the Utica Roadrunners where he is a member of the Racing Team, head of the Youth Development committee, and on the Board of Directors.


Janet Leet (Smith) - GUEST SPEAKER & STAFF

Janet has been coaching for over 25 years and running for over 40 years. She owns the SUB5 Girls Distance Running Camp which is the largest overnight camp for girls in the country in its 17 year.  Janet also owns the SUB5 Performance Center which helps people with movement and running/sports issues. Janet works with professional tri-athletes, Olympians, recreational, competitive, high school and middles school athletes. Athletes come to her when other traditional methods have all failed and/or skill building.

Janet has been involved with an Internal Review Board (IRB) study on human movement through Saint Joseph’s hospital in Paterson, NJ.  The methodology utilizes pendulum effects and positions that reduces the degrees of freedom from a particular position or constrain that creates a chance of a smoother running mechanic when released. The subject can feel a difference and the observer can see a difference within less than 15 min of work. The study is in the process of being published. The results were unbelievable with how quick the performer can make a change. 

Janet is a MAPS (Motion Analyses Performance Solution) instructor, only a handful in the world. She has been a part of MAPS since she was in high school.  Janet was one of the first subjects put through the program in its early stages. She sites MAPS and their research for her success. Back in 1983 Janet’s downhill technique was so fast the University of Arizona coach timed her running a steep downhill and she was faster than the boys at the Kinney Nationals (Foot Locker) in San Diego. Today, Janet works with a team of scientists and medical doctors as an instructor and study investigator on cutting edge movement science.

Janet was a World Cross Country Champion when she was a member of Team USA in 1987. She placed 23rd in the world to secure Team USA’s a World Championship Title. Janet was a 10 Collegiate Division I All American at North Carolina State University. She was named to the ACC 50 year team in three sports (cross country, indoor track, outdoor track).  Janet was the National High School Kinney cross country Champion (Foot Locker). She only lost one race in her entire cross country career in the state of NJ. Janet was named High School Athlete of the Century in New Jersey in 1999.  She qualified for two Olympic Trials and two senior world-cross country teams. Janet ran for team USA all over the world for several different competitions.

Learn more about Five Star Cross Country Camp

2014 Camp Information 

Each day at camp you partake in a rigorous and exciting daily running schedule that keeps you busy from dusk until dawn. After waking up, you begin each day with an hour-long morning run. This helps prepare your body and mind for the long day of training ahead. The evening program marks the conclusion of each day. You watch movies, play games, have talks with your new friends before heading off to bed.

Teams of 10 boys or 10 girls that register together receive a $25 discount on their camp tuition.

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Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am Morning run
  • 8:30am Breakfast
  • 9:00am Cabin clean-up
  • 10:30am Olympic type games
  • 12:15pm Swim
  • 1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:45pm Rest Hour
  • 2:45pm Educational talk
  • 3:45pm Stretch, Main run, Video analysis
  • 5:30pm Swim, Shower
  • 6:45pm Dinner
  • 8:15pm Games, Movies, Talks
  • 11:00pm Campers in cabins, Lights out!


Check in: Sunday, August 10th, 2014 from 10am to 12pm.
Check Out: Friday, August 15th, 2014. Campers will check out of the cabins at 11:00am and store their luggage.  We will have closing skits, a cook-out lunch by the lake and field house with campers departing by 3:00pm.

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Running Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.


Ratio: 1:5
Players Grouped by: ability, age and conditioning
Evaluation: verbally given by coaches
Facility: trails and roads 


Dorm: Cabins at Iroquois Springs 
Campers Per Room: 12-16 per cabin 
Roommates: If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so no later than 14 days before the start of camp. After that, the request cannot be guaranteed.
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: not provided
Air Conditioning: no, ceiling fans included
Spending Money: $45, please do NOT bring a pre-written check 
Medical Facility: an NATA-certified trainer will be on staff at all times


Closest Airport: New York’s LaGuardia Airport
Transportation: Not provided. we can assist campers in arranging airport transportation but cannot pick them up. You may contact Coach Furst at least two weeks prior to camp.  Please contact in the evening: 845‐239-2764.

Read camper reviews

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Can't wait for next year!

"This was the best week of my entire summer! I'm not the fastest distance runner, but after one week I felt a lot stronger and made so many friends along the way. All of the activities were so much fun and I really appreciated how dedicated everyone involved at Five Star was. I can't wait for next year!"

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Amazing staff

"My week at camp is one of the best vacations that I have ever had. Even if you are not the fastest runner, or even if you  are not planning to run in college or the Olympics, it is a great camp. The staff is AMAZING, and they try to help and make you feel welcome. Overall, the camp was very fun, and really helpful."

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Great experience

"Camp was such a great experience. I became friends with people I see myself keeping in touch with for years to come while also working hard and pushing myself to limits both physically and mentally."

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Positive experience

"The entire camp experience was great from the food,lodging, instructors, the running trips, guest speakers, just everything was positive."

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Inspirational speakers

"Five Star Cross Country camp is a camp experience I will never forget. Every moment of the camp was filled with excitement. The speakers who joined us at the camp were inspirational. And the different training tips and techniques were very helpful during the following cross country season."

Parent of Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Best week of summer!

"This was my daughter's first 5 Star experience and she LOVED it!  She has had a jam-packed summer and yet she said this was the best week of her summer by far!  Thanks for a great experience.  She and her teammates will definitely return!"

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Love running even more

"This camp made me love running even more than I previously did."

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Taught necessary running tools

"They teach you all the necessary tools you need for running, as well as give you confidence. I managed to perform extremely well, in fact, even better than I could possibly imagine. I believe I will have a great running career, thanks to Nike."

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Bond over running

"Provides an opportunity for girls to come together around a common enjoyment for the sport of running.  Brings together guest speakers and coaches to share their knowledge."

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Coaches are welcoming

"They help create a very welcoming feeling at camp. I also love how they balance running and other activities so campers don't feel burned out."

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Knowledgeable staff

"My time at Five Star was, for lack of a better term, AMAZING. The staff was very kind, helpful, and knowledgeable. They strive to make every camper feel at home, and feel welcome. All coaches and counselors were willing, and eager to answer all of my questions. I can not wait to go to camp next year!"

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.

"Motivated me to do more and become better, and the social aspect was excellent, meeting new people."

Five Star Camper

  • 4/5.
Amazing Camp!

"Thank you sooo much for the amazing camp experience! It was great to be surrounded by people who loved the sport as much as myself. Thanks again and I hope to see everyone next year! "

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Highlight of my summer!

"Five-Star is the best camp ever! It should be two weeks long! It is the highlight of my summer every year!"

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Returning as a counselor!

"Five-Star Cross Country Camp was one of the best things I have ever done. The staff, other campers, and the running were all great! Next year I hope to go back as a counselor and have another great time."

Five Star Camper

  • 4/5.
Increased Passion for the sport!

"I really believe that this camp helped me grow as a cross country runner. My passion, already quite high, greatly increased. I have been recommending this camp to all my fellow runners. Thank you for a great experience, and I will never forget."

Five Star Camper

  • 4/5.
Meet runners from all over the world!

"This camp was an amazing experience to meet other runners just like you from all over the country and world! I can't wait to participate in the camp again."

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Covers All Aspects

"Not only do Nike Running Camps teach runners like myself how to train properly, they also teach us about proper nutrition, famous runners around the world, and how to keep healthy during the sport. Overall, Nike Running Camps are very well rounded."

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Highly Recommended!

"I would definitely recommend 5 star running camp to any track or cross country enthusiast. The camp has a great atmosphere to it, and promotes each camper to be the best he or she can be, as a runner and as a person. The counselors are extremely friendly, supportive, and helpful. The activities and events are always fun and exciting, and the runs really push you to your limit. Being at five star was the highlight of my summer, and I can't wait to come back next year! "

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
So Much Fun!

"Nike Running Camp did a great job at pushing its runners to their limits while enjoying each others company and engaging in other fun activities. The camp's staff were the best counselors EVER!"

Five Star Camper

  • 4/5.
Excel as a Runner

"Five Star provided me with all the mechanics necessary to excel as a runner: speakers came daily to talk about various subjects such as personal experience, nutrition, and the life of a runner; instructors provided lessons on speed and hills; and activities created a community known as Five Star. I went in a racer and came out a competitor."

Five Star Camper

  • 4/5.

"Five Star was the highlight of my summer. Everything at camp was fun, from the trail runs to the games at night. The counselors were so friendly and very knowledgeable about running. "

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Very inspirational

My favorite things about camp were the coaches, the running trails, making new friends, and the guest speakers. I really learned a lot from the coaches. I am a new runner, and they really taught me a lot upfront.  I also found the guest speakers to be very inspirational on running and overall life.

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.

The title Five Star Cross Country Camp really speaks for itself!!!

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Gets you motivated for the season!

If you want to get motivated for the season, you've come to the right place! This camp will give you everything you need physically and mentally to have the best season of your life!

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Like a family

Best week of my summer, if you are on the fence I recommend signing up. 5 star is like a family to all of its campers, regardless if you are fast, slow, a 7 year camper or a first year!

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Fun and intense experience

Nike running camps make running a fun experience while also making the runs just intense enough. Also you run at some very nice and scenic places. Over the time you are there you really bond with the other campers even if you didn't know them before the camp. I really enjoyed my experience at this camp and I guarantee you will too.

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
VERY inspirational

Loved the training and teaching proper technique correctly and upfront as I am a new runner.  Loved the guest speakers...VERY inspirational!  Thank you.  This was my first running camp experience, and I look forward to returning next summer 2014.

Five Star Cross Country Camp Richard Furst, Camp Director 66 Bowers Road
Rock Hill, NY
Rock Hill, New York 12775

(845) 294-6797

Five Star Cross Country Camp
  • 4/5.
28 Reviews

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