Five Star Cross Country Camp

Five Star Cross Country Camp
Five Star Cross Country Camp

Become part of something great! Founded by Steve Lurie, Five Star has been running for nearly 34 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

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Richard Furst
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 eighth 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...

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Furst has coached 37 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 Dyestat.com

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

More Coaches
Dick Beardsley - GUEST SPEAKER
Staff

Dick Beardsley - GUEST SPEAKER

Dick needs no introduction on his memorable performance at the Boston Marathon where he battled Alberto Salazar to the finish and finishing just two seconds behind.  He has been a...

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Dick needs no introduction on his memorable performance at the Boston Marathon where he battled Alberto Salazar 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 http://dickbeardsleyfoundation.org/ 

Carrie Tollefson - GUEST SPEAKER
Staff

Carrie Tollefson - GUEST SPEAKER

Carrie was born and raised in Dawson, Minnesota where she was a 13-time State Champion: eight in track and five in cross country. Her five cross country titles established a national...

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Carrie was born and raised in Dawson, Minnesota where she was a 13-time State Champion: eight in track and five in cross country. Her five cross country titles established a national record for most consecutive titles, which still stands to this day. Carrie attended Villanova University, where she was a 5-time NCAA Champion and the 1998 NCAA Indoor Track Athlete of the year. She was also the first person in NCAA history to win both the 3K and 5K titles.  In her post collegiate career, she was a three time national champion and after winning the 1500m trials in 2004, she represented the US in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Learn more about her at www.ctollerun.com.

Bryan Kovalsky - GUEST SPEAKER
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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...

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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.

John Kenworthy - CAMP STAFF
Coach

John Kenworthy - CAMP STAFF

John Kenworthy enters his second season as both the head men's and women's cross country coach at Siena College. Kenworthy was named the Saints' head coach on Apr. 1, 2013...

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John Kenworthy enters his second season as both the head men's and women's cross country coach at Siena College. Kenworthy was named the Saints' head coach on Apr. 1, 2013 following a three-year stint as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Sacred Heart University.  In his first season, Kenworthy led the men's team to an eighth place finish and the women's squad to 10th at the MAAC Championships. Kenworthy played an integral role in the success of Sacred Heart's men's and women's cross country and track and field teams. In his final season, the men's cross country team ran fourth at the Northeast Conference Championships while the women placed second and won the ECAC Championship.

Tom Cuffee - GUEST SPEAKER
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Tom Cuffee - GUEST SPEAKER

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...

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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.

Frank Giannino - GUEST SPEAKER
Staff

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...

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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.

Camp Details

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 a 24 minute shakeout jog. 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.

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.

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SESSION INFO

Check in: Sunday, August 9th from 10am to 12pm.
Check Out: Friday, August 14th. 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.

INSTRUCTION

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

HOUSING

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

TRAVEL

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.

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!

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!"

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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.
Motivating

"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.
Awesome

"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 Camper

  • 5/5.
Rigorous workouts

Five star X-C is an excellent running experience for the serious runner or just someone who enjoys the outdoors. Every day there are quality meals and rigorous workouts depending on your level of skill. At night there are fun games and extremely motivational speakers. You will never want to leave. I know I will come back year after year. 

Five Star Camper

  • 4/5.
Amazing!

I am 13 and run track and XC for my middle school and have competed in several Junior Olympic Nationals. This was my first time at the five star camp so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was amazing! I wish they had it more than once a year or even longer. The runs were intense but so much fun-and I got in even better shape. I learned a lot and made friends. I will definitely be going next year. Thanks! 

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Epitome of what a running camp should be

Five Star is the epitome of what a running camp should be. They challenge you and help you strive to do your best. I wouldn't think of going to any other camp for running. I can't wait until next year. 

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Best camp experience of my life

5 Star XC Camp was the best experience I have ever encountered! This was my second year at camp and I wasn't sure if it was going to be as magnificent as my first year’s experience. It was, without a doubt the best camp experience of my life!!! I am 5 STAR! 

Five Star Camper

  • 5/5.
Highlight of my summer

Five-Star was an amazing experience. I went for my second year and it was one of the highlights of my summer. Not only does Five-Star offer rigorous training and help getting ready for the upcoming season, but it also treats me like family and wants to see me succeed. Thanks Five-Star! 

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Cross Country
Age Group: 12 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Teams of 10 boys or 10 girls that register together receive a $25 discount on their camp tuition.
Overnight $675.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.