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.
- 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
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.Read Full Bio
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 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."
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 http://dickbeardsleyfoundation.org/ .
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 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 - GUEST SPEAKER & STAFF
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.
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.
Don't forget to visit our new website: www.5starxc.com
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.
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.
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.