Five Star Cross Country Camp
Become part of something great! We are Five-Star!
We are celebrating our 39th year! The 2019 Five Star XC Camp offers runners of all ability levels to its fabulous location in Rock Hill, NY. Located in the southern Catskill Mountains, on the campus of Iroquois Springs, runners take country roads and have the opportunity to train at a nearby state park with awesome running trails.
- 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
- Event-specific and speed building programs
- Camp open to ages 12-18
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Camp Director Richard Furst
Five Star Cross Country Camp is directed by nine year camp director, Coach Rich Furst. Coach Furst brings his "attitude is everything" philosophy each year to camp. His Warwick Valley (NY) High School Girl Harriers have won 14 Orange County championships, including a streak of 11 in a row. He has coached five NY State cross country champions, five Footlocker qualifiers and one Footlocker national champion. Since 2015 his Goshen teams have earned All-American honors at 2000m steeple chase middle school mile, All Canada 400m and have meddled in consecutive years in the Millrose HS girls 3200m relay. Coach Furst is also to be inducted into the New York Section IX.View Richard's Bio & Running Tips ⟩
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."
Running Tips by Richard:
Coach Tom Cuffe
Coach Tom Cuffe has been a highly successful athlete, coach, director and administrator in the sports of track & field, cross-country and road racing.View Tom Cuffe's Bio ⟩
Coach Cuffe was recently named the head coach of the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) the third largest running organization in the United States. During his tenure at Duke University he coached numerous All-Americans and NCAA qualifiers in the distance events. At the schoolboy level Tom has produced over 48 high school All-Americans and lead his high school squads to numerous team titles. Tom is recognized as one of the most dynamic motivational speakers in the country. He is the Co-Director of the Five Star Cross-Country Camp and Duke Running Camp, has lectured at the United States Olympic Training Center and been a frequent contributor to MileSplit, Dyestat, RunnerSpace and FloTrack. As an athlete Tom was an All-American steeplechaser and nationally ranked road racer and still trains to this day.
Staff John Kenworthy
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.View John Kenworthy's Bio ⟩
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.
Staff Dick Beardsley - GUEST SPEAKER
Dick Beardsley 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.View Dick Beardsley - GUEST SPEAKER's Bio ⟩
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/ .
Staff Carrie Tollefson - POSSIBLE 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 record for most consecutive titles, which still stands to this day.View Carrie Tollefson - POSSIBLE GUEST SPEAKER's Bio ⟩
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.
Each day at camp you partake in a rigorous and exciting daily running schedule that keeps you busy from dawn until dusk. You begin each day with a 24 minute shakeout jog. This helps prepare your body and mind for an eventful day of training ahead. 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.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 who register together receive a $30 discount on their camp tuition.
Check in: Sunday, August 11th from 10am to 12pm.
Check Out: Friday, August 16th. Campers check out of the cabins at 11:00am and store their luggage with us. We have closing skits, a cook-out lunch by the lake with campers departing by 3:00pm.
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
The Five Star Cross Country Camp is pleased to announce the launch of its new camp website. To view, click the link above.
If ten or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
Each year we are proud to award one camp scholarship in memory of Five Star Running Camp Founder Steve Lurie. Applications are open now for this summer. Tell us about yourself, what you are doing, why you are interested in receiving the award. Please submit in writing you request by February 21st! You can simply send your request via email to email@example.com. We award the scholarship for camp on March 1st.
Runners grouped by speed, 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 bring cash for incidentals
Medical Facility: an NATA-certified trainer is on staff
Airports: Stewart International Airport (Newburg, NY), Newark Liberty Airport (Newark, NJ), LaGuardia Airport (New York, NY), and West Chester Airport (White Plains, NY)
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
- 7:10 am Wake Up and Morning Runs w/ Cabins
- 8:00 am Breakfast
- 8:30 am Cabin clean-up
- 9:00 am Morning Announcements
- 9:30 am Game or Skit Prep
- 12:00 pm Lunch
- 12:40 pm Leadership Academy Mini Talk (optional)
- 2:00 pm Afternoon Announcements & Educational Stations
- 3:15 pm Snack
- 3:45 pm Warm Up and Drills
- 4:15 pm Main Run
- 7:00 pm Dinner
- 7:45 pm Evening Announcements
- 8:00 pm Evening Speaker
- 9:15 pm Evening Activity
- 10:15 pm Everyone in Cabins
- 10:30 pm Lights Out!
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.
Camp Questions & Answers
When and where will the check-in and check-out take place for the 5Star Running Camp?
All campers check in to camp between 10am-noon at the Boys HC on Sunday, first day of camp, August 11th. Follow the signs on campus to registration. After a closing /graduation ceremony at 12:30pm, check out takes place at 1:20 on the last day of camp.
How are runners placed in their running groups?
The Staff has created a formula that determines running groups. Groups are based on a combination of recent mileage, season best 5k and long runs. A change in groups can be accommodated if staff members leading those groups feel it is needed.
What happens if it starts to rain during camp?
All campers receive their full running program each day weather permitting. In the threat of severe weather, we will adjust our schedule for the outdoor training runs.
What are some of the evening activities that are planned for the campers?
Fun and exciting after evening activities are an important part of the camp experience and are carefully planned by the staff. Evening activities include Commercials, Flashlight sing, Scavenger hunt, Human anagrams, Skit presentations, Last will, and more!!
How and when will I receive my Registration packet with important camp details?
Well before the start of your camp (at least 3 weeks), you will receive a Registration Packet which will include all the important details about camp: directions to camp, when to arrive, what to pack/ bring, camp address (for mail) and key camp phone numbers and the Medical/ Release form, etc.
Does the Health & Release Form need to be signed by a doctor?
Our Health & Release Form does not require a doctor’s signature. This form is required to be filled out accurately, signed by the parent (guardian), and brought with you to the first day of camp.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Campers dine in the school cafeteria which offers a variety of different meal options that are sure to accommodate most campers’ dietary needs. In the case that a camper possesses extreme dietary restrictions, please reach out to school’s Dining Services to make the proper accommodations.
Does this camp have medical personnel on staff?
We have a certified athletic trainers (2) on-site and a doctor on-call at all times in case of a training injury or medical ailment/emergency.
How many campers are placed in a dorm and do you accommodate roommate requests?
Campers stay in bunk-style cabins. When you register for the camp, you have an option to submit a roommate request. If you would like to add a roommate request after registering for a camp, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We accommodate all roommate requests, made before 2 weeks before the start of camp. Campers who do not submit a roommate request will be placed in a cabin with other runners, similar age and same gender.
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. Staff members reside in the same cabins (2 each) as the campers and provide supervision during instruction, dining times, evening activities, and in the fieldhouse. All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp.
Is swimming offered at camp?
We have a pool on campus and a lake beach.
Do the dorms have air-conditioning?
Cabins are not air-conditioned, however they have ceiling fans.
How many miles do we run each day?
Athletes will run twice a day. Once in the morning right from campus on nearby trails and once in the afternoon at the track. The morning run is more of a shakeout run and the afternoon session is an opportunity to work on specific training paces. Actual distances vary based on runner’s mileage and ability.
Can I come to camp alone or do I have to be a member of a team?
We welcome individual campers and teams. If you come to camp by yourself, we place you in a cabin with another single camper, similar in age. Every year we have campers from at least three countries and 12 states.
It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport and to have FUN!
What is the cancellation policy?
Hopefully, you will not have to cancel, but if you must, please do so early so that those on the waiting list can be notified.
For those who have Cancellation Protection: Cancellation Protection entitles you to a full refund of camp fees (deposit or full payment) if you cancel for any reason before June 1st. Please note: $50 Cancellation Protection fee is non-refundable.
If you cancel after June 1st, 2019, we will issue you a camp voucher for all camp fees paid, valid through 2020. Your camp voucher is transferable to family and may be used for any Nike Running Camp.
For those who do not have Cancellation Protection: If you have to cancel, for any reason, we will issue you a Nike Running Camp voucher for all camp fees paid, valid through 2020. Your camp voucher is transferable to a family member and may be used for any Nike Running Camps. Cash refunds will be given only with the purchase of Cancellation Protection and who cancel on time.
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He was thrilled to meet and learn from Dick Beardsley
August 27, 2018: Our son was thrilled to meet and learn from Dick Beardsley. Being in the presence of running royalty really had a powerful impact on him. He also enjoyed the group runs and the camaraderie and encouragement the runners gave one another, and took the feedback from the more experienced runners to heart and improved tremendously because of it.
— Julia T. Parent
She will be back next year
August 23, 2018: Some of our daughter's highlights were: running with an Olympian, developing new runner friendships, running skills progression, and great evening activities and social events. She had so much fun and will be back next year
— Jim P. Parent
Overall I had a great time at camp
August 14, 2018: I loved the run at Minnewaska Lake, group run by the canal, watching and performing skits with our activities groups, going to the lake, and listening to all the guest speakers. Overall I had a great time at camp. I had lots of fun with my running group as well as my activities group. I met lots of new people from all different places. There was a nice balance between the amount of running we did & all the activities we did, which I really enjoyed. I am definitely going to try and come back next year!!
— Lauryn H. Camper
The speakers were his favorite part
August 13, 2018: He loved the people and the experience. He said that Dick Beardsley's story was pretty amazing! The speakers were his favorite part. He also enjoyed the activities like the skits and karaoke
— Jennifer T. Parent
Great Camp Vibe
My son had a great experience at this camp. He came home feeling confident for the cross country season to begin. He felt he learned many skills and the vibe of the camp was very open to learning and getting the kids to really push themselves to the next level.
— Carol P., Parent 2017
My daughter was challenged in her running and even though she was anxious about being there, the staff made her feel comfortable.
— Jennifer M., Parent 2017
The perfect mix!
The perfect mix of hard work and fun activities in a motivating and inspirational environment. Being surrounded by 200+ campers and counselors whose passion was running made me appreciate the sport and community more. Besides the helpful seminars and educational talks, the counselors were the best resources of information. Five Star made me excited to start the season with a positive attitude and a stronger drive than ever before.
— Jane W., Camper 2017
Greater passion for running!
She loved the camp, the surroundings, making new friends, learning more about the sport she loves.. she came home with a greater passion for running.
— Ashley S., Parent 2017
Most amazing week!
Nike Running Camp was them most amazing week of my year! Everyone at camp is so nice, and they care about your running, so don't come here expecting run a little and then go hang out in the cabins, because you have morning runs and afternoon runs. My personal favorite run was the mountain run where you run up a mountain to a lake where the water is so clear, you can see right through to the bottom. I loved camp so much, and there is no way that I'm not coming back next year, so cabin 21 here I come!!
— Owen M., Camper 2016
Worth every penny
I am not usually a parent who sends their child readily to a sleep away situation but the experience here is well worth every penny! Students get conditioning and exercise but more importantly through guest speakers they also get life lessons on losing, diet, drug abuse, never giving up and many more topics! I highly recommend this camp.
— Linda B., Parent 2016
After my first week at camp, I could not wait until I got to go back. I've highly enjoyed both times I've been to camp and I intend to continue going for the next several years. I always have a lot of fun running and during the other activities, and I've made amazing friends during my time here.
— Stacy R., Camper 2016
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!"
— Billy H., Camper
"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."
— Nick H., Camper
"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."
— Garrett H., Camper
"The entire camp experience was great from the food,lodging, instructors, the running trips, guest speakers, just everything was positive."
— Dawn W., Camper
"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."
— Devin S., Camper
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!"
— Estelle P., Parent
Love running even more
"This camp made me love running even more than I previously did."
— Dwight S., Camper
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."
— Dana C., Camper
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."
— Gustavo A., Camper
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."
— Julian H., Camper
"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!"
— Ella F., Camper
Instruction solid, but not intense
The running instruction is solid, but not intense. The coaches gave practical suggestions for improvement that were easy to implement. Our runner was well-grouped so that she was challenged but not discouraged. Although its purpose is running, there is adequate downtime and activities to meet the "camp" part of the experience.
— Kenny T., Camper 2016
"Motivated me to do more and become better, and the social aspect was excellent, meeting new people."
— Trevor R., Camper
"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! "
— Melody C., Camper
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!"
— Allison H., Camper
Pick up was chaotic
The pick up at the end of the week was a little chaotic, having to collect my things from a cabin that was different from where I was left (was confusing for my parents to know whether they had all of my hints that appeared to have been just dumped on the porch of another cabin) and where I spent the week. Employees weren't even sure where my stuff was.
— Kristen L., Camper 2016
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."
— Jessie E., Camper
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."
— Spencer G., Camper
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."
— Grant V., Camper
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."
— Ramona L., Camper
"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! "
— Della P., Camper
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!"
— Ruby B., Camper
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."
— Joey W., Camper
"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. "
— Geneva P., Camper
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.
— Noel N., Camper
The title Five Star Cross Country Camp really speaks for itself!!!
— Ira M., Camper
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!
— Patrick B., Camper
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!
— Eddie C., Camper
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.
— Darrin B., Camper
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.
— Tony H., Camper
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.
— Leland M., Camper
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!
— Shane H., Camper
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.
— Tomas M., Camper
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!
— Toni M., Camper
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!
— Ben Y., Camper