Camper Testimonials

“Such a good week one of my favorite years of camp ❤️ ” – Tara Smurla – 4 year camper

“I met a lot new friends, had a fun time, and got a lot of really good advice that I think can help me out.” – Patrick Storti

“Camp was fun and educational. I learned a lot and the camp taught me how to become a better runner.” – Peter Tepper

“I started going to RunningWorks camp when I was a sophomore in high school.  My high school team was small and I was the only athlete from my team who went to camp.  Going to RunningWorks allowed me to train with other girls who throughout my high school career I battled with at the finish line, which at first seemed very nerve racking.  But by the end of camp, I made tons of friends and felt like a part of the running community.  After camp, I looked at racing and competitions in a different way; I was racing against friends, and this made me much less nervous when getting on the line.  I had friends who would cheer for me when I was having a hard time, and I had the opportunity to be a motivator for other athletes as well.  RunningWorks allowed me to meet new people and make new connections with other runners.  Additionally, the many running counselor’s at camp were amazing role models and were able to help me with anything I needed.  RunningWorks was like a second team to me.  Even after graduating in 2019, I still talk and meet with old friends from camp to run and hang out, and I still talk to previous counselor’s who ask me how I am doing in college. The bonds I was able to make with other athletes and mentors alike have made my running experience much more meaningful” – Raelynne Miller, Millville HS/Rowan University

“I was a Runningworks camper in group ‘A’  during the summers of ’15 and ’16. My most memorable running experiences have blossomed from my time spent at camp, and I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to return and be a part of the fun and wholesome environment for all kinds of runners. I was exposed to critical coaching from collegiate student-athletes and camp visitors like Mary Cain and Nicole Tully that contributed to my progress throughout high school. Clinics on mindful eating, useful stretches, and body weight activity gave me insight onto strategies that would strengthen my body in ways that running could not do alone. Additionally, my most valued friendships have risen from my time at camp. I have been exposed to new workouts which I will take into the future. I made great friends with competitors from rival teams and have continued to strengthen relationships with campers I met over two years ago. These experiences have strengthened my love for running and solidified my passion for the sport outside of competition. I am grateful to have learned that running provides more for me than a PR but a healthy lifestyle and a community of runners who share my passion” – Olivia Gerstenbacher

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