12h Annual Elementary and Middle School Camp Helps Promote Youth Running

For the past twelve years late July and early August at Stubbs Park in Centerville has been home to over 1000 youth runners participating in the annual Elementary and Middle School Camp.   The 2014 edition of the camp was one of the largest ever with over 100 campers.  For the past six years, the camp has been supported by Up and Running, a running specialty store in Centerville located on the corner of Whipp Rd. and Rt. 48. The camp was designed to raise an awareness of the sport of cross country, teach basic training routines, and allow the athlete to enjoy the benefits of running through a positive and rewarding experience.

The Centerville Girls Cross Country Head Coach and Camp Director David Dobson wrote the curriculum for the week and could not be more pleased with the response from the Centerville community.  Dobson stated, “the campers have an absolute blast!”  Campers were taught about running topics such as warming-up, running form, hill running, and pacing.  “I am really pleased we are meeting the needs of some children who really just love to run.  However, athletes from all sports are getting a great experience that can help them in all of their activities.” said Dobson.  The camp concluded with a 1K and 2K race for elementary and middle school runners respectively.  The top 5 boys and girls from each are listed below.


Elementary Girls                                               Elementary Boys

1. Jenna Hallbeck – 4:04 (#2 All-Time)         1.   Alex Bucher – 4:00 (#3 All-Time)
2. Brooke Strobel – 4:35                                    2.  Nicholas Perez – 4:03 (#5 All-Time)
3. Brianna Crabtree – 4:35                                3.  Chris Dixon – 4:03 (#5 All-Time)
4. Addison Dobson – 4:54                                 4.  Truman Andreason – 4:05 (#7 All-Time)
5. Shaylynn Weeber – 4:54                                5.  Aiden Zink – 4:22


Middle School Girls                                            Middle School Boys

1. Savannah Lowe – 7:55 (#2 All-Time)           1.  John Flood – 7:44 (#3 All-Time)
2. Emily Whitehead – 8:42                                 2.  Andrew Hallbeck – 8:34
3. Rachel Whitehead – 8:46                               3.  Noah Reitz – 9:34
4. Kerri Walsh – 8:51                                           4.  Ryan Flanagan – 9:34
5. Emma Bucher – 9:13                                       5.  Steven Kingrey – 9:48

The camp is tentatively scheduled to begin next summer on Monday, July 27, 2015.