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For over 40 years the DISTANCE VILLAGE CAMP has proven its success in bringing out the best in EVERY Level of runner. The camp has graduated dozens of state champions, innumerable All-State runners and contributed greatly to improvement of runners at all levels. Above all an intellectual approach will be taken to put the ‘why’ into running as well as the ‘how’ of the sport. Lectures and videos will be employed on mechanics, the physiology of endurance, training techniques, and running tactics. Each runner can be given a personal evaluation and suggestions for continued progress in his distance competition. Training runs will be matched to the camper’s ability, previous training and experience.

The Village will be directed by five-time national cross country “Coach of the Year” Doug Watts. In his 44 years of coaching the Boro prior to retiring in 2013, Watts brought national recognition to his men and women distance runners. Six national cross country team champion-ships are matched by six runner up trophies as well as 34 top ten finishes. Individually, Edinboro runners won four XC national titles, and have produced over 100 All-American under Watts’ lead. Sixteen former Edinboro runners have qualified for the Olympic trials. Five have gone on to represent the United States in international competition.

After completing his 1st season as head coach, Rick Hammer joins our camp staff. In his first year the Edin-boro men and women finished 9th and 13th. The women won the NCAA II Atlantic Regional. Prior to coming to Edinboro Hammer coached at Lewis University and Manchester College.

Also joining our staff is Edinboro alum, former DIS-TANCE VILLAGE camper, and veteran counselor, Jake Krolick. Training under the Edinboro system, Krolick has run 1:05 for the half marathon while assisting Edinboro’s cross country and track teams in 2013-14. He also has a year of experience with the ultra successful Adams State University distance program.

Counselors include former national champions, colle-giate All-Americans and professional resource people. The camper, living closely together with these exceptional leaders, should be directly influenced by the knowledge, example, and especially the SPIRIT offered by such outstanding runners.

Housing will be in the University's modern residence halls - two campers to a room. Women's housing will be in a separate residence hall or hall wing. Meals will be prepared and served in the University's regular dining hall. Camp week is definitely a pre-college educational experience. From past experience we know you will leave camp tired from the miles of training, but injury free, enthusiastic, and wiser from the experience of the Village.

Reviews & Comments

  • shinn 2014-02-09 No rating
    Challenge yourself and help your team next fall by attending this camp. The coaching staff is world class and the Edinboro environment is fantastic for distance running. You will come to learn about your real capacity (at many things) and what it takes to achieve your goals. Bring a teammate and a good pair of training shoes.
  • AbbeeyLang 2014-02-05
    I have been to very many crosscountry and track camps but this, by far, is the best and most successful one I have ever attended. After the first year I attended this camp I learned so much about running and it took me from being average to the next level. I am so lucky to say I got to spend so much time with not only Coach Watts but the athletes also. This truly is a great running camp.
  • coachausel 2014-02-05 No rating
    Wow, it is hard to believe that this camp started 40 years ago! I attend 37 years ago! It still is today, as it was 37 years ago, a great opportunity for young runners to grow as distance runners. It is a great experience which allows young people and opportunity to understand their abilities and their potential as student-athletes. I am a coach today and would recommend this camp for all HS runners!
  • krolickj 2014-02-05 No rating
    I attended the Distance Village in 2007. This camp inspired me to become a "real runner" after training with the counselors and listening to Coach Watts' crazy stories. I mark this camp as the turning point which took me from a 10:20 2 miler to a 65 min half marathoner. Camp was also a lot of fun as it was my first time away from home and I enjoyed the experience of independence experienced by a college athlete. Really grateful for this experience!

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