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Read below for more information on this year's impressive line up of running camp facilitators and speakers...
Justin Taylor (Facilitator for advanced runners)
Justin Taylor was one of the brains behind the first ACRR Running Camp. He ran for St. Joseph Academy and was named Track & Field Athlete of the Decade by the St. Augustine Record in 2010. The Record called Justin "Maybe the best athlete in the history of the school." He won five individual state championships in track (at 800-, 1600-, and 3200-meter distances), and in cross country, he won the 2004 Class A championship meet in 15:36.
Justin signed with University of Florida and ran on both the track and cross country teams. In track, he was a part of Florida's SEC champion distance medley relay team at the SEC meet in 2006. He was also a member of The Gators 2010 SEC and National Championship winning teams. His PRs include a 4:01 mile and 14:02 5k, which both rank top-10 in University of Florida history.
Justin has also run in Scotland, and in 2006, he was the Under 23 National Champion for 5000 meters and runner-up in the 1500 meters.
Justin currently coaches the cross country and track teams at St. Joseph Academy. He is also the current Vice President of ACRR. At this year's ACRR Running Camp, he will focus on the more experienced runners. He will provide additional instruction tailored to higher miles and faster times.
Kevin Gamble (Facilitator)
Kevin Gamble is from Gainesville, Florida, and ran cross country at Buchholz High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and then received a Masters in Education from Florida International University. He has been a middle school teacher since 1997. For the past twelve years, Kevin has been a Marine Science instructor and a cross country coach in St. Johns County.
Kevin is one of the founders of the St. Johns County Middle School Cross Country program. It started in 2007 with 50 runners from two schools, and now there are over 400 runners from nine schools. This is a county-wide program that operates at no cost to the runners.
Kevin will facilitate the camp for the second time this year. He wants young runners “to understand that running is both an individual pursuit and a team endeavor,” and he wants runners “to learn training techniques and habits that they can apply for a lifetime of joy, fitness, and friendship through running.”
Keith Brantly (Speaker)
Keith Brantly is from Winter Haven, Florida, and he was the State Cross Country Champion in 1979. He then ran for University of Florida's track and field team and was named All-American in the indoor two-mile run and the 10,000-meter run. He was also the SEC Cross Country Champion in 1983. In a competitive running career spanning nearly three decades, Keith won multiple road championships at 10K, 20K, and 25K distances. He also participated in several Olympic trials. He ultimately competed in the marathon at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, placing 28th out of 111 runners. Keith now operates Brantly Running, coaching runners and triathletes of all ages and abilities.
At this year's Running Camp, Keith will speak about his Olympic experience and his philosophy of running.
Debbie Powers (Speaker)
Debbie Powers is assistant professor emerita of physical education at Ball State University. She was captain of Indiana University’s only women’s basketball team to play in a Final Four National Championship. Her career as a high school and college coach and physical education teacher spanned 33 years. She is a co-author of 10 editions of A Wellness Way of Life---a textbook used across the country in college health and wellness courses. Her son, Chris, was a two-time All-American in track and cross-country at Indiana University. Debbie is a strong advocate for lifetime physical activities.
Steve Vighetti (Speaker)
Steve Vighetti is the owner of Vighetti & Associates Sports Physical Therapy in St. Augustine. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College where he was a four-year starter on the soccer team. After graduation, Steve turned his attention to running, and he has since competed in races from 5K to marathons. He earned his Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine in 1997. He has been a certified manual therapist since 2005 and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists since 2008. Driven by his passion for running and the biomechanics of the gait cycle, Steve has developed a successful running program, Refine Your Run, helping St. Augustine’s runners analyze and improve their performance.
At this year's ACRR Running Camp, Steve will present on running injuries - how to prevent them, how to identify them, and how to treat them.
View 2018 Running Camp Flyer/Application
The Ancient City Road Runners invite you to join us for a fun-filled camp designed to make you a better runner!
Camp Date:July 9-13, 2018; 7:30am - Noon
Camp Race: Bridge Of Lions 5K - Castillo San Marcos: July 14, 2018
The Camp is open to rising 7th - 12th graders. Campers must be able to run 3
miles comfortably. Camp tuition is $75 and includes entry into the
Bridge of Lions 5K. Scholarships are available.
* Each day will include classroom lessons and running.
* The camp will include lessons on training strategy, running form, strength training, stretching, nutrition and running as more than a hobby.
* Enrollment is limited to the first 25 registrants.
* To sign up, download the registration form by clicking here.
For more information, please contact Jamin Ruibenstein
Email Camp Director