Runner's Roost Endurance Camp

Session One: Friday, Aug 2 through Saturday, Aug 10
Session Two: Saturday, Aug 10 through Sunday, Aug 18

Take your pre-season endurance training up a notch in Craftsbury, VT

Runner’s Roost Endurance Camp is an all-in-one endurance training opportunity for middle and high school-aged female athletes. During each August session, campers will gain a competitive edge through a dynamic, cross-training regimen which embraces endurance activities including running, cycling, swimming, canoeing, hiking, and turtling.

The camp is timed accordingly to help young women prepare for fall running and sports seasons. Camp participants should expect a weekly running routine of anywhere from 15-35 miles, skill dependent. Workout accommodations can/will be tailored to each trainee.

Runner’s Roost Endurance Camp encourages participants to embrace the active lifestyle and outdoor setting of its northern Vermont location. Campers will make full use of all the Green Mountain state has to offer: the dirt roads, the woods, the mountains, the water, even the occasional moose crossings.

STAFF

Camp Director Steve Norris is the owner of the Runner’s Roost and veteran head of the girl’s cross country and track program at Darien High School. He is the only girls coach in Connecticut who has won state-open team titles in three different sports: cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. Norris brings 40+ years of experience as a runner and a coach to his camp director role. He has trained middle school and high schoolers for 30 years in Vermont.

Also on staff will be an adult female coach.

FACILITIES

Runner’s Roost Endurance Camp rents property at Breezy Hill Farm, 1135 Willie Hill Rd . Owner Cindi Bollettieri lives in the main house and rents her adjacent summer house to the camp.

Accommodations include one king bed, two doubles, one trundle, three singles, and two bunks. There is also room for cots/inflatables.

Phone line (802) 586-9124.

We have the use of the 200 acre property which includes a three acre swimming pound. The property is accurately portrayed on Google Maps.

TESTIMONIALS

“Norrie’s camp reinforced running as a lifestyle, a time to play, and an outstanding way to make close friends. Almost 15 years later, the sport still brings me the greatest joy, the closest friends, and the biggest sense of adventure.Coach Norris’ slightly off-beat approach to training is great preparation for the high school race scene as well. He has a deep understanding of the high school athlete and goes over a lot of the basics throughout the week. The best part [of camp] was the team building. Throughout the week you are challenged in many ways (we had to run up Jay Peak, canoe for four miles, and search for a pint of Ben and Jerry’s with a “map”) and what I remember most was laying the foundations for the friends and teammates that I’m still in touch with. It was just the right balance of challenge and fun. I’d recommend it in a heartbeat!”

-Kerri Lyons, three year camper and three-time FCIAC cross country champion for Wilton High School and ran all four years at Cornell University.

“Camp in Vermont is one of my fondest memories [from] my high school experience. I remain incredibly close with a majority of the friends I initially made at camp, and we still reminisce about the time we spent in Craftsbury together. Though the workouts and runs we did there were oftentimes challenging, it was always the highlight of my summer. I cannot recommend it enough.”

-Grace Loh, three year camper and a two-time placer in the New England high school championship 1000 meters for Darien High School and ran all four years at Bucknell University.

“Our daughter not only improved her running skills and endurance, but enjoyed the friendships and camaraderie. Norrie and his camp offer a rare blend of seriousness about the sport, while welcoming all abilities.”

-Amy Bell, parent of two-time camper

FAQs

What kinds of activities does Runner’s Roost Endurance Camp offer?

Campers will develop their running abilities through track, dirt road, and trail workouts. To supplement running routines, girls will also mountain bike, hike, canoe, and swim.

What does a typical day look like at camp?

Days at camp are scheduled to maximize endurance and cross-training opportunities. For example, a morning bike on dirt roads, an afternoon run on ski trails, and an evening recreational swim. Some days will involve half day excursions, for example, hiking up/tramming down Jay Peak.

My camper needs her own transportation to camp. How do I get to camp?

Directions via 1-91: Take I-91 to St. Johnsbury, VT.
Take Route 2 west for 15 miles to Hardwick.
Take Route 14 north for 10 miles.
Make a right on the paved road with signage to Craftsbury. This road takes you through Craftsbury Center and Craftsbury Common.
Proceed ½ mile past the Common down a gradual hill. Stay straight when the paved road bends left.
Keep straight 100 yards to the next intersection.
Continue straight up Wylie Hill Rd.
After ½ mile, pass the yellow main house on left.
Proceed another ¼ mile and look for a driveway on the left hand side.

What medical services are available in case of emergency?

The nearest emergency care facility is the Hardwick Area Health Center in Hardwick, VT, 10 miles from camp. (802) 472-6666.
The closest hospital is Copley Hospital in Morrisville, VT, 20 miles from camp. (802) 888-4231

*NOTE: If any camper is suspected of having a concussion, they will be immediately removed from all athletic and endurance activities until written clearance is provided from a licensed physician.

What amenities are there on site?

The Breezy Hill Farm rental property includes one kitchen with stove, a dishwasher, washer and dryer, three full baths, satellite TV, phone lines, and internet access.

What should participants bring to camp?

Campers should pack 5-6 days of running attire (t shirts, shorts, socks, sports bras), plus a windbreaker, and a sweatshirt/pullover. In addition, campers should bring warm clothing like sweats or flannels for sleeping (nights in VT can be chilly), a bathing suit, a beach towel, a bike helmet, and multiple pairs of running shoes. Flip flops, a small drawstring bag, sunglasses/hat are recommended. Some spending money for souvenirs is also encouraged.

*NOTE: A full packing list will be provided for all campers after June 1.
Still have questions? Camp Director Steve Norris can be reached at (203) 655 9937 or runtheroost@gmail.com

Is any other special equipment required?

Mountain biking is a key part of our program. Therefore, campers should bring a good mountain bike. All bikes must have front suspension and knobby tires.

Is there a meal plan?

Runner’s Roost Endurance campers will prepare most breakfasts and lunches at Breezy Hill Farm. Some dinners will be catered.
*NOTE: Any dietary restrictions/food safety concerns should be brought to the camp director’s immediate attention.

REGISTRATION & LOGISTICS

Runner’s Roost Endurance Camp offers two summer sessions.

Session One: Friday, August 2 through Saturday, August 10

*NOTE: Transportation is provided TO Craftsbury for the first seven campers who pay $400 non refundable deposit. The departure time from the Runner’s Roost is 8:00 AM. Transportation cannot be provided for the August 10 return.

Session Two: Saturday, August 10 through Sunday, Aug 18

*NOTE: Transportation is provided FROM Craftsbury to the first seven campers who pay the $400 non refundable deposit. Estimated return time to Runner’s Roost is 7:00PM, on August 18.  We cannot give rides to Vermont.

The cost of camp is $900. This covers all room and board, equipment rentals (excluding mountain bikes), and transportation in/around Craftsbury.

To reserve your spot for Runner’s Roost Endurance Camp this year, please mail  a $400 deposit check, made out to Runner’s Roost, as soon as possible. The remaining $500 balance is due by June 1. Campers will receive a questionnaire/waiver at that time.

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