Arlington, Virginia – July 1, 2013 – Fourteen up-and-coming distance runners, who have recently graduated from colleges and universities throughout the country, have been selected to attend the second RunPro Camp. The 2013 camp, hosted by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), will be held in Arlington, Virginia, July 18-21.
The RunPro Camp, which was held for the first time in 2011 in Minneapolis, is designed specifically for athletes who are interested in pursuing a professional running career. Selection to the camp was based on an application process, with most athletes being NCAA qualifiers and competing in distances ranging from the 800 meters up through the 10,000 meters as well as in cross country.
“We are excited to host the RunPro Camp in a continuing effort to attract and keep talented distance runners in our sport,” said Jean Knaack, RRCA executive director. “We think we’ve selected a great group of rising stars who will have an opportunity to receive a comprehensive overview of what is involved in becoming a professional runner.”
The interactive camp provides a forum for runners to meet coaches and athletes from professional training centers, learn about sponsorship requirements, determine what type of representation would be best, find out about USA Track & Field resources and long distance running initiatives plus anti-doping compliance, as well as discuss how to work with the media and how to seek both financial and health support.
The athletes selected have finished their collegiate careers and show good potential for moving on to the next level. Travel and lodging is being provided to the qualified runners who include:
Eric Finan – University of Cincinnati
Michael Heller – Kent State University
Meghan Nelson – Iowa State University
Jonathan Peterson – University of California Davis
Gabriel Proctor – Western Colorado State University
Cydney Ross – Duke University
Ben Sathre – University of St. Thomas
Danielle Stack – Iowa State University
Gina Valgoi – Loyola University
Amanda Winslow – Florida State University
Kristen Findley – Vanderbilt University
Cate Westenhover – Baylor University
Lara Crofford – Shippensburg University
Lauren Kleppin – Western State Univ. of Colorado
Founded in 1958, the Road Runners Club of America is the oldest and largest national association of running clubs, running events and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise. The mission of the RRCA is to promote the sport of running through the development and growth of running clubs and running events throughout the country. The RRCA supports the common interests of runners of all abilities during all stages of life by providing education and leadership opportunities along with programs and services that benefit all runners. The RRCA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Learn more at www.RRCA.org and at www.RunPro.com