Interactive camp provides tools, guidance and resources for top recent post-collegiate runners to pursue a professional career
ARLINGTON, Virginia – Eight up-and-coming distance runners, who have recently graduated from colleges and universities throughout the country, have been selected to attend the 5th RunPro Camp. The 2016 camp, again hosted by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), will be held in Arlington, Virginia, July 14-16.
RunPro Camp 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 Cross Country.
“We look forward to hosting the 5th RunPro Camp in our continuing efforts to attract and keep talented distance runners in our sport,” said Jean Knaack, RRCA executive director. “We’ve seen some great successes from athletes that have attended RunPro Camp. This year, we have another great group of rising stars that we hope will become professional distance runners.”
The goal of the RunPro Camp is to encourage, support and provide the tools and guidance for more top collegiate distance runners to pursue a professional running career, and train at a high level so that U.S. performances will continue to improve. Along with the RRCA’s recently announced elite runner development grant project and long-standing Roads Scholars program, RunPro Camp continues a long tradition of the RRCA providing resources and financial support to pave the way for the future of American distance running.
The athletes selected to attend RunPro Camp have finished their collegiate careers and show good potential to reach the next level. Travel and lodging is being provided to the following runners:
- Erika Barr – UC Davis
- Margaret Connelly – Iowa State University
- Jeremy Greenwald – Georgia Tech
- Willie Milam – Gonzaga University
- Shannon Osika – University of Michigan
- Timothy Rackers – University of Tulsa
- Samantha Rivard – University of Minnesota-Duluth
- Abbabiya Simbassa– University of Oklahoma
Important topics to be covered at RunPro Camp include Pro Runner Support Initiatives by Jack Wickens, AthleteBiz Founder & USATF Foundation board member, and Agent Representation vs. Self Representation by Hawi Keflezighi of HAWI Sports Management. Representatives from USA Track & Field, U.S. distance training centers, elite athlete recruiters and more will be speaking at the Camp
About the RRCA: The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the oldest and largest national association of running organizations and runners dedicated to growing the sport since 1958. The RRCA champions the development of community-based running clubs and events that serve runners of all ages and abilities in pursuit of health and competition. The RRCA’s vision is to see an organized running club established in every community in the U.S.
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