Camp 2012 Reminder Info #3

Please feel free to send in any stories and/or pictures and/or results to share on the camp blog if you have attended camp in the past - your friends and the staff are interested to hear how things are going for you!

I hope you were able to review the information sent last time about running shoes and running form - important stuff. This time I would like to point out a place for finding running related events on TV or online, especially if you have you ever wondered if there was a resource to tell you where and when you can see them. Jesse Squire has a website called Track & Field Superfan ( where, among other things, he maintains a schedule of TV/online running-related events. He keeps the schedule in Google Calendar format which means you can subscribe to it and have it appear on your own Google Calendar. If you are interested in checking it out, here is the link:

Please let me know if you have any questions about camp or anything else.

As the weather heats up, stay cool and be safe!


Camp 2012 Reminder #2

This past February, two of our Camp 2012 runners (who happen to be brothers) ran in the Hyannis Half Marathon. They were kind enough to do a little write-up for the camp blog and sent some pictures along so, if you are interested in checking it out, here's the link:

If you have attended camp in the past and would like to share on the camp blog any of your own stories and/or pictures and/or results, please feel free to send them in. For example, Addis could send in her story and some pix about running HER half marathon during the winter!! Don't be shy!

I'll wrap this up by pointing you to some information regarding running form (we will address this more aggressively at Camp 2012), specifically as it relates to footwear. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella (Natural Running Center in West Virginia) has distilled much of the recent information on and offers a good presentation of this topic through a couple of podcast interviews and a YouTube video, links to which are provided below. If you can spare the time, I encourage you to "take them in" and give some thought about your own running and how this information could help you become a better runner. There are additional resources available on the web if you want to delve deeper into this topic.

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella
Principles of Natural Running with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella - YouTube
Trail Runner Nation Interview Podcast - pt1 - pt2

That's it for now. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Think Spring and be safe!


Brothers Rabasco Take Hyannis Half!

Hyannis Half-marathon by Matt Rabasco

On February 26, 2012, it was a cool 41° with wind chills of 26.° (Tip #1: dress appropriately for the weather; being too cold will cause you to lose energy from shivering, being too warm will cause you to lose energy from too much sweat. This is especially important with longer distances). I went down to the hotel's free breakfast and chose only a banana (tip #2: make sure to get some type of fuel 1-3 hours before the race). I was packed tight up front with the seven minute pace group, the siren went off and so did I. (tip #3: make sure you know your pace or else you will be stuck in a pack that is not your pace, once in a pack it’s not easy to get out). I sped past some people wondering what my pace was (tip #4: I recommend running with a watch for the longer distances, but don’t look at your watch every mile) and asked someone finally and they told me a 6:35 pace so I was thinking about slowing down a little bit but kept on strong. (Tip #5: If you feel the need for water get it from the closest water station, even when its cold your body is still losing water from sweat). I held my pace for the whole race and finished with a time of 1:26:04, finishing 73rd over-all and second for my age group. (Tip #6: make a goal and achieve it, it feels so much better in the end knowing what you’re doing this for).

Race Results:

Camp 2012 Reminder Info #1

Registration is open for Camp 2012 which will be held from August 5-9 (we will offer a second session from August 10-14 if there are enough runners who want to do two sessions). I have attached the Camp 2012 registration forms and brochure for your convenience--feel free to forward these to your coaches, teammates, and running friends. If registering, please don't forget to have everything (check included) faxed or emailed prior to mailing. If you would rather avoid the USPS Mail altogether, you are welcome to use Dwolla ( as your payment method and simply fax the completed forms.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I hope your running is going well!

Stay safe,


p.s. Don't forget that alumni are always welcome to return to camp for the Jason Olbrych Challenge Run (the final morning of each year's camp)!!

Camp alumni at O'Connell Invitational

Kendrick (NEPXC11, 10th Place Boys), Shoshana (NEPXC11), Addis (NEPXC11, 4th Place Girls), Caroline (NEPXC10-11, 10th Place Girls), Meghan (NEPXC10), Kate (NEPXC10), Lexi (NEPXC10, 12th Place Girls)