In 1986,

Ron Helmer, then at Woodbridge HS, and Gene Walker, then at Maggie Walker HS, decided to put together a summer camp for their runners to get ready for the impending cross country season. About 70 runners were in attendance that first year at Massanetta Springs, just south of Harrisonburg, VA.


Camp quickly grew to 90 athletes in the second year and 120 athletes in the third. By 1989, camp had outgrown Massanetta Springs and moved just down the road to its current setting at Eastern Mennonite University.

Through the years, camp has kicked off the cross country season for numerous State Champion individuals and teams as well as Footlocker/Nike finalists, and NCAA All-Americans. 


In its present form, Blue Ridge Running Camp plays host to over 300 athletes, college counselors, and coaches each July. Camp is open to any and all based on age and room availability.

Camp director 

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Dan Ireland - 
columbia university 

CAMP staff

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dave davis - 
Colgan high school
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stan morgan -
middlothian high school
Donnie Tickle -
radford university
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bill walton - 
james madison university (ret)
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Kelly Deegan - 
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Kevin Sours - 
 Hortonville  High School (Wisconsin)
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Melissa Tirone-
colgan high school
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matt walton - 
glen allen high school

CAMP Founders


Ron Helmer -

Indiana University

gene Walker - 
marion high school (ret)

College Counselors

2019 counselors
2018 counselors
2019 College Counselors
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