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Thirteen Up-and-Coming Distance Runners Selected to Attend 2017 RunPro Camp


RunPro Camp provides valuable information to post-collegiate runners
seeking to pursue a professional running career

Arlington, Virginia, June 16, 2017 – Thirteen up-and-coming distance runners, who have recently graduated from colleges and universities throughout the country, have been selected to attend the 6th RunPro Camp.  The 2017 camp, hosted by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), will be held in Arlington, Virginia, July 20-22.

RunPro Camp is designed specifically for athletes who are interested in pursuing a professional running career following completion of collegiate eligibility.  Selection to the Camp is based on an application process, with most athletes being NCAA qualifiers and competing in distances ranging from the 800 meters through the 10,000 meters, as well as in Cross Country.

“We are excited to host the 6th 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 great success in recent years from athletes that have attended RunPro Camp in the past five years. This year, we have another great group of rising stars that we hope will become professional distance runners.”

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The goal of RunPro Camp is to encourage, support, and provide the tools for more top-collegiate distance runners to pursue a professional running career on the track, roads, in cross country, and in the growing professional world of trail and ultra running.  Along with the 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 and show good potential for moving to the next level of performance includes:.

Gabrielle Anzalone – Univ. of  Wisconsin-Madison
Chelsea Blaase  – Univ. of Tennessee
Kelsey Bruce – Dallas Baptist Univ.
Breanna Colbenson – Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth
Reed Fischer – Drake Univ.
Rianna Goins – UC Davis
Ian La Mere – University of Wisconsin - Platteville
Kevin Lewis – Univ. of Iowa
Jennifer Owen – Arizona State Univ.
Joel Reichow –  South Dakota State Univ.
Ryan Rutherford – Illinois State Univ.
Rachel Weber – The Ohio State Univ.
Futsum Zienasellassie – Northern Arizona Univ.

Accomplished professional runner, Michael Wardian, will share lessons learned from his career during the Camp’s Friday night VIP dinner.  Important topics covered at RunPro Camp will include pro runner support initiatives, agent vs. self representation, anti-doping compliance, USA Track & Field Road Racing Circuit spotlight, training with a distance training center, elite athlete recruitment, and much more.

Spots still remain for interested athletes to attend 2017 RunPro Camp. Runners who are completing their NCAA eligibility by June 30, 2017, along with runners who have completed eligibility within the last 24-months, are encouraged to apply. The RRCA provides travel and lodging to qualified applicants. Learn more at:

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