News and Announcements
2016 X-Treme Running Camp
Monday, August 1st through Friday, August 5th
9 am to Noon
LODESTAR PARK, Route 94, Newton, NJ
For information, call/text 973-271-6624
If you are serious about our sport and want to get as much out of a Running Camp as possible,
X-Treme Running Camp is for you.
Awesome speakers will again be at X-Treme Running Camp. For 2016, we have running phenoms, Olympian Marcus O'Sullivan and multiple NYC Marathon Winner and Coach Extroadinaire, Tom Flemming. We also welcome back outstanding coach and author, Mark Will-Weber, form expert, Janice Morra, high school stand out coach Sean Robinson, super-star motivator, Cornell Thomas, colegiate running phenom Sarah Disanza, and the legendary former 10-mile national champion Mike Mykytok.
Our guarantee is that you will leave X-Treme Running Camp in better shape, more motivated and with a higher love of our sport than when you arrived. If you are a competitive youth runner, the X-Treme Running Camp will bring your running experience to a higher level. Our philosophy is that if you do something, do it right. Get as much out of running as you can and go into your season in shape…both physically and mentally. Challenge yourself, come to X-Treme Running Camp and reach your full potential in all aspects of our sport. In its 16th year, X-Treme Running Camp has gained the reputation as one of the most prestigious running camps in the Northeast.
LINK TO ON-LINE REGISTRATION: https://raceroster.com/events/2016/7204/xtremerunningcamp
X-TREME RUNNING CAMP TESTIMONIALS:
"The X-Treme Running camp gets me really motivated for Cross Country. The Guest Speakers are very inspirational and even though Camp is demanding, it's also a lot of fun."
Dylan Capwell, Hopatcong High School Junior, X-Treme 5K Winner, 1:55 800 meter runner
"I owe a lot of my success to the X-Treme Running Camp. It gets me in great shape physically as well as mentally for the cross country season."
Kristen Landry, Mountain Lakes Senior, 3 time Sectionals Champion
"I like regular people out there who are doing amazing things. They're my idols because all of you can start as regular runners and push to do amazing things."
Michael Mykytok, X-Treme Speaker & National Champion
"There are things that make a good runner: you must have the interest, the attitude and the discipline. Sussex County is one of the best places I would train myself. The terrain around here is absolutely wonderful."
Peter Rono, X-Treme Speaker, Olympic Gold Medalist
"Somewhere in the world, someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win."
Tom Fleming, X-Treme Speaker, NY Marathon Champion
"The X-Treme Running Camp was a great bonding experience for our team. It helped set us up for a record breaking season.
Kathy Binder, Girls Head Coach, King George High School, King George, Virginia
"X-Treme Running Camp is awesome. I've learned so much from the speakers as well as the staff there, and it has really inspired me to think big."
Michael Galonski, Newton High School Graduate, SCIL 3,200 Meter Champion
"Remember that no matter how nervous you get about the race, it's also something you should enjoy. I think that's the one thing in my career I regret ... not enjoying the competition enough."
Marcus O'Sullivan, X-Treme Speaker, Olympian and World Famous Miler
The X-Treme Running Camp experience is something fantastic and unique and takes full advantage of Lodestar Park's superb training venues. The camp caters to middle and high school runners and welcomes runners of all abilities as well as athletes involved in other sports looking to improve their endurance and speed.
Camp runs from 9 am to Noon, and each day includes an endurance session, a speed session (both tailored to each individual's ability) plus a highly-acclaimed guest speaker. Our camp is directed by elite distance running husband and wife team Guy and Laurie Gordon, and all counselors are seasoned adult runners. Specials during the week include: The X-Treme Relay, The X-Treme 5K, The Impromptu Relay and our patented "X-Treme Run Around" drill.
Please Note:Should you have to cancel after you have sent in your registration form, you cn either choose to be reimbursed 50 percent of the fee or apply it to the 2016 Camp.
Though we are a day camp, many opt to stay in the area for the week at a local campground. There is a Holiday Inn Express located in the main town of Newton about 5 miles from Camp. Swartswood State park offers tent camping and Aldersgate has a large facility with bunk-bed housing and a big common room for games and movies. Stokes State Forest has cabins. The number for Holiday Inn Express is 973-940-8888. The phone number for Swartswood State Park is: 973-383-5230, the number for Aldersgate is 973-383-5978, and the number for Stokes State Forest is 973-948-3820
My husband, Guy Gordon, was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. A 54-year-old distance runner who still holds several masters course records in the marathon across the country, we would never have thought he could have Diabetes.
In mid April, Guy started to not feel well. He had to urinate all the time, and after a few days, checked his weight to discover he had lost 9 pounds in four days. He had some other odd symptoms too. The culmination was a visit to the doctor who said his sugar was high and gave him a glucose monitor to check his levels. That was Tuesday, April 24th. Guy owns a business called Back on Track through which he counsels kids and teens who are dealing with all sorts of adversities in the context of fitness, guidance and motivation. Though he mostly goes to the kids' homes, some of the kids come to our house to work with him in our home gym. That was the case that Thursday, April 26th. Guy arrived home a few minutes before the client and his father were to arrive. He looked terribly thin, appeared gray and said he felt horrible. I insisted he take his sugar.
Rather than registering a number, the monitor read "Hi." As Guy insisted on proceeding with the session, I scrambled to get him one of the Metformin tablets the doctor had given him on Tuesday. He took it as he headed downstiars with the client, and I raced for the computer. My Google search for "HI on a glucose monitor" gave me multiple answers all of which either said "Go immediately to the Emergency Room," or "Medical Emergency." Some were even in red. I grabbed things for him and put them in a bag as I tried my best to calmly explain to our six-year-old daughter that we were going to the Emergency Room. When his session was done, it was a fight, but he got in the car and we headed to Newton Memorial Hospital. Good thing, because had we not, we learned later that if he had made it through dinner -- which would have raised the number yet higher -- he most likely would have gone into a comma in his sleep. I would have assumed he was sleeping and he could easily have died.
Four days later, Guy was released from the hospital a Diabetic. His love of fast food was to be turned in for an exceptionally healthy and regulated diet and I was to become a carb-counting personal chef in charge of every morsel that enters his mouth. Guy is now dependent on insulin to live. He has to test his blood sugar multiple times a day and react accordingly if it's too high or, in most cases, too low due to the insulin. He must always carry glucose tablets and his test kit, and instead of driving through Dunkin' Doughnuts or McDonalds, brings his trusty lunch box with his food I've prepared for the day. The running he so loves has changed dramatically too. Running generally quickly causes his sugar to plummet, and because his carbs are restricted, his energy fades much faster.
Our lives are very much changed because of the Diabetes, and at first Guy was pretty bummed out. Then, after a few weeks, his true character broke through, and he's now using his Diabetes as a way of showing the kids with whom he works how he handles adversity in the form of his disease every single day. We are involving our daughter in his illness too, and Guy even plays "Guess Dad's Sugar Number" with her every evening as she watches him test his blood.
On October 14th, I am going to run the Shades of Death Half Marathon, in Allamuchy, NJ, in honor of my husband and how he's dealing with his Type 1 Diabetes. I once was a nationally ranked marathon runner and won marathons, half marathons and distance races all over the US plus Aruba and Puerto Rico. I qualified for the US Olympic Trials in the marathon and my personal best is a 2:49 with a PB in the half of 1:17. Though those are admirable accomplishments and ones of which I am very proud, I am a much better and well-rounded person now. I'm a bit scared to run this half marathon because I haven't raced in quite some time. I am doing it as a fund raiser for Type 1 Diabetes research (otherwise known as Juvenile Diabetes as it generally appears in children). I hope you will help me in this quest. Very truly, Laurie Gordon. If you want to donate, please e-mail me at LaurieGordonRun@aol.com and I will send you the information or call me at 973-271-6624.
About the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: JDRF is the worldwide leader in funding research to find better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and lasts a lifetime.
It sets the global agenda for type 1 diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder of and advocate for diabetes science worldwide.
To date, JDRF has funded more than $1.5 billion in diabetes research, including nearly $107 million in fiscal year 2010.
2010 CAMP- AN AMAZING WEEK!
Great job by all our campers who just completed the 11th annual X-TREME RUNNING CAMP.
All of you rocked and did a great job combating the heat and humidity. You did not let the elements defeat you.
The guest speakers were awesome. Marcus O'Sullivan telling us how he started out and what it took to make 4 Olympic Games. Tom Fleming, on Tuesday, talking about the high mileage that he put in to become one of America's top Marathoners. Therapist/Elite Masters Runner Janice Morra, on Wednesday, diplaying various core exercizes as well as form analaysis. Mike Mykatok on Thursday telling us that if you want to be the best runner possible, you should not be a multi sport athlete, but concentrate solely on running. The same day, former Morris Hills High standout and current Harvard Runner Shawn Poherence talk about getting the many benefits out of the sport and running with a smile on your face. Shawn is a great example of a runner who continues to look at the big picture, no matter the type of adversity he might be going thru. He has a great attitude! Our 3rd speaker on Thursday was Ramapo Track and Cross Country Coach Mike Jackson who gave some great tips for those looking to run at the College level. Friday was another outstanding day as Jersey girl and 2x Olympian Ann Marie Lauck gave a motivating talk about her love for the sport and the mindset it took to reach the level that she did. Friday also saw former Runners World Editor and elite Runner Mark Will Weber talk about how to attack both up and down hills. Camp concluded with the X-TREME 5K. Congrats to our Champs: Steven Lewendowski from Mountain Lakes in 16:25 and Collete Richter from Mountain Lakes in 18:35.
Great job by all and we will be rooting for each and every one of you this coming Cross Country Season. Feel free to e-mail or give us a call at 973-362-8006 if you need some X-TREME Motivation Guy and Laurie
Runners wowed by Olympic champion Peter Rono
By Laurie Gordon
There was Olympic gold in Newton last week when 1988 Olympic 1,500 meter champion, Peter Rono, of Kenya, spoke to over 70 runners at the Eighth Annual X-Treme Running Camp.
His message to the kids was that anything is possible with hard work and dedication. Rono urged them to listen to their coaches, teachers and mentors, respect their bodies and put in hard work not just with their running but with everything they strive to achieve in life.
Following his speech, Rono reached for a blue velvet box in his bag. When he opened it, mouths dropped as he revealed the gold medal he won at the Seoul Olympics. Rono then went one step further and let the middle and high school kids at the camp pass the medal around. “I want you to see it, hold it and touch it so you realize that one day you too could win one.” Rono left the kids with, “I believe that one day, one of you will win a gold, a silver or a bronze medal. Will it be you?”
X-Treme Running Camp attracts runners from all over the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York area. Camp is held at Swartswood State Park and consists of distance base building, guest speakers and speed and leg turn over drills.
Crystal Carlson, of West Milford, was back at camp for her third year. “This camp gets me going heading into my cross country season,” the 17-year-old said. Carlson will be a senior at West Milford High School and has her sights on hitting some personal best times this fall. The culmination of her goals would be to run in the coveted Meet of Champions which just happens to be on her birthday, November 17.
Another camper, Kittatinny Regional High School’s senior co-captain, Kylie McGlew, had one word for the medal: “Wow.”