A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT STOWE RUNNING CAMP 2020

Hello to Everyone Reading This,

This is camp director Fran Cusick. I have some unfortunate news regarding Stowe Running Camp 2020. I found out recently that the property where we have hosted Stowe Running Camp for decades, The Round Hearth, is going to be unable to accommodate us this year for camp. In effect, due to circumstances beyond our control, Stowe Running Camp 2020 will need to take place at a different location.  

This is not great news. The Round Hearth and the Stowe community have been a great host to our camp for decades. Though it was in some ways an unconventional spot for a running camp and many a camper has looked upon the building with skeptical eyes, in my view it provided us with exactly what we needed. 

I have spoken at length with the counselors and we are firmly committed to keeping Stowe Running Camp alive…that said, it is going to look a lot different. We are going to be in a new location, most likely not in Stowe and possibly not even in Vermont. We are going to need to rename the camp (I am happily accepting suggestions). We will need to find new running routes, new traditions, a new website, a new registration process. In short, it will be a lot of work. However, I believe very strongly in the value that this camp provides and I am not ready to give up on it anytime soon! I am confident that we will be able to find a new site and rebuild the camp to make it even better than before.

A few questions you may have:

Will it be held on the same dates?

Yes, I am committed to keeping the camp on the same dates, August 2nd to 7th 2020. There is a SLIGHT possibility that we would move it up a day, but it would 100% be in that date range. 

How much will the camp cost?

My plan is  to keep camp tuition at the same price as last year’s camp, which was 585 dollars. 

What locations are you looking at?

We are scouring New England as you read this to find the best spot. I hope to have this finalized within the next month. 

What if I have already signed up?

Your credit card was not charged. Once we get the new system up and running, you will need to register again. I know this is annoying and I’m sorry. 

I wish I could provide more clarity on this, but the truth is that I simply don’t know what this will look like. I only ask that you be patient and bear with us as we go through this transitional year. Last year, we had our highest turnout ever, with 86 campers. I would be very surprised if we got that many this year. However, for those of you who came and loved it, I hope you will consider coming back.The experience is undoubtedly going to be a little different, but I know we can make it work.

Please reach out to me via email at fcusick13@gmail.com with any questions. I will do my best to expedite this process and get some more solid plans in place within the next month to five weeks. 

Thanks for reading, long live Stowe Running Camp.

-Fran Cusick

 

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