CAMP DIRECTOR RICH FURST
Five-Star Cross Country Camp is proud to welcome back coach Rich Furst and his "attitude is everything" philosophy for his third year as director. His Warwick Valley (NY) High School Girl Harriers have won 14 Orange County championships, including a streak of 11 in a row. His 2007 team averaged history's fastest 1-5 time on the Bear Mountain course at 18:22.8. He's coached two NY State and one Footlocker national champion.
Furst has coached 25 All-Americans and nine national track champions. Footlocker National 2004 Champion Aislinn Ryan posted indoor times of 9:36.26 (3,000), 10:25.63 (2-mile), and 4:49.82 (mile). Outdoors, Ryan ran 9:38.62 (3,000) and 10:16.85 (2-mile). Without Ryan, WV set a national Distance Medley record while also winning the 4x800 at the 2008 Nike Outdoor Nationals with a time of 11:31.81 and was voted team of the decade by ESPN and Dyestat.com
"When everyone dedicates their best for their team," says Furst, "they help to create something that is bigger than themselves and everyone prospers."
2010 GUEST SPEAKER LINEUP
Bryan Kovalsky — A long time Five-Star camper and counselor, Bryan moves to opening night this year. He was a standout runner at University of Pennsylvania and Iona and has experienced considerable marathon success after college. He teaches at Ridgefield (CT) High School.
Dick Beardsley — He lost the 1982 Boston Marathon by two seconds to Alberto Salazar, but he's won the hearts of Five-Star Campers for many years. Those who saw the entire camp audience burst out of its seats to give "Beards" a standing ovation after a 2008 talk will never forget it. We welcome him back. Bryan Kovalsky - A long time Five-Star camper and counselor, Bryan moves to opening night this year. He was a standout runner at University of Pennsylvania and Iona and has experienced considerable marathon success after college. He teaches at Ridgefield (CT) High School.
Tom Cuffe — Back by popular demand, Tom Cuffe brings his enthusiams and zest for running, training and life to Five Star in 2010. As the head Cross Country Coach at Farrell High School in New York, Tom Cuffe has produced more than 48 All- Americans. This will be is 14th appearance at Five Star.
Suzy Favor Hamilton — Suzy Favor Hamilton was born and raised in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She won 11 state titles in high school and was named one of the top 100 high school athletes of the century. Suzy became the winningest female collegiate athlete ever at University of Wisconsin, winning nine NCAA championships, the Honda Broderick Cup as the nation's top female collegiate athlete and Big Ten Athlete of the Decade for the '90s. Suzy is a three-time Olympian and the holder of seven U.S. National Championships, and she has run sub-4 in the 1500m five times, with a personal best of 3:57.40. Suzy now lives, runs and enjoys life with her family in Madison, Wisconsin.