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ABOUT PROJECT GOLD

FLAGSTAFF, AZ

MILES OF TRAILS / ELEVATION 7,000 ft

 

DRIVE. GRIT. EXCELLENCE

REQUIRED:

THE LOVE OF RUNNING

Project Gold campers come from  all over the country. Project Gold's vision is to bring runners together to help them achieve their personal best and support one another. Our mission is to help every runner realize and understand the steps it takes to reach their own personal 'gold'. 

All of our counselors and coaches are runners too, and understand what it takes to provide the support each runner needs.  Each of our campers get the opportunity to learn from notorious coach— Tom Schwartz, head coach of Tinman Elite. Our counselors are division one collegiate runners as well.

Project Gold Running Camp is located at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff is widely regarded as the best place for distance runners to train in the country. Located in the world’s largest contiguous pine forest with over 64 trails and views of the San Fransisco peaks makes it a runner’s paradise. Flagstaff is situated at 7,000 feet above sea level and about 145 miles from Phoenix, AZ. 

 
YOUR CAMP 
EXPERIENCE INCLUDES

ROOM & BOARD

Shared room + 3 meals a day 

COOL STUFF

Camp t-shirt

Goodies from sponsors


DAILY LECTURES

Nutrition, sleep, workout, transitioning from high school to college teams,

sports psychology (visualization and empowering techniques)

 


WORKOUTS
Running, strength, stretching
 

NON-COMPETITIVE FUN

Relays and games, including sand volleyball, basketball, an adventure course,

hiking, swimming, tie-dye 

 

LAST NIGHT CEREMONIES

Awards night and party

MEET OUR STAFF
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CAMP DIRECTOR, FOUNDER

MEGAN
PING
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CAMP DIRECTOR, FOUNDER

RYAN
PING
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HEAD COACH

TOM 
SCHWARTZ

Megan Ping, camp director and lifelong runner,  is a chiropractor with a strong emphasis in sports and nutrition.  She was a collegiate runner at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  Her passion lies in helping others achieve their greatest success.  At Project Gold, she helps to organize events and speakers, and teaches on the subjects of nutrition and supplementation, including vitamin D, iron, ferritin, and the female menstrual/hormone cycle. Some of Megan’s recent PRs are marathon time 3:01 and 5K time 17:58.  

Ryan Ping, camp director, speaker and lifelong runner.  Ryan grew up downhill ski racing and playing club soccer but quickly found his love for running after getting married to Megan in 2002.  Ryan is a partner at Edward Jones where he specializes in goal setting, visualization, and planning.  He brings his skills and passion for running as a speaker at camp.  He motivates runners in goal-setting sessions with an emphasis on keeping the dream alive, even through the struggles. Some of Ryan’s PRs include marathon time 2:48 and 5k 16:01.

Since 1989, Tom "Tinman" Schwartz has been coaching elite open and high school runners across the USA. He started at the collegiate level as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, while  serving as a graduate assistant for the dept. of Exercise Science. In the early 90’s he coached at Concordia University—Chicago, by the mid- 90’s he started coaching independently, and at present he coaches 25 elite runners. Last year Tom coached four national champions and one team champion—winning the USATF Club Cross-Country Championships for the second year in a row.

 
 
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IMPORTANT CAMP STATS

CAMP

1 WEEK
July 25-31, 2022

LOCATION

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA
Northern Arizona University

DEADLINES

REGISTRATION 
open for 2022
 

FEES

$1,115

Before March 31, 2022
$1,215

After March 31, 2022
Co-ed
Grades 7-12
7000 ft. above sea level
64 trails, stunning mountains
Payment, permissions,
and conduct forms.
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Meg & Ryan Ping

Projectgoldrunning@gmail.com

(507) 313-4414

Thank you!