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It was a summer to remember for seven South Florida high school student-athletes. Some climbed deep down into the Grand Canyon, watched the awesome tricks of a Cirque So Lei show in Las Vegas, were mesmerized by the colors and shapes inside of Antelope Canyon, and soaked up the Colorado River rapids via kayak and raft. While others experienced the once in a lifetime chance of watching the 2016 Olympic USA Track & Field Trials, ran the trails of Oregon made famous by Steve Prefontaine, and explored all of the famous tourist sites of Seattle, Washington.

It was all a part of the second year of Run Republic Running Camp – an adventure tour for high school students, which merges the concept of a traditional running camp with the modern, adventurous teen tours.

“We believe we have created a running camp experience unlike any other,” said Run Republic Running Camp co-founder Doug Horn. “At the core of Run Republic is running. But beyond that, we offer our participants mentorship, training, travel, adventure, friendship, education, fun and excitement. Our goal is to create memories, experiences and bonds during our trips...that go beyond running and truly will last a lifetime!”

Horn, who is the head coach of the Spanish River High School cross country and track teams, founded Run Republic Running Camp with his assistant coach Melissa Perlman. Both Horn and Perlman are accomplished mid- and long-distance runners who ran in high school and college and continue to compete today.

Highlights and pictures of the trips can be found on Run Republic's Facebook page.