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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.

Summer 2015 Trip

Summer 2015 Trip

Nine of us from South Florida spent 10 amazing days in early June in Denver, Frisco, Vail, Breckenridge, Glenwood Springs, Moab, Zion, Park City and Salt Lake...and it was a summer to remember! 

When Doug and I first started brainstorming the Running Camp on the Run concept...I never thought it would become what it has! Our first trip, which was only opened to Spanish River High School athletes as a "test" was all-around awesome. 

Here is a brief recap:


  • Denver, Frisco, Vail & Breckenridge, CO: Running Camp with former Olympic Track Coach; Hiking; Touring; Snowshoeing; Disc Golf.
  • Glenwood Springs, CO: White Water Rafting; Kayaking. 
  • Moab & St. George, UT: Arches National Park; Zion National Park; The Narrows; Hiking.
  • Park City, UT: Utah Olympic Park; Frisbee; Alpine Slide & Coaster.

Roses & Thorns:

Doug, me and the kids recapped each day during the trip with the "Roses & Thorns" game, which requires you to share your favorite and worse part of the day. Following are some of the attendees' favorite memories from the trip:

  • Snowshoeing on the Loveland Pass in the middle of summer!
  • Kids and coaches falling in freezing cold water while kayaking!
  • Climbing the arches in Zion and Arches National Park!
  • Taking pictures in front of snowcapped mountains!
  • Hiking, hiking and more hiking!
  • Delicious breakfasts in the townhouse made by coaches!

Check out the smiles and experiences on our Run Republic Facebook page here