The Grindstone Cross-Country Camp provides athletes with the chance to begin training and team-building in the summer to get a jump start on the season ahead. Workouts tailored to boost performance and build strength combined with nutritious meals designed for cross-country runners will prepare campers to make this their best season yet!
Runners will have access to Baldwin Wallace's full indoor and outdoor track facilities, as well as winding running trails through the picturesque outdoors.
During the duration of the camp, athletes will learn the dynamics of running: Our staff will cover various topics pertaining to general fitness to ensure runners are well-rounded and prepared for the season ahead.
Additional seminars include:
- Strength training
- Running technique
- Injury prevention
- Race tactics
- Sports psychology
Athletes will also take part in some fun cross-training and social activities, including volleyball, swimming, basketball, Frisbee and an ice cream social!
Registration is open to all high school athletes, and teams who book together receive a 10% discount. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in bringing your team!
What to Bring
- Running clothes and shoes
- Linens (sheets, pillow)
- Casual clothes and swimsuit
- Toiletries (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
- Snacks to refuel after and between workouts
- Paper and pen
- Spending money for soda, additional snacks, etc
- A fan (the dorms are not air-conditioned)
Coach Joseph Eby
Joe Eby is entering his third season as head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at Baldwin Wallace University in 2015-16. He came to BW after spending the past two years as the head cross country coach and distance coach at Sacramento State (Calif.) University.
In 2011-2012, Eby was a volunteer coach at Wichita State (Kan.) University where he coached Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton to multiple All-America honors in cross country and track. From 2009-2011, Eby was the head coach at McPherson (Kan.) College where he was named as the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year in 2011 and led student-athletes to NAIA national championships in eight events.
Eby graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Mount Union College in 2004. He earned a master’s degree in coaching from Indiana State University in 2006. Eby also has a Level II USATF coaches certification and is a USATF official.
As a collegiate athlete, Eby was a four-time Ohio Athletic Conference and Division III All-Ohio champion in the 800 and 1500 meter runs. He also was the All-Ohio champion in the mile run and a Division III All-American in the indoor 1500 meters in 2002.
Matt Anderson, Chef de Cuisine at Table 45
Matt, who will be overseeing meal preparation for all campers, is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and spent 10 years working in Washington, D.C. before arriving in Cleveland. He has worked as a Chef Partner at Umami Asian Kitchen, a Chef/Partner at Crop Kitchen, and currently serves as the Chef de Cuisine at Table 45, a cosmopolitan dining experience located at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Cleveland. Matt is an ultra runner and endurance athlete who has an excellent understanding of the nutritional requirements to best fuel young athletes.
Reggie Hodges, Pro Sports Performance
Reggie, a native of Illinois, retired from the NFL in 2011 after an eight-year career as a punter. During his prolific career, he played for multiple teams and ended his career with the Cleveland Browns. To this day, he holds an NFL record for the longest run by a punter with his 68 yard run in 2010 against the New Orleans Saints.
Reggie is certified through United States Weightlifting (USAW) and is a Club Coach for Olympic Weightlifting. He'll lead specialized strength/conditioning training sessions, as well as injury prevention seminars, to help all athletes achieve their fitness goals and prepare for the upcoming season!