Meet the Staff
Here at Camp River Runners we are proud to offer some of the most knowledgeable staff in the country. From medical professionals to mental performance specialists, we are confident your young athlete will be well prepared heading into the next season strong, not only physically, but mentally healthy as well.
DR. MARK CUCUZZELLA
The Run Guru
Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is a Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is also a LtCol in the US Air Force designing programs to promote health and better fitness in the military with the USAF Efficient Running Project. (available on iphone format here) In military and civilian community he has been a tireless promoter of healthy movement, nutritional interventions in patients with any spectrum of the metabolic syndrome, and injury free training for running .
He’s also been a competitive runner for over 35 years — with more than 100 marathon and ultramarathon finishes — and continues to compete as a national-level Masters runner. He has won the Air Force Marathon twice and run a marathon under 3:00 for 29 straight years. He is the race director of Freedom’s Run race series in West Virginia and director of the Natural Running Center, an education portal designed to teach healthier running . Mark is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads — A Center for Natural Running and Walkingin his hometown of Shepherdstown, W.Va. Mark’s vision of a future of health is housed in his site www.drmarksdesk.com
Mark’s innovative work and story has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Outside Magazine, Running Times, Runners World, Air Force Times, the Washington Post, JAMA, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and other medical and media outlets.
Mental Health Performance
Meg Waldron has her MS in Sport Psychology and is a mental performance coach.
As a high school All American she ran the fastest 800m split for a high school girl in Penn Relays history. While teaching and coaching in Philadelphia, Meg's middle school teams medaled numerous times at Penn Relays, and she started a girls empowerment running program. Meg was also on the staff of Nike Running Camps for 20 years.
Joan, along with her husband Marc, are in their 5th year of coaching cross country and track at Loudoun Valley HS in Virginia. Joan has over 20 years experience in youth and high school coaching, including a stint at South Lakes HS, where she coached Alan Webb his 9th grade year. In addition to high school coaching, Joan and Marc founded a youth running team, NOVA Athletic Club, which serves younger athletes in Loudoun County.
Under the Hunters’ guidance, the Loudoun Valley boys XC team has won 4 consecutive state team titles, including this past 2018 season!! The boys also won for the second year, Nike Cross Nationals where they won the National Championship with the lowest team score in the event’s history. The Viking girls' won Virginia State Title in 2018.
Joan and Marc are parents to Drew Hunter, national indoor high school record holder in the mile, who now runs professionally for Adidas.
DR. SELINA SEKULIC
Sports Medicine and Elite Athlete
Dr. Selina Sekulic is a reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon, with a focus on sports medicine. She launched Final Kick Ankle and Foot Clinic in September 2017, and currently practices in Salt Lake City and Moab.
Selina received her undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University in 2007, and graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 2011. Her surgical Residency and Fellowship training took place at various hospitals around Salt Lake City from 2011-2014.
While at Wake Forest University, Selina earned NCAA All-American honors in Cross Country during her sophomore year. She was a Junior National Champion at the 3000m Steeplechase during her freshman year. With her success, she also sustained numerous foot and ankle injuries. These injuries sidelined her for the majority of her collegiate running career. Chronic pain and injuries sparked her interest for understanding and preventing foot and ankle injuries in athletes.
After a long hiatus, Selina started racing again three years ago. She has had success in the half marathon and marathon distances. She is currently training for middle distance events.
Katie Nolan Thompson has her BS in Exercise Science from James Madison University. An avid ultra runner and outdoor enthusiast, Katie has worked professionally as a Program Coordinator/ Director at a local outdoor education center to develop engaging curriculum for youth from all over the region. Currently the Race Director of Freedom’s Run and Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon, she is very excited to share her passion and enthusiasm of health and running at Camp River Runners.
Fascia and Mobility Specialist
Laura’s fitness journey began as a ballet dancer and Fitness instructor. She now has a Bachelors and Masters in Exercise Science- Rehabilitation and Performance Enhancement and has been working in the Exercise Science/Sports Medicine world for 16 years. Due to asthma, knee pain, and a low back injury, she was told I’d never be able to run or be athletic. After an arduous journey of research and diligent work, she can now run without pain. She has spent five years on Team USA’s Duathlon and Triathlon team competing internationally, several century bike rides for charity, done 12 marathons, 3 (about to be 4) Boston Marathons, podiumed in a few ultras, and continue to drop time and run pain free each year.
At her clinic, Fascia Lines, she does structural integration type work with a wide variety of clientele from post-surgical patients of all ages to professional athletes looking to remain injury free. She has a wholebody fascial approach to work on the underlying causes of the issues not just symptom management. The hardware (tissue work) is addressed, as well as, reprograming the soft ware (your brain) so that you can move better and live better forever!
Plant Powered Running
David Welch is a Frederick, Maryland based ultra runner and RRCA-certified coach. He works with athletes of all abilities at Plant Powered Running. David has completed over 30 ultra distance races, including six 100-mile races. He continues to be competitive as a masters runner, finishing top 10 in three races and second overall in the Beast Series in 2018.
David has a Ph.D. in Plant Developmental Cell Biology, a certificate in plant-based nutrition, and is the Director of Science and Technology for The Good Food Institute, an organization using science and innovation to create a healthy, humane, and sustainable food supply.
Health Wellness Coach
Suzy Munnis is a Personal Trainer/ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist for the past 20 years. She is currently working at Shepherd University Wellness Center. Suzy is also an American Red Cross Instructor, Trainer in Lifeguarding, and swim instructor. Suzy was the Head Coach for the Boys and Girls XC Jefferson High School Team from 2010-2016, and was named 2015 Boys WV XC Coach of the Year! Suzy is a talented runner and is excited to be heading to Boston this year after 41 years of running!