What a place! Those were my exact thoughts when I arrived at ZAP Fitness Camp, just outside of Blowing Rock, NC on the afternoon of July 22. I was the invited speaker at one of five summer running camps they have for adults. Owners and facilitators Pete and Zika Rea are some of the nicest and most knowledgeable people you will meet when it comes to running!
ZAP Fitness was built with the focus of helping post collegiate runners continue their running by offering them a place to stay, train, work, and hopefully helping them to continue their desires to make National and Olympic teams.
They also have running camps for the everyday runners who are pursuing their running and trying to attain goals for themselves. Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, it is a true runners paradise! I gave my talk Tuesday evening to around 30 campers and we all had a wonderful time. Over the next couple of days I was able to run and spend time with the campers and it was great fun had by all!
Did I mention the food? Chef John does a great job providing all with wonderful meals and lots of it! Running on the nearby carriage trails in Moses Cone National Park is breathtaking!
For me it was a nice get away from the hot Texas heat! The weather there in Blowing Rock is warm during the day and great sleeping weather at night, what a great combination!
Thank you Pete and Zika and all the campers for making my stay such a wonderful one, I can't wait to get back in two weeks! It's my wife's birthday and I've been invited back to speak at their Marathon Prep Mini Camp, so I'm bringing her with me as a treat for both of us!