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The Best Running Camps: Zap Fitness, North Carolina

I want to get in shape for the fall marathon season. What are the best adult running camps in the U.S.?

Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge Mountains     Photo: JSmithPhoto/Flickr

A:Located a mile high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Zap Fitness training center was created in 2001 as an incubator for elite distance runners. But come summer, the organization also opens its doors (and the surrounding grounds) to adult runners of all abilities who want to master the mental aspects of running challenging races. Its coaching staff is a who’s who of American running history; this year, legendary marathoners Bill Rodgers and Dick Beardsley are on the teaching roster (mini camps $525; full-week camps $750).

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