Camp Casey Holds Special Meaning for Elite Runner

Camp Casey Holds Special Meaning for Elite Runner

Where were you on 9/11? Seattle Pacific University track and cross country runner Ruth Perkins was on the bluff at Camp Casey, finishing a run at training camp.

“Now every time I think of that day, I remember us huddled around a radio in the van, listening to the news in disbelief,” she said. “Camp Casey is a special place and holds almost a spiritual meaning for me.”

A nationally ranked elite runner since 2010, she earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from SPU in 2003, became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2006, and was USA Track and Field Level 1-certified in 2013. She’s even qualified twice for the Olympic Team Trials. But her true passion is coaching.

“I started my company, Perkins Coaching, in 2014 because I couldn’t find the right resources to train when I was looking for a coach who would not just take someone from couch to 5K, but who could actually take an athlete from good, to better, to best,” she said. “I wanted to become a coach for already established runners who wanted to get faster and become more competitive.”

Remembering what a special place Camp Casey is, she organized the first private camp as a celebration for her clients in May 2019. Experts on overcoming physical and mental challenges, as well as massage, yoga, and nutrition were included.

According to Perkins, the setting, lodging, and meals were ideal. In fact, the food was so amazing participants were even asking for recipes to prepare later at home. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 camp has been postponed, but plans are underway for spring 2021.

Camp Casey Conference Center is the perfect location for an inspiring group getaway to Whidbey Island, Washington. Ideal for sports camps, church groups, outdoor education camps, summer camps, and other nonprofit endeavors, Camp Casey provides overnight accommodations and food service for groups large and small. Explore our group lodging packages and start planning your next group retreat today!