Mark Cucuzzella


Dr. Mark's Desk

Mark Cucuzzella - USAF

Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella is a Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is designing programs to promote healthier and better running in the military with the USAF Efficient Running Project. Mark has presented running workshops on over 50 military bases in the last 10 years and continues to teach through Healthy Running. You can view modules on here.

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. 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 Walking in his hometown of Ranson, W.Va.

Mark Cucuzzella - Healthy Running

Healthy Running (now HealthFitU ) is the premier provider of continuing health education for medical professionals, fitness professionals, coaches, trainers and athletes in the active living space. Our professors are leaders in sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, nutrition, training methods, injury evaluation and cutting edge treatments. All staff are practicing clinicians, therapists or researchers, and  champion athletes and coaches.


Healthy Running courses are a balance of lectures, clinics, case studies, and practical sessions.  We provide CMEs and CEUs for medical and fitness professionals.


Dr. Mark is working with SteadyMD to offer the world's first primary care practice, fully online, just for runners.

Mark Cucuzzella - Natural Running Center
Mark Cucuzzella - Natural Running Center

The Natural Running Center is a comprehensive resource of information and education for runners. This website objectively disseminate information, bring other like-minded individuals into the fold, and avoids the distraction of mind-draining dogma and reckless bias.



Articles and Materials that can be found are:

  • Articles from Dr. Mark's Desk

  • Shoe Reviews​​

  • e-books

  • Training and Racing Material

  • Video's and Podcast

  • Information on Health and Diet​

  • Blog's from other Experts in the field of Natural Running

The Nation's First Minimalist Shoe Store
Our Store

Visit us online, or in Ranson. We offer products and provide education to assist the transition toward, or the maintenance of, natural and efficient running and walking form. We offer group runs, running clinics, and education.


400 S. Mildred St.  

Ranson WV 




Mark Cucuzzella - Two Rivers Treads
Local Natural Running
  • Clinics & Group Runs

  • Training Programs

  • Events & Races

  • RunMed

  • Press Room

  • Testimonials

  • Calendar

Dr. Marks Running School
  • Natural Running Form

  • Stability & Mobility

  • Endurance Engine

  • Healthy Fuel

  • Footwear Essentials

  • Race Day Magic

  • Fun Drills

  • Kids Stuff

  • Transitioning

  • Books & Links

  • Be Injury Free!

  • Schedules/Tools

Mark Cucuzzella - Freedom's Run
Mark Cucuzzella - Freedom's Run

Join us for the 10th Annual Harpers Ferry Half Marathon on May 2019 and the 10th Freedom’s Run October 6  2018 in Shepherdstown, WV

Celebrate History, Community Health, and the Soul of Running. Recognized by Runner’s World as a top 25 half marathon writing, “…this small, much-loved event [is] moving, fun, inspiring, and tough.” Select from a variety races: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, Kids Fun Run.

Mark Cucuzzella - Nature Prescriptions
Nature Prescriptions
Eat Real Food; Go Outside and Play!

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being and not merely the absence of disease” World Health Organization


Poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and living in an indoor manufactured environment contribute to obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, and many other illnesses where we are now just discovering the links.  Many people end up taking prescription medications for these chronic conditions.  It does not need to be this way.


We will focus on the prescription of nature as a way to maintain your health.  We want to provide you with the tools to help improve your health and your family’s health, by being active in nature and including fresh, local, whole foods in your diet.  This site will also provide information on regional parks and trails that provide great outdoor activities to escape today’s busy life.  A walk down some of these beautiful trails is just what the doctor and park ranger ordered. Not only is it an enjoyable experience, but it helps improve your health, and keeps you alive and well. So get out, get active, and make your feet your friends.


Learn to enjoy a healthy life through Whole Foods, Movement, and Nature!

Mark Cucuzzella - Two Rivers Treads
Mark Cucuzzella - National Park Service
Mark Cucuzzella - Freedom's Run
Mark Cucuzzella - West Virginia University
Mark Cucuzzella - Nature Prescriptions
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