Nike College Prospect Cross Country Camp at Elmhurst College

Nike College Prospect Cross Country Camp at Elmhurst College
Nike College Prospect Cross Country Camp at Elmhurst College

Conveniently located just 17 miles outside Chicago, Elmhurst College is an ideal location for summer training. Crushed limestone paths and grass running surfaces are within a short distance from campus. Campers will also have access to running on the Elmhurst College track and artificial turf soccer field.

Boys and girls ages 12-18 will learn the fundamentals necessary for efficient running. Drills to improve proper mechanics and form will be incorporated daily. A combination of distance and speed training will be utilized to help each runner prepare for his or her cross-country season. Mini clinics will be taught by staff and guest speakers to help campers learn applicable training theory, drills and functional core strength.

Highlights Include

  • Movie night
  • Train trip into Chicago for running along Lake Michigan
  • Two training runs each day
  • Specific training programs for all levels
  • Informative and inspirational guest speakers
  • Top notch local coaching
  • Open to ages 12-18
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  • Nike Running Camp certificate
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Charlie Kern
Camp Director

Charlie Kern

Charlie Kern has been coaching since 1991.  Charlie is currently the Head boys track coach and assistant cross country coach at York HS in Elmhurst, IL.  He has coached conference, sectional, state and national championship teams.  Charlie has coached at the club, middle school, high school, and junior college levels.

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In high school, Charlie was a Kinney (now Foot Locker) finalist in 1986 and the New York State 1600m outdoor champion in 1987.  Charlie went on to run collegiately for the University of Kentucky.  He was a member of the last UK cross-country team to win the SEC Championship in 1988.  Charlie has continued to run and has enjoyed success on the masters level, including a 1500m (masters 40) world championship in 2009.

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Eric Dettman

Eric is currently the assistant Cross Country coach at Lincoln HS in Portland Oregon.  Coach Dettman has been coaching cross country and track at Lincoln since 2012.  His most...

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Eric is currently the assistant Cross Country coach at Lincoln HS in Portland Oregon.  Coach Dettman has been coaching cross country and track at Lincoln since 2012.  His most recent success was guiding Josiah Longstaff to a 1:51.8 personal best and the Oregon state championship at the 800 meter run.  This past fall Coach Dettman helped guide the Lincoln Cardinals boys team to a second place finish in the Oregon State Cross Country Championships.  While competing for York HS in cross country and track, Coach Dettman earned all-state honor 7 times.  Coach Dettman believes that character development is as important as athletic development and will share his expertise in both areas 

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Matt Paisley

Matt Paisley is the Head Cross Country coach at ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, CO.  Coach Paisley has been coaching XC since 1993.  He's taught and coached at...

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Matt Paisley is the Head Cross Country coach at ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, CO.  Coach Paisley has been coaching XC since 1993.  He's taught and coached at TRHS since 2004.  He's coached numerous high school all-state and even collegiate all-american runners.  He was an assistant coach at Clear Creek High School (Idaho Springs, CO) during their 1998 3A girls state championship season.  He loves teaching history, mountain trail running, jiu-jitsu and making running sandals.  Coach Paisley is a believer of running for life, not just for a championship.  He lives in Castle Rock, CO with his wife and three teenage children.  

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Sean McNamara

Sean McNamara is a featured guest speaker at camp.  As a youth, he ran for York High School and University of Michigan.  Sean won three Illinois state championships for York HS,...

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Sean McNamara is a featured guest speaker at camp.  As a youth, he ran for York High School and University of Michigan.  Sean won three Illinois state championships for York HS, finished 12 at the 2004 Foot Locker Championships, and won the Nike Team Nationals individual title while leading York (KROY) to the inaugural team title.  Sean’s PRs are 4:03.35 (mile), 7:58.89 (3K) and 14:07.39 (5K).

Camp Details

Overnight Camp features several instructional sessions per day, three hot meals, and lodging in the College residence halls. An evening recreation program is also included. 

Extended Day Campers (9:00am-9:00pm) - Local campers have the option to commute to camp. This option offers the same features as the resident camp minus lodging. The commuter dropoff pick-up times as well as locations will be indicated in the camp itinerary.

More Important Camp Details

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Campers sleep in the dorms on the Elmhurst College campus.  There are two campers per room and boys and girls are housed on separate floors.

Round-the-clock Supervision

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every Nike Running Camp.  Staff members reside in the same dorm as the campers, and participate in all evening activities.

2016 Session Information 

Check-in: between 11:00am-1:00pm at the Frick Center.
Check-out: Graduation/Awards ceremony between 11:00am-12:15pm at the fields. Parents are invited! Check-out will immediately follow.  

Instruction

Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: skill, age, times and years of experience
Evaluation: verbally given by coaching staff
Facility:  Track and Trails

Housing

Dorm: will be assigned at check in
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms:  shared on floor
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: Yes
Key Deposit: $80 - check made to US Sports Camps
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: an athletic trainer is on-site and a hospital 2 miles from campus

Travel 

Nearest Airport:  Chicago O’Hare or Chicago Midway                                              
Transportation:  Not provided

Team Discount

If ten or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $25 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00am Wake up
  • 7:30am Morning run & core development
  • 8:30am Breakfast & free time
  • 10:00am Mini clinic
  • 11:00am Mini clinic
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm Mini clinic
  • 3:00pm Afternoon workout/run
  • 5:30pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Evening activities
  • 10:30pm Lights out

Camper Reviews

Elmhurst College Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Exposed me to new techniques

This camp really helped me with things my high school coaches didn't expose me to. I've noticed myself become a much better runner and competitor after working with Coach Kern at the Nike Running Camp

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Parent of Elmhurst College Camper '15

  • 4/5.
Loved it

This was my daughter’s first running camp and she loved it.  She learned so much from both coaching and staff.  She also made great friends that she has stayed in touch with.  She can't wait until next summer. 

Elmhurst College Camper '15

  • 5/5.
So much fun

This was 2nd year. I love it. Look forward to it all winter. Great running, great coaching, and so much fun. It's also good hard running!

Elmhurst College Camper '15

  • 4/5.
Friendly environment

Lots of fun, pushes you no matter what level you run at, learn more than anywhere else, friendly environment with all you can eat food

Elmhurst College Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Phenomenal experience!

This camp was awesome! All of the coaches were outstanding. Nike did a great job with gathering the staff. Everyone was friendly and fun, but they also challenged me to give my best effort. I feel as if I learned more in just a few days than I had in all my previous years of running combined. What a phenomenal experience! 

Elmhurst College Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Motivational

I would definitely recommend this camp to any runner who needs help with form or needs some motivation, or even just to run and have a good time. I learned a lot about training and how to improve my running.  

Elmhurst College Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Prepared for the upcoming season

I had a wonderful experience at camp. The days were filled with many fun activities that kept you going and learning. Going to the city was also a great experience with the group. I made new friends and feel much more prepared for the upcoming season. 

Elmhurst College Camper '14

  • 5/5.
One of the best camps I've ever attended

This is one of the best camps I've ever attended. Working hard and becoming a better runner is mixed with becoming a better person, meeting friends and having so much fun. 

Parent of Elmhurst College Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Entirely new attitude and outlook

My daughter is anticipating the upcoming cross country season with an entirely new attitude and outlook. It was a great camp!!

Camp Dates & Prices

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