Nike Cross Country Camp Elmhurst College Elmhurst, Illinois
Conveniently located just 17 miles outside of Chicago, Elmhurst College provides the ideal suburban site the Nike Cross Country Camp with Coach Charlie Kern.
All Skills training is offered to boys and girls, ages 10-18. Athletes will master the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain valuable race experience. While group distance and speed training is emphasized, the program also covers individual attention, helping each runner succeed in an environment that fosters both athletic and character development. 24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Running Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Nike Running Camp T-Shirt
- Top notch local coaching
- Specific training programs for all levels
- Nike Running Camp certificate
- Open to ages 12-18
- Informative and inspirational guest speakers
- Train trip into Chicago for running along Lake Michigan
- Movie night: Prefontaine with post film commentary from Pat Tyson
- Daily runs on crushed limestone paths
Charlie Kern began his running career while playing tag in the neighborhood. Who would have dreamed he’d be afforded the opportunity to run in numerous state championships, earn an athletic scholarship to the University of Kentucky, race all over the country and continue to train and race beyond his college days?
He’s also achieved a life-long dream of racing in Europe at the age of 40 and winning the 40-44 World Master’s age group championship in the 1500m.
Charlie Kern began coaching in 1991 as an assistant cross-country coach at his former high school. His goal was to help his former coach and run with the current batch of high school athletes. Little did he know that this very short (two months) season would ignite a passion for helping others achieve their dreams. He has applied the positive attributes from his many coaches and mentors to create a philosophy of running that can be instilled into athletes of all ages. Charlie Kern can teach you how to run more efficiently and train at a variety of speeds to make running a more enjoyable experience.
Charlie has coached boys and girls at the middle school, high school and junior college level. He has worked with adults who have had zero running experience to the athlete who is national class. He has coached the athlete who wants to improve his 40-yard dash time to the athlete who wants to set her personal best in the Boston Marathon. He has worked with the serious track athlete and the national class triathlete. Charlie has worked with athletes in individual as well as group settings.
Charlie has spoken at numerous functions addressing coaching methodology, making good choices, achieving your dreams, building a team and pursuing excellence.
Charlie has been a certified teacher in Illinois since 1993. He has taught in the Oak Brook school system, St Joseph’s High School in Westchester, Plainfield High School in Plainfield and York High School in Elmhurst.
Recognized as one of the most successful cross country coaches in the United States, Pat Tyson currently serves as head cross country and track and field coach at Gonzaga University, a position he has held since 2008. Before accepting his position with Gonzaga, Tyson held similar positions at the University of Oregon and University of Kentucky and spent 20 years at Mead High School in Washington State while developing it into a distance running powerhouse.
During Tyson's time of coaching at Mead, the Harriers achieved an impressive record of 180-8 in one of the toughest dual-meet leagues in the nation. Reaching state competition 18 consecutive years to win 12 state titles, they never placed worse than third. During that time, the Harriers had a nine-year streak when they never lost a competition. In his last three years at Mead, Tyson's teams placed third, fourth, and fifth at the Nike Team National Championships held in Portland, Oregon.
For his remarkable work with the Mead Harriers, Tyson has been named Washington State Coach of the Year multiple times. He was nominated for National High School Coach of the Year when his Mead teams were ranked No. 1 by Harrier magazine. Tyson has produced nine Washington State prep champions and nine Foot Locker Cross Country Championship finalists. Several of his runners have placed on the All-Time Top 100 List for the state of Washington. Additionally, Tyson worked with the 2008 U.S. Olympic team during trials.
As a competitive athlete, Tyson ran cross country and track at the University of Oregon, where he competed in three NCAA Cross Country Championships and helped lead Oregon to first, second and third-place finishes.
Track and cross country coach at Syosset HS, NY, highlights include the boys national indoor hs 4x800m relay record.
Head cross country coach, Fayetteville-Manlius HS, 7 time girls Nike team national champion.
2014 Camp Information
Overnight Campers: Features several instructional sessions per day, swimming, three hot meals , and lodging in University residence halls. An evening recreation program is also included.
Extended Day Campers (8:00am-8:00pm): 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.
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
Players Grouped by: skill, age, times and years of experience
Evaluation: verbally given by coaching staff
Facility: Track and Trails
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 made to Elmhurst College
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: an athletic trainer is on-site and a hospital 2 miles from campus
Nearest Airport: Chicago O’Hare or Chicago Midway
Transportation: Not provided
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.Read camper reviews