Nike Cross Country Camp Elmhurst College Elmhurst, Illinois

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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: Prefontaine with post film commentary from Pat Tyson
  • Train trip into Chicago for running along Lake Michigan
  • Daily runs on crushed limestone paths
  • Specific training programs for all levels
  • Informative and inspirational guest speakers
  • Top notch local coaching
  • Open to ages 12-18
  • Nike Running Camp T-Shirt
  • Nike Running Camp certificate
Meet your coaching staff
Camp Director

Charlie Kern

Charlie Kern has been coaching since 1991.  He has coached conference, sectional, state and national championship teams.  Charlie coached at York HS for 10 years and continues to work with Kroy, the York post-season club cross-country team. 

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.


Pat Tyson

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. 


Bill Aris

Head cross country coach, Fayetteville-Manlius HS, 7 time girls Nike team national champion.

During his tenure, FM has won 7 national XC girls team titles (2006-12), as well as runner up in 2013. The FM boys best efforts have resulted in twice being team runner-up (2004, 2010), a third (2005), and a fourth (in 2013).  Overall, the combined boys and girls program has competed at every NXN national championship (10) since its inception in 2004. Additionally, his teams have won numerous New York State team and individual XC titles, as well as several NXN regional team and individual titles. Individually, both boys and girls represented FM at the footlocker individual national championships in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2006.

FM boys and girls track has also been successful over the years at the local, state, and national levels in winning numerous individual and relay championships and state titles, and medaling often over the past 2 decades.  Highlights have included Penn Relays victories in both the boys and girls Distance Medley Relay (DMR) “Championship of America” and the girls 4x800m relay (2nd to Jamaica) with the fastest US performance.  At national's for both indoor and outdoor track, his boys and girls have won or earned podium finishes in individual and relay races.


Bart Sessa

Bart Sessa has led Syosset HS (NY) since 1996 to 20 sectional championships (cross-country, indoor, outdoor track).  Since taking over the reigns, the Syosset boys teams have consistently finished amongst the top teams in New York.  With impressive individual school records of 1:50 (800m), 4:13 (1600m) and 8:59 (3200m), Syosset is also recognized nationally for consistently producing outstanding distance relay teams and once held the national indoor 3200m relay record (7:42.22).


Matt Paisley

Head Coach at ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.


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, 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).

Learn more about Nike Cross Country Camp Elmhurst College

2014 Camp Information

Overnight Campers

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.

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.

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

Session Information 

Check-in: between 11:00am-1:00pm on Wednesday, July 30th at the Frick Center.
Check-out: between 11:30am-12:15pm on Sunday, August 3rd from the dorms. 


Ratio: 1:10
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

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.

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Nike Cross Country Camp Elmhurst College Charlie Kern, Camp Director 190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126


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Camp Schedule & Fees

2015 camp dates and prices coming soon. Please bookmark this page or call 1-800-645-3226.

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