Nike Cross Country Camp Oberlin College Oberlin, Ohio

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Located 25 miles southwest of Cleveland in the small town of about 8,600 residents, Oberlin College is the ideal setting for young runners to experience first hand what it feels like to be a collegiate athlete. Campers train in one of the best college towns in the state of Ohio and receive comprehensive running instruction from an enthusiastic and experienced Oberlin coaching staff. Oberlin College is an integral part of the city of Oberlin and we are thrilled to be a part of it once again this summer.

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.

Highlights Include

  • Nike Running Camp T-shirt
  • Lunch is included for Day Campers
  • Training under college level coaches
  • Post-camp goal setting and training tools
  • Guest speakers and nutrition guidelines
  • Camp open to ages 10-18
  • Video analysis

Campers train at Oberlin College’s new Bob Kahn Track and Fred Shults Field. Completed in fall 2008, Bob Kahn Track is an eight-lane, Beynon, single-pour surface, similar to the track at historic Hayward Field. We will also do some runs on the adjacent Oberlin College Nature Trail – a fast, wood chip trail that starts just a few hundred meters from the track.

Meet your coaching staff
Camp Director

Ray Appenheimer

• In his time at Oberlin College, his athletes have
garnered 88 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, 273 All-Conference awards, 28 All Great Lakes Region selections, and 113 school records. He has coached 14 national qualifiers, 4 All Americans and 34 Academic All-American selections.
• Four time coach of the year for the North Coast Athletic Conference
• Coached with the Nike Farm Team in Palo Alto, CA from 2002 to 2004, working with numerous Olympic trial qualifiers from 800 to 10,000 meters.
• Coach Appenheimer was a five-time All American, two-time national champion, 1999 World Cross Country Team member and 2000 Olympic trials qualifier at 5000 meters with a lifetime best of 13:28.99.

Learn more about Nike Cross Country Camp Oberlin College

2014 Camp Information 

The Nike Cross-Country Camp at Oberlin College helps athletes of all abilities develop the skill set they need to compete at the highest level. Camp emphasizes teaching the fundamentals of cross-country running, with the overall goal of developing good habits that lead to even better results. The staff at Oberlin has had considerable success developing young men and women into competitive athletes, and we bring the same principles to our campers. We also emphasize teaching and the quality of campers’ experience. We want to provide a fun, engaging environment that helps foster a love of running, a sense of community among campers, and a springboard for a successful fall cross country season.

Campers can expect the following line of Guest Speakers:

  • Arabian Whitman, XC and TF Coach at Magnificat High School, Rocky River, OH
  • Mike Gallagher, XC Coach at St Ignatius HS, Cleveland, OH
  • Chuck Lynch, XC Coach at Elyria Catholic HS, Elyra, OH 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00am Wake up
  • 7:15am - 8:15am Breakfast
  • 9:00am - 9:45am Guest speakers & announcements
  • 10:00am Head out to first run
  • 12:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm Rest & video analysis
  • 2:15-3:45pm Breakout sessions
  • 4:00pm Pacing practice
  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm Recreational activities
  • 10:00pm Curfew & room check
  • 10:30pm Lights out - quiet hours begin


Check-in: Sunday, July 20th between 1:00-3:00pm at the Conference Services Stevenson Office 
Check-out: Graduation is on Thursday, July 24th from 10:00am-12:00pm from Kahn Track followed by check out for overnight campers from Burton Hall.

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Running Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.


Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: age, ability and event
Facility: The Bob Kahn Track & Fried Shults Field.


Dorm: Burton Hall 
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so no later than 14 days before the start of camp. After that, the request cannot be guaranteed.
Bathrooms: on every floor
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: no, fan recommended
Key Deposit: $40, please bring check made payable to USSC
Spending Money: $40, please do NOT bring a pre-written check 
Medical Facility:  an athletic trainer is on-site and a doctor is on-call for emergencies


Closest Airport: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
Transportation: Not provided. 

Read camper reviews

Oberlin College Camper

  • 5/5.
Best camp experience

"It was the best experience I ever had in a summer camp I will be back next year and I hope I can bring some of my friends with me to get the same experience that I got."

Oberlin College Camper

  • 5/5.
Camp will push you

"If you want a camp that will push you and help you realize parts of running you didn't realize where parts of running, these camps are for you."

Oberlin College Camper

  • 5/5.
Get back into shape

"For those looking to "step up their game" or just get back into shape before pre-season practice starts, I would say DO IT!"

Oberlin College Camper

  • 5/5.
Excellent program

"Excellent program with variety in training, and after training entertainment."

Oberlin College Camper

  • 5/5.
Be back next year!

"Nike running camps are something I've done the past two summers and I most definitely will be back next year!"

Parent of Oberlin College camper

  • 5/5.
Great experience

"My younger beginner and older intermediate both had a great experience.  Camp started out more serious and ended up with fun running games.  Both felt like they got a lot out of the camp."

Parent of Oberlin College camper

  • 5/5.

"My child has come home from camp so motivated to continue applying what she had learned from camp. She has continued the exercises taught to her at camp and is so excited for the upcoming cross country season. The video was also very helpful and she is working on making changes to her running style. Thank you Nike and Coach Appenheimer."

Parent of Camper

  • 5/5.
Coming Back Next Year!

"My son came home with a huge smile on his face. He had a great time making new friends and learning some valuable running techniques. He will definitely be back next year!" 

Past Camper

  • 4/5.
Informative Experience

"If you are yearning for outside opinions on your ability, new workouts to improve your times and an opportunity to meet other motivated runners, a Nike camp would be beneficial for you to attend."

Parent of Camper

  • 5/5.
Worthwhile Investment

"I felt it was worthwhile investment. My daughter came back more excited about the sport of running. She was so happy that she got excellent coaching, but was able to make new friends and have fun too!"


  • 5/5.
Fantastic Staff

"They coach really well! Nike Running Camps is a great experience for kids who LOVE to run!"

Parent of Camper

  • 4/5.
Great Experience!

"My son had a great experience at the camp. He is already looking forward to next year. Thank you for the time and energy you put into the camp."


  • 4/5.

"If you're a runner this camp is perfect for you. It’s fun, hard, and really improves you."


  • 4/5.

"I loved this camp, it was amazing. I had so much fun and made some awesome friends."


  • 5/5.
Loved Everything!

"Hard, perfect cross country workouts with resting time at dorms in-between. Counselors were easy to talk to and very helpful. Freedom to walk to shops in town during free time was great! Loved everybody and everything at camp!"


  • 4/5.
Take it to the Next Level!

"I would recommend this to any runner who would want to move on to the next level."

Parent of Camper

  • 4/5.
Great Guest Speakers

"My daughter liked the guest speakers and the video of her running mechanics. She also enjoyed the diversity of the runs."

Oberlin College Camper

  • 5/5.
Scenic Trails

The camp in Oberlin, OH was incredibly fun! I met a lot of fun people and we ran on beautiful, scenic trails!

Oberlin College Camper

  • 5/5.
Cant wait to go next year!

I loved the camp and the instructors.  I met a lot of wonderful people.  I would recommend the Nike camp to everyone and I can't wait to go next year.  

Parent of Oberlin College Camper

  • 4/5.
Felt Right at Home

Even though there were not many 10 year olds, the staff and other campers made my son feel right at home. He was able to do all activities and enjoyed all the running. This was his first time and now he's ready to go back. As a parent there is nothing better then seeing your children smile and happy.

Oberlin College Camper

  • 5/5.
Incredible environment

This is camp is perfect for a runner who has been keeping up with summer training or is looking for a way to get back into training for the upcoming season. The entire coaching staff really cares about running, and create an incredible environment for others who are passionate about running.

Oberlin College Camper

  • 5/5.
Loved the Diversity of Activities

Excellent head coach and additional speakers/trainers. Loved the diversity of activities, education along with training and fun. 

Oberlin College Camper

  • 4/5.
Excellent Director

Good strengthening workouts (core workouts,etc) and quality miles along with improving running form. The camp director was excellent as well as the additional speakers/trainers. 

Nike Cross Country Camp Oberlin College Ray Appenheimer, Camp Director Oberlin, Ohio
Nike Cross Country Camp Oberlin College
  • 5/5.
23 Reviews

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