Nike Cross Country Camp of Champions Stanford University

Nike Cross Country Camp of Champions Stanford University
Nike Cross Country Camp of Champions Stanford University

The Nike Cross Country Camp at Stanford University is called the “Camp of Champions” for good reason - Stanford enjoys international recognition for its ability to turn talented young athletes into world-class runners.

The Camp of Champions offers campers the rare opportunity to experience first hand the life of a Stanford student-athlete. The beautiful Stanford campus and hills surrounding the University offer cross country runners miles of challenging and pristine trails. During each run, the campers are placed in small compatible groups based fitness and ability. Each running group is assigned an experienced counselor, for specialized training and individual attention.  Instruction is given by Stanford coaches & staff. 

Campers train at the Cobb Track and Angel Field as well as participate in choreographed runs through the beautiful Stanford campus.  Campers are also bused to nearby Huddart Park for longer distance runs. The forested slopes and steep cool canyons provide campers with a picturesque and challenging terrain to train on.

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  • Our camps are open to any and all entrants.
  • Any athlete who has sufficient preparatory education to be academically eligible to enter college in the fall following the camp date will not be permitted to attend the camp.
  • Drugs, alcohol and smoking are strictly prohibited and constitute grounds for immediate dismissal from camp.

Highlights Include

  • Back to back Track and Field & Cross Country Camps
  • Specific training programs for all skill levels
  • Nike Running Camp T-shirt
  • Knowledgeable & inspiring guest speakers
  • Open to Ages 12-18
  • 9:30am - 5:30pm daily
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Chris Miltenberg
Camp Director

Chris Miltenberg

Coach Miltenberg, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field and Cross Country welcomes all athletes to the 2015 Stanford Track and Field and Cross Country Camps of Champions! 

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As a third year director of the Stanford Track and Cross Country programs, Coach Miltenberg brings a wealth of experience to The Farm including having coached 39 All-Americans, multiple NCAA champions, as well as having been named the 2011 Coaches’ Association Women’s National Coach of the Year.

Along with a newly assembled and highly regarded coaching staff, Coach Miltenberg is excited to continue putting forth two of the best summer camp opportunities in the nation for high school aged athletes.  As a student-athlete, Coach Miltenberg himself was a two-time All-American and looks forward to continuing to build on the strong tradition of Stanford Track & Field and Cross Country.

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John Oliver
Coach

John Oliver

John Oliver, who works primarily with the men's distance runners, joined the cross country and track and field coaching staff in December 2012. In 2014, Stanford's men's...

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John Oliver, who works primarily with the men's distance runners, joined the cross country and track and field coaching staff in December 2012. In 2014, Stanford's men's cross country team finished second in the NCAA, the program's highest finish since 2003. The Cardinal's top five, led by Maksim Korolev in fourth, each earned All-America honors by placing among the top 40, and the entire top seven placed among the top 100. Korolev, who beat Oregon's Edward Cheserek to win the NCAA West Regional, was named West Region runner of the year.
 
In Oliver's first season, the Cardinal men won the 2013 NCAA West Region cross-country title and Jim Rosa earned his first All-America honor by placing fifth at nationals. Rosa was the top American-born runner at the NCAA Championships after finishing second at both the Pac-12 and West Region races.  In the 2014 track season, Stanford had men in every non-barrier distance final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. During the indoor season, the Cardinal captured the NCAA men's distance medley relay with the team of Marco Bertolotti, Steven Solomon, Luke Lefebure, and Michael Atchoo.  After the 2013-14 season, Stanford's combined cross country, and indoor and outdoor teams were rated as the No. 7 overall men's program in the country.  The St. Louis native ran cross country and track for North Central College in Naperville, Ill., under the legendary Al Carius. The Cardinals were an NCAA Division III power in cross country and track at that time. During Oliver's time there, North Central won 11 of a possible 12 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin team championships in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. The Cardinals also regularly contended for national cross-country titles.
 

Elizabeth DeBole
Assistant Coach

Elizabeth DeBole

Elizabeth Maloy DeBole is a four-time All-American at Georgetown and an Olympic trials finalist who assists with the women's distance runners. DeBole, who joined the Stanford staff in...

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Elizabeth Maloy DeBole is a four-time All-American at Georgetown and an Olympic trials finalist who assists with the women's distance runners. DeBole, who joined the Stanford staff in June, 2014, competed for Chris Miltenberg, Stanford's Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field, during her final year at Georgetown, in 2007-08. She continued to train under him for four years as a professional while also serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the Hoyas. In her first Stanford cross country season, the Cardinal women, with five true or redshirt freshmen, placed 14th at the NCAA Championships. This came after a runner-up Pac-12 finish and third place at the NCAA West Regionals. Freshman Elise Cranny was the Pac-12 runner-up and placed 12th at the NCAA's, the highest finish by any freshman and the best frosh placing for a Stanford runner since 1999. Cranny was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.  A three-year cross country and track and field team captain, DeBole was a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection and earned Big East Conference Scholar-Athlete honors. DeBole improved by more than a minute in the 5,000 meters under Miltenberg and placed seventh at the 2012 Olympic trials. She placed among the top 10 at five U.S. championship meets and ran a personal best of 15:15.27. The Loudonville, N.Y., native also had personal bests of 4:08.12 for 1,500 and 4:35.12 for the mile, finishing seventh at that distance at the 2008 NCAA indoor championships. However, her best running came as she developed under Miltenberg and, in 2012, she was ranked No. 8 in the 5,000 in the annual U.S. rankings by Track & Field News.

Camp Details

Stanford has earned a National Championship 19 times, including nine national team championships. Campers will meet and learn from Stanford’s impressive coaching staff that consistently produces NCAA All-Americans, national champions and Olympians. The camp counselors include current and former Stanford distance athletes who work with campers in small groups and offer their advice on training and racing as elite student athletes.

Throughout the week, training and instruction are provided in breakout sessions taught by Nike-sponsored guest athletes and coaches. Topics include a variety of subjects related to college and elite distance running such as training, racing, motivation, nutrition, and team bonding. A representative from the Stanford admissions office attends one session dedicated to the college recruiting process, offering valuable advice to the attendees. 

More Important Camp Details

SESSION INFORMATION

Check-in: 9:00AM
Check-out: Campers will be picked up each day at 5:30PM

INSTRUCTION

Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: ability, age and conditioning
Facility: Stanford track & campus. Campers are also bused to local national parks for trail running.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • Friday June 17th, 2016
  • 9:00am Check-in
  • 9:30 am Meet in stands for Introduction
  • 10:00 am Break off into groups - Games/Camp T-Shirt Distribution
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Guest Speaker
  • 2:30 pm Training Run
  • 5:30pm Camp Ends, campers are picked up from track
  • Saturday June 18th, 2016
  • 9:00 am Check-in
  • 9:30 am Group Training Run
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Guest Speaker
  • 2:30pm Training Sessions
  • 5:30pm Camp Ends, campers are picked up from track
  • Sunday June 19th, 2016
  • 9:00am Check-in
  • 9:30 am Run off campus
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Guest Speaker
  • 2:30pm Training Sessions
  • 5:30pm Camp Departure

Camper Reviews

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Immersed in the running culture

This was my first year of camp, and unfortunately it will be my last as I am going to be a senior this year. However, I wish I had started going earlier, as I learned so much about running and really got immersed in the running culture. I wanted to go so I could be the best runner and best captain I could be, and I feel that Stanford cross country camp gave me the skills to do that. I highly recommend it for runners of all levels! 

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Past Camper

  • 4/5.
Runners are challenged

The training runs are difficult. The runners are challenged, and taught many things they can use forever in their running career.

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Friendly staff

The coaches teach very well whether it may be involved with technique or any other questions you may have about cross country. The counselors were really helpful as well and super friendly. The workouts were intense and they seemed to help a lot.

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Best camp experience for any runner

Stanford cross country camp is by far the best camp experience for any runner. You meet many runners from across the world and you learn from them as they learn from you. The coaches are extremely helpful as well as the counselors. The insight provided throughout the camp was excellent whether it may be about running or the Stanford campus itself. I would highly recommend it! Have fun! 

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Very informative

This camp was great. Very informative on everything you need to know about Cross Country, and I would highly recommend it to anybody.

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Can't miss this opportunity!

Stanford "Camp of Champions" is an opportunity that you can't miss to meet other runners like you and train in a college setting. It gets you excited for the upcoming season!

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Become a better athlete

There are many opportunities kids are exposed to at this camp, especially at Stanford.  Camp helped me get one step farther to fulfilling my college/athletic dreams, and helped me become a better athlete overall.  I hope everyone who attends Stanford Running Camp(s) explores these opportunities to the max, and come home exhausted but smiling.

Parent of Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Staff were excellent role models

My young kids had great exposure to what it takes to be a premier runner.  The coaching staff and older kids were excellent examples for my kids. 

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Amazing campus

My experience at camp was really great! The campus was amazing and I can't wait to return.

Past Camper

  • 4/5.
Pushes Runners to the Next Level!

"Sets a high standard and pushes the runners to do things they weren't exactly sure they could before. Also has an excellent balance of activities and down time and keeps runners engaged and interested with a variety of activities."

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Exceptional Training

"The Nike CC Camp of Champions upholds exceptional training led by some of the fastest runners in the country, while providing advice and the information necessary to prepare a high school runner for a career as a collegiate athlete at any level."

Past Camper

  • 4/5.
Amazing Experience!

"The camp was an amazing experience to meet other runners just like you from all over the country and world! I cant wait to participate in the camp again."

Camper

  • 5/5.
Inspiring!

"This camp gave me a future to look forward to and a staff of inspiring people to look up to. There really isn't an experience like this out there for people passionate about this sport." 
 

Camper

  • 4/5.
High Quality

"These camps give athletes of all ability levels the chance to receive quality instruction from great runners and great coaches.  Terrific week."
 

Camper

  • 4/5.
Great!

"Provide good informational lectures for runners. They also are a great way to meet new people from all over the world that share a passion for running."

Camper

  • 5/5.
Well Organized

"Everything was very well organized which allotted for the right amount of free time. The staff, particularly the student athletes, and coaches were very friendly which made me feel at home. Also, I really enjoyed the speeches by the coaches, olympians, nutritionist, admissions officers, etc because the topics were very relevant. The way groups were established based on fitness was similarly appreciated. The best part of the cross country camp however, was how we got to run off campus and see the area, especially having come from very far away."

Parent of a Camper

  • 5/5.
Eye Opening

"As an incoming freshman, this camp really opened my son's eyes to the potential opportunities ahead of him. The exposure to high-level training is invaluable as he begins his high school years and the interaction with college athletes was truly inspiring. He loved every minute! Thank you so much - we'll be back next summer!"

Camper

  • 5/5.
Unforgettable

"Nike Cross Country Camp is a chance to meet people from all over the world who have a passion for running. You learn new drills, stretches, and you have a chance to ask the counselors, coaches, and guest speakers questions. This camp is so much fun and it leaves an impact on your life that you will never forget."

Parent of a Camper

  • 5/5.
Great Coaching

"My daughter was inspired and educated during her 5 days at the Nike Cross Country Camp of Champions at Stanford University. I loved the integration of the coach and team members with the campers. They clearly communicated their performance evaluations, strategies for improvement and specific goals to my child during the camp. When my daughter came home, she said, 'I wish that I had started going 3 years ago.'" 

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Take your training to a different level

This would definitely be a camp to go to if you want to take your training to a different level and have an excellent experience overall. The councilors are there to help each individual and there is opportunity to get as much out of the camp as you want. I would recommend this camp to any runner looking for a new experience with their training.

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Very professional

I went to the Stanford running camp this year because I wanted to have the opportunity to train with other runners who were as dedicated to the sport as I was.  Not only did the camp challenge me physically, but it also inspired me and gave me the mental tools to have a successful cross-country season.  Everything is run very professionally and the coaches/counselors are very positive, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the sport.  Out of all the camps I have attended, this has been the best one!

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Wish I had started going sooner!

The Nike Cross Country Camp was a lot more...intense than I expected it to be. I went into it thinking "I might not get as good workouts while I'm here as I do normally, but it'll be nice to run in new places." Was I ever wrong! We were placed into groups based on our skill level, so I was among 10-12 girls that were almost at my exact fitness level! Every workout was new, exciting, fun, and best of all, challenging! Not overly-rigorous, but certainly not the piece-of-cake jog that I thought we'd be doing. Additionally, the supplementary exercises, stretching, motivational speakers, and group activities made the camp unforgettable. I'd go back in a heartbeat - I wish I had started going sooner!

Parent of Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Left with a greater passion for the sport

Stanford Running Camp was an amazing experience for my daughter. She was one of the youngest and smallest, but was treated as if she were a star-athlete. The coaches were engaging, the lectures were informative, and she left with a greater passion for the sport, new friends, and positive role models. It's important for young kids to feel connected with hard work and dedication. My daughter CAN'T wait to go back next summer. Thanks NIKE/STANFORD!!

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Campus is amazing

Nike XC camp at Stanford is an awesome week of running, learning and meeting fellow runners from all over the country.  It is very well organized and the campus is amazing.

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Truly remarkable experience

Nike running camp at Stanford University was a wonderful experience and is essential to the development of any cross country runner. With the opportunity to meet many new people on runs and during other activities, Nike running camps provide you the opportunity to nurture friendships that can be drawn across the globe. At Nike running camps, you learn what it means to be a runner; the run isn't necessarily about winning, but rather, it's about advancing as an individual and striving to be the best YOUR best. Again, Nike running camps are truly remarkable experiences that every runner deserves. 

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Made new, like-minded friends

Nike running camp was great! I loved it! The coaching staff provided so much information and help. It was lovely to be able to run with our leaders and talk with them. I also made some new, like-minded friends that I still keep in contact with. 

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
No doubt, we will be back next year

Best experience ever! No doubt, we will be back next year. Fantastic coaches. Learned a tremendous amount from the informative staff. 

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Immersed in the running culture

This was my first year of camp, and unfortunately it will be my last as I am going to be a senior this year. However, I wish I had started going earlier, as I learned so much about running and really got immersed in the running culture. I wanted to go so I could be the best runner and best captain I could be, and I feel that Stanford cross country camp gave me the skills to do that. I highly recommend it for runners of all levels! 

Past Camper

  • 4/5.
Running is only half of the experience!

When you come to this camp, running is only half of it. The friends you make, the chance to be on the Stanford campus, to meet college runners, and so much more, is the other half. Both halves are great!

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Physical and mental side of running

Nike Cross Country Camps is a great camp for runners. They make sure the athletes are training in a group that is just their pace. This camp is a big help on the mental side of running as well. You will have fun here and improve. It's hard to think of any negatives at this camp. There really is no better way to start off your Cross country season or end your Track season. 

Parent of Past Camper

  • 5/5.
The mentor staff is outstanding

My son attended this outstanding camp at Stanford for cross country & track this summer. His performance and motivation has improved to a much higher level in sports and academics. The mentor staff is outstanding. Anthony will return for both camps next summer smile 

Past Camper

  • 4/5.
Demanding

The camp hired some great coaches this year: everyone I worked with was encouraging and willing to help me improve. The work outs were demanding and I was sore a lot, but it was definitely worth it. I learned a ton of new drills and tips to utilize in my upcoming seasons.

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Truly remarkable

Nike running camp at Stanford University was a wonderful experience and is essential to the development of any cross country runner. Nike running camps provide you the opportunity to nurture friendships that can be drawn across the globe. At Nike running camps, you learn what it means to be a runner; the run isn't necessarily about winning, but rather, it's about advancing as an individual and striving to be the best YOUR best. Again, Nike running camps are truly remarkable experiences that every runner deserves. 

Parent of Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Invaluable

This camp was an amazing experience for my son. The staff was knowledgeable, experienced, and very approachable. If your child is serious about running track this camp is invaluable. 

Past Camper

  • 4/5.
So much information

Nike running camp was great! i loved it! The coaching staff provided so much information and help. It was lovely to be able to run with our leaders and talk with them. I also made some new friends that I can say i am keeping in contact with. I actually met some people who are in my league.

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Fantastic coaches

Best experience ever. No doubt, we will be back next year. Fantastic coaches. Learned a lot. 

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
No better way to start your season

Nike Cross Country Camps is a great camp for runners. They make sure the athletes are training in a group that is just their pace. This camp is a big help on the mental side of running. You will have fun here and improve. It's hard to think of any negatives at this camp. There really is no better way to start off your Cross country season or end your Track season. 

Camp Dates & Prices

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For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.