Nike Cross Country Camp UC Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, California
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The Nike Cross Country Camp at UC Santa Cruz gives high school distance runners the chance to learn and run in one of the finest and most picturesque training environments on the West Coast.
UC Santa Cruz is located just 35 miles from San Jose, on a beautiful coastal campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and surrounded by gorgeous views and towering redwoods.
Campers stay and eat on campus at UCSC facilities. Runs will take place on campus, utilizing some of the over 20 miles of off-road trails, or just 5 minutes off campus at the beach! Our Camp is designed to teach you the fundamentals of cross country, and prepare you for your upcoming fall season. The emphasis will be on providing a fun-filled week of learning and training.
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
- Camp completion certificate
- Training by top-notch college coaches
- Trail & beach running
- For boys and girls ages 12-18
Adam’s passion for running has stayed with him throughout a successful high school and collegiate running career, an NCAA coaching career, post-collegiate coaching, and as a running store owner. A Northern California native, Adam graduated from Pioneer HS in 1997. While at Pioneer, Boothe was a CCS Champion and two-time cross country state championships qualifier.
From there he went on to Cal Poly SLO, and was back-to-back Big West Conference Champion and an NCAA DI National Qualifier. At Cal Poly, Adam ran for Mark Conover, 1988 Olympic Marathon Trials Champion. From 2003-2010, Adam was head coach of the Women’s Cross Country team at UC Santa Cruz. During his time at UCSC, Boothe coached 6 All Region runners, and 3 NCAA National Qualifiers. In 2009, Boothe co-founded Santa Cruz Endurance, a running and triathlon club in Northern California.
In 2010, Adam went on to Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. In just his 1st year as head coach, the WSU Warriors Women’s Cross Country team achieved their first ever NCAA Top 25 ranking, and went on the finish 9th at the 2012 NCAA DII National Championships- including 2 NCAA All Americans, and 6 NCAA All Region Finalists. In addition to coaching, Adam received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and taught courses in the Physical Education Department while at WSU. Adam was also directed Nike Running Camps for two years in Winona before returning west. He currently resides in the Rocky Mountains just above Boulder, CO.
Aaron Jacobsen has directed the cross country and track programs at UC Santa Cruz since 2010. In that time he has expanded the program from women's cross country only to include men's cross country in 2011, and women's track in 2013.
Since 2010, the women's program has produced eight All-Region Award performers, two NCAA Championship individual qualifiers, and three West Region top-10 team performances. Just three years after reviving the long dormant men's cross country program, the team finished 6th at the 2013 West Region Championship. The have men have also produced three All-Region Award performances and one NCAA Championship individual qualifier.
A Santa Cruz native, Jacobsen competed for UC Irvine while completing his B.A. in Political Science. He was a Big West Conference Scholar Athlete and member of the 2002 NCAA West Region All-Academic Team. Jacobsen holds a master's degree in kinesiology and is a former kinesiology lecturer at San Jose State University.
2014 Camp Information
Nike Cross Country Camp at UC Santa Cruz is open to any ability level, from beginners to state champion runners. The only requirement is the desire to have fun, and be the best you can be!
Morning practices will focus on the actual running. Harder workouts will be during the morning sessions. Our coaches will explain to the athletes the benefits of each workout, and how they combine to help you maximize your potential. The workouts do not take the place of your high school or club program, it instead should raise your awareness to what it means to be a “complete runner.” The afternoon practices are more like “active clinics” In the afternoon we’ll teach race strategies, proper form drills, warmup & warmdown routines, strength training, and plyometrics. The athlete that leaves our camp will have a full understanding of the importance of all aspects of training, and what it means to be the “total runner.” You get to train in a highly motivational, beautiful environment with great coaches, collegiate runners as counselors, and with all the great runners with you at camp.
Each day you will attend two running clinics covering a variety of topics that will both educate and motivate you to take your running to the next level. You will learn the fundamentals of proper distance running training including- the importance of proper nutrition, visualization techniques, goal setting, race techniques, flexibility, and recovery. NCAA Collegiate coaches will discuss what it takes to put together championship teams, and how you can use these same ideas to improve your team back home. Optional Advanced clinics are presented each afternoon to raise your running knowledge, and love for the sport.
What's included in the fee?
Overnight Campers: Professional coaching and instruction on grass fields, all meals, on-campus housing, supervision and evening activities.
Extended Day Campers (varies with location) 9am-9pm: Professional coaching and instruction, lunch, dinner and evening activities.
24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Running Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake up & breakfast
- 8:30am Morning clinic
- 9:30am Morning practice
- 10:30am Open recreation
- 12:30pm Lunch
- 1:30pm Open recreation
- 3:00pm Afternoon practice
- 4:30pm Advanced clinic
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Camp games
- 8:00pm Evening program
- 10:30pm Lights out
Check-in: Registration will be at 1:00-2:00pm on Thursday, August 7th.
Check-out: Camp ends on Sunday, August 10th at 12pm.
Players Grouped by: age, ability and event
Facility: UC Santa Cruz Track & Trails
Dorm: Cowell Residence Hall - Adams
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
Spending Money: $30, please do NOT bring a pre-written check. There will be a small camp store with snacks, drinks and Winona State apparel for sale.
Medical Facility: athletic trainer is on-site and a doctor is on-call for emergencies
Transportation: not providedRead camper reviews