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 are the more challenging workouts of the day, and will focus on the actual running. 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, but instead should raise your awareness of 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. Leaving our camp, the athletes will have a full understanding of the importance of all aspects of training. You'll get to train in a beautiful, highly motivational environment with great coaches, collegiate runners as counselors, surrounded by great peer 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 increase 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 (9am-9pm - except on first and last day): 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.
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
2016 SESSION INFORMATION
Check-in: Registration for all campers (overnight and extended day) is between 8:30-9am on Thursday, August 4th.
Check-out: Camp ends for all campers on Sunday, August 7th at 3pm.
Players Grouped by: age, ability and event
Facility: UC Santa Cruz Track & Trails
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: UC Santa Cruz requires a room key deposit of $75, and a separate $10 meal card deposit. Please bring 2 separate checks made out to "US Sports Camps" for the amount and we will hold it until the key is returned on the last day.
Spending Money: $40, please do NOT bring a pre-written check. There will be a small camp store with snacks, drinks and Santa Cruz apparel for sale.
Medical Facility: A certified athletic trainer is on-site and a doctor is on-call for emergencies
Airport: San Jose Mineta (SJC) Airport
Transportation: not provided
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