Nike Cross Country Camp Winona State University

Nike Cross Country Camp Winona State University
Nike Cross Country Camp Winona State University

The Nike Cross Country Camp at Winona State University gives high school distance runners the chance to develop proper running technique in one of the finest training environments in the Midwest.

The Nike Cross Country Camp at Winona State University is open to runners of all abilities, from beginners to state champions. The only requirement is the desire to have fun, and be the best you can be! Our camp is designed to teach you the fundamentals of cross country. The emphasis will be on providing you a great fun-filled learning week.

Highlights Include

  • Nike Running Camp T-shirt
  • Camp completion certificate
  • Trail running
  • Top notch instruction from College coaches
  • For ages 12-18

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Brett Ayers
Camp Director

Brett Ayers

Brett Ayers has been named the head men's and women's cross country coach at Winona State for the 2013 season. Ayers was an assistant with the cross country program last season, helping guide the WSU women’s squad to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championship, the highest postseason finish in program history. He also helped lead the...

Camp Details

The Workouts

Runners participate in two running workouts each day. Coaches explain the benefits of workouts and how they combine to help you maximize your potential. The workouts do not take the place of your high school or club program. Instead, they raise your awareness about becoming a “complete runner.” In addition, you’ll learn race strategies, warm-up and warm-down routines, technique drills, strength training, and plyometrics. You’ll train in beautiful environment, motivated by coaches and college runners who share your passion.

The Clinics

We offer educational and motivational running clinics each day. Campers learn the fundamentals of distance training, including proper nutrition, visualization, goal setting, race techniques, flexibility, and recovery. NCAA coaches discuss what it takes to put together championship teams and how you can use these ideas to improve your team back home.

Round-the-clock supervision:  An important feature of every NIKE Running Camp is 24-hour supervision. Staff members reside in the same residence halls as campers and participate in all activities.

More Details

Whats included in the fees:

Overnight Campers: features several instructional sessions per day, three hot meals, and lodging in University residence halls. An evening recreation program is also included.

Extended Day Campers (8:00am-8:00pm): 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.


Check-in: Registration will be at 1:30-3:00pm on Sunday at the Conway Hall.  Address is 403 Winona Street, Winona, MN 55987.
Check-out: Camp graduation is at 12:30pm on Thursday. Campers may be picked up after graduation between 1:00-2:00pm. 

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:  Winona State University and Track


Dorm: Conway 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:  $50, please bring check made payable to USSC
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 provided


Our running camps take place on the beautiful campus of Winona State University in Winona, MN.  Winona is located along the most gorgeous stretch of the Mississippi River between the limestone river bluffs that rise 500 feet above town. Campers stay and eat on campus at Winona State facilities. Runs will take place at the WSU Track Complex and on 9 miles of grass trails at the nearby campus of St. Mary’s University (pictured to the left). 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00am Rise
  • 7:30am Breakfast - WSU Dining Hall
  • 8:30am Morning workout
  • 10:00am Morning clinic
  • 11:00am Free time
  • 12:00pm Lunch - WSU Dining Hall
  • 1:30pm Afternoon Clinic
  • 2:30pm Free time
  • 3:30pm Afternoon workout
  • 4:30pm Advanced clinic
  • 5:30pm Dinner - WSU Dining Hall
  • 7:00pm Camp activities
  • 10:30pm Lights out

Camper Reviews

Winona State University Camper

  • 5/5.
Improve abilities

If you want to improve your Cross Country knowledge and your overall abilities as a runner you need to enroll in this camp.

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Parent of Winona State University Camper

  • 5/5.
Customized intensity of workouts

The counselors did a great job customizing the intensity of the workouts without making my child feel singled out.  

Winona State University Camper

  • 5/5.
Very informative

The instruction was very informative for me as a beginner.  I learned a lot of things I haven't heard of before.

Winona State University Camper

  • 5/5.
Awesome instruction

Awesome instruction on proper running technique to decrease my workload and great pointers on proper warm-up -- lots of great info to share with our coach at home.

Winona State University Camper

  • 5/5.
Fun environment

I had a very fun time, the staff created a fun environment to spend the week.

Winona State University Camper

  • 5/5.
Small camp

The staff took great pride in their roles. This was a small camp and I like it better.

Winona State University Camper

  • 5/5.
Great coaches

Good social interactions with everyone.  Great coaches.  Very motivating. 

Parent of Winona State University Camper

  • 5/5.
Amazing trails

My daughter loved this camp. The trails were amazing and the staff was super helpful and friendly.  She also made a lot of like-minded friends.

Winona State University Camper

  • 5/5.
Friendly environment

Nike Running Camps supports experienced runners as well as newer runners who may be just getting introduced to the sport. Coaches were very informative, location was great and there was lots of training. Friendly environment! 

Winona State University Camper

  • 4/5.

Enhanced my love for running!

Winona State University Camper

  • 5/5.
Energetic Staff

The staff was very energetic and truly wanted to see you improve and do your very best. I would highly recommend this camp for anyone that is serious about running in High School. 

Winona State University Camper

  • 1/5.
Great experience

Nike running camps are a great experience!! You meet people just like you, who are passionate about the same thing you are. Also you learn tons of info that will help you as an athlete. 

Winona State University Camper

  • 1/5.
Explore the college campus

The camp is amazing! You get coaching from fantastic runners who will treat you as equals. You get to meet new, fun people and get to explore the campus of the college. You'd regret not going. 

Winona State University Camper

  • 1/5.
Variety of topics addressed

It didn't strictly focus on the running, the camp also focused on other important topics that help with running like proper diet, stretching, weightlifting, etc. 

Camp Dates & Prices

This camp is no longer available this season.
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 if you would like help finding another camp, or join our email list to be notified of 2016 programs.

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