Nike Cross Country Camp Winona State University Winona, Minnesota

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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

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). 

Meet your coaching staff
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 Warrior men’s team to a 16th place finish at the NCAA Central Region Championship.

Ayers has put together a long and distinguished coaching career at the high school, college and professional levels. Both Kayla Gudmundson and Jessica Young earned All-American honors for the Warriors last season under Ayers’ guidance.

Ayers began his coaching career as the head cross country and track and field coach at Elmhurst College from 1990-93 where he transformed a program that historically struggled into a perennial conference contender. He was tabbed to begin the cross country program at Guilford College in 1993, working at the school until 1998.

He moved into the professional ranks from 1998-2002, working as the Director of Track and Field for club team GVAV Rapiditas in the Netherlands. He also taught at coached at Rijksunisiteit in Groningen, winning a pair of cross country national team titles while also coaching numerous Dutch individual national champions.

Ayers returned to the United States where he became the head coach at Cotter High School in Winona from 2002-06, winning three cross country conference titles and coaching four individual state champions. He also worked as an assistant cross country coach at Saint Mary’s University in Winona from 2006-11 before joining the Warrior coaching staff in 2012.

Ayers ran collegiately at North Carolina where he earned a degree in Chemistry. He also holds Master’s Degrees in Sports Management and Exercise Physiology from Springfield College. After college Ayers ran professionally for New Balance for seven years.

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2014 Camp Information

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.

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

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.

SESSION INFORMATION

Check-in: Registration will be at 1:00-2:00pm on Sunday, July 21st at the dorm.  Dorm will be announced soon.
Check-out:  Camp ends on Thursday July 25th. Campers may be picked up after lunch 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.

INSTRUCTION

Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: age, ability and event
Facility:  Winona State University and Track

HOUSING

Dorm: Prentiss-Lucas 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

TRAVEL

Transportation: not provided

Read 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.

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!

Nike Cross Country Camp Winona State University

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800-645-3226

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Camp Schedule & Fees

Nike Running Winona State University XC   Jul. 20 - Jul. 24, 2014 Register

Programs: Cross Country

Age Group: 12 - 18 Gender: Co-Ed

Overnight: $410.00 Availability: Open
Extended Day 9am-9pm: $310.00 Availability: Open

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

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