Celebrating our 43rd year!
The Smoky Mountain Running Camp puts great emphasis on teaching runners the wisdom of the hard/easy training philosophy developed by the late, great U of Oregon coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman. To implement the Bowerman philosophy, we use Coach Roy Benson's Effort Based Training Program to allow the whole camp to run the same appropriate effort while allowing each group to train at their individualized paces based on their current fitness, over-all ability and general goals. The instruction is serious, the training is right for this time of the summer and there will be opportunities to make new friends from all over the Southeast, the USA and maybe even with someone from Europe, South American or Asia. We welcome your presence.
Past Camper Highlights:
Jackie Areson, SMRC camp alumna and 2010 featured speaker, recently set a PR for the women's 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational. Her time of 15 minutes 18.31 seconds puts her in contention for one of the favorites at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon in June. (A time that bettered the Olympic A standard) Areson is one of four winners of the Pre Challenge letter jacket winners in the combined 78 year history of the Smoky Mountain and Green Mountain Running Camps.
2014 Outstanding Speakers:
Amy Yoder Begley: Begley is an American middle and long distance runner and a US Olympian in the 10,000 meter event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Hazel Mae Clark: Clark is an American middle-distance runner who specializes in the 800 meters middle distance race. Clark was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2000, 2004 and 2008. She has won six national titles and two USA Olympic trials during her career.
Mike Curcio: Curcio is in his 20th year as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach and track and field distance coach at Appalachian State University.
Lance Harden: Assistant cross country and track & field coach at Emory University.
Issac Presson: Presson completed his college track career for North Carolina in June. He was an All-American (13th place) in the 5,000-meter run at his final NCAA outdoor meet in Eugene, Ore. Presson ran his second sub-4:00 in August, 2014.
Leah Thomas: Thomas serves as Georgia Tech’s sports dietitian and Director of the Total Person Program.
PREVIOUS OUTSTANDING SPEAKERS AT CAMP:
Vanderbilt University Head Track & Field/ Cross Country Coach Steve Keith: Coach Keith's women's x-c team was 2011 SEC champions and placed 6th at the NCAA's.
Oklahoma State Coach Dave Smith: Coach Smith coached German Fernandez who won the 2009 NCAA title in the 1,500 meters and was the Big 12 individual cross country champion.
Matt McCue: Author of An Honorable Run, McCue, an un-recruited University of Colorado runner, was a walk-on athlete who willed himself to become part of a championship team led by the legendary Coach Mark Wetmore from 2001-2005.
McCue ran in the middle of a herd that was led by future Olympians and American Record holders, Jorge Torres and Dathan Ritzenhein. Only one person believed he’d succeed, the underdog himself.
His story takes a lonely trail and makes it full with insight and humility. McCue speaks for boys and girls chasing their dreams on the prairies, in small towns and on our forgotten urban streets. He gives voice to the contender who wakes at 5 a.m. when the wind is knocking on a sub-freezing door.
Vista Beasley: Vista is a camp alumna and former all-time favorite Smoky Mouintain Camp Recreation Director and now PhD candidate in Sports Psychology at FSU. Vista is an Emory University graduate, a former Captain in the U.S. Air Force and former agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Sam Martinez: Sam is a champion master runner, business owner and a private coach in Macon, Georgia. Coach Martinez has been advising Grace Tinkey, a SMRC five year camper and a four time Footlocker finalist.
John L. Parker: John was University of Florida record holder in the mile, SEC mile champion, USTAFF nationall steeplechase champion and the author of "Once A Runner," the greatest novel ever written about distance running.
Our Advanced Placement (AP) Cross Country Class:
The AP Class is offered during all camp sessions for those elite runners who desire college level instruction about the Art & Science of Running. Sign-up details will be available at registration. No advanced sign-up is required.
Middle School Program:
We have modified our high school program and created a separate curriculum and activity schedule that will be offered concurrently with the high school schedule. We feel extremely confident that this will provide a satisfying experience for these younger runners.
This is an instructional camp and not a week of "normal" training. The middle school runners will be running twice a day, but it will be instructional based running. Think of a playing lesson with a golf pro. The intent is not necessarily to shoot your best round but to gain insight and knowledge on how to be your best over time.
The Smoky Mountain Running Camp offers an extremely challenging athletic training program. Running on wild forest trails offers pitfalls, challenges and wild life. Please DO NOT come to camp if you have any pre-existing injuries, are not completely healthy and ready to run a minimum of 20-25 miles during camp.
We discourage campers with bee sting allergies from attending our program. If you choose to attend, you must carry an epinephrine pen at all times and understand that on some of our trails, if anything goes wrong, we cannot get you to medical help within the half hour. Please study the waiver carefully.
Coaches are encouraged to accompany their cross country teams and attend the Coaches Workshop covering the latest in training and racing techniques. The workshop runs concurrently with the youth camp session.
**Our operations on National Forest System Lands are authorized under Special Use Permit by the Pisgah National Forest
Camp Check-in & Check-out Details:
- Check-in: 12:00-3:00pm at the Highsmith Student Center
- Check-out: 12:00-1:00pm at the Highsmith Student Center
- High School Program: 14 and up, coed, all skills levels.
- Middle School Program: Entering 6th grade and up, coed, all skill levels.
High School runners stay in Mills Hall, air conditioned. Campers stay four to a suite, two bedrooms, one bath with living room.
Middle School runners stay in Founders Hall, air conditioned. Campers stay 2 to a room, shared bathroom with one other double room.
Stay-Over Session Option:
If you are attending two weeks of camp the cost for the weekend stay‐over is $150 for housing and meals. Campers eat in the dining hall for all meals except for Saturday dinner. Campers, with a signed permission slip, travel to the local mall, watch a movie and have dinner. Campers are supervised & transported in school vans to and from the mall. We recommend bringing $40 extra spending money for movie, meals and entertainment.
There is a camp dance each week, plus nightly skits, games, scavenger hunt and sand volleyball.
Asheville North Carolina Airport (20 mins from campus). Airport pick-ups will be available for $20 each way.
- Preferred Flight Arrival: 10:00 – 11:00 am Sunday
- Preferred Flight Departure: 2:00 – 3:00 pm Friday
2015 Bus Information: DATES TBD
Atlanta Area Buses: Call 800-645-3226 to reserve your seat on the bus! The buses sell out, sign up early, don't miss the bus!
MARIST SCHOOL: Bus transportation is available to and from the Marist School, Atlanta, area each week. Seats are limited, sign up early! Round trip price $95 (price subject to change based on increased fuel charges). Campers wishing to travel one way will be placed on a "wait list." Priority is given to round trip riders. For more details and to make reservations please call US Sports (800-645-3226). A fuel surcharge may be added, based on fuel costs at the time of camp.
Bus leaves from the Marist School, Atlanta on Sunday at 10am. You must be checked in for the bus by 9:30am. Return trip: Bus will arrive back at Marist at 4pm.
PEACHTREE CITY: We have added a bus from Peachtree City, GA. Pick up is at the Oak Grove Elementary School. Seats are limited, sign up early! Round trip price $105 (price subject to change based on increased fuel charges). Campers wishing to travel one way will be placed on a "wait list." Priority is given to round trip riders. For more details and to make reservations please call US Sports (800-645-3226). A fuel surcharge may be added, based on fuel costs at the time of camp.
Bus leaves from the Oak Grove Elementary School on Sunday at 10am. You must be checked in for the bus by 9:30am. Return trip: Bus will arrive back to school at 4pm.
JOHN'S CREEK: We have added a bus from Duluth, GA (John's Creek). Pick up is at Northview High School. Round trip price $95 (price subject to change based on increased fuel charges). Campers wishing to travel one way will be placed on a "wait list". Priority is given to round trip riders. For more details and to make reservations please call US Sports (800-645-3226). A fuel surcharge may be added, based on fuel costs at the time of camp.
Bus leaves from Northview High School on Sunday at 11am. You must be checked in for the bus by 10:30am. Return bus will arrive back to school at approximately 3:15pm.
Pensacola, FL Bus:
Round trip bus service will be available to those travelling from the Florida, Alabama or Mississippi area from Pensacola, FL.
Campers are welcome to contact Coach Eric Nelson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delaware/ Baltimore/ D.C./Richmond
Traveling from the Delaware, Baltimore, DC or Richmond area?
1st Stop: from the I-95 rest stop south of Wilmington, 5 minutes north of the Maryland state line. Campers return on Friday, July 11 at approximately 10PM. Cost is $190 round trip.
2nd Stop: from the I-95 Chesapeake House rest stop, about 10 minutes north of the Harbor Tunnel. Campers return on Friday, July 11 at approximately 9PM. Cost is $190 round trip.
3rd Stop: approximately 11AM, from the I-95 Ladysmith Safety Rest Area South in Virginia, at mile marker 107. Any questions about this location please follow this link http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/map-ra-ladysb.asp .Campers return at approximately 7PM. Cost is $175 round trip.
Call 800-645-3226 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.
Sample SMRC Daily Presentations and Recreation:
How is your form?
Smoky Mountain Running Camp Director, Alan Drosky, describes how core strength and flexibility will improve your biomechanics. Georgia Tech Coach Becky Megesi showed varying exercises for hip flexor, psoas, gluts, adductors and overall core stability.
Today campers have the opportunity to attend the following afternoon breakout sessions:
1. Recovery for Exercise Coach Mike Caldwell
2. Stretching for Success Joe Robinson
3. The Little Things in Running Tom Williams
4. Speed: True Speed Development for Distance Athletes Jesse Norman
5. The Psychological side of Running” Eric Nelson
Evening Recreation activities
Campers had the opportunity to visit the Jus' Running store in Asheville for nice deals on NIKE apparel.
As always the scavenger hunt was a BIG success with a few guest appearances by a lost raccoon. Pictures are posted on the SMRC Facebook page and team results will be announced at the awards presentation on Thursday evening with the winners receiving great NIKE gear.
Morning Guest Speaker
After a great introduction, SMRC was treated to a question and answer session presented by NIKE with Lisa Koll. Koll is a 4 time Big 12, 10,000 outdoor Champion. As a senior at Iowa State, Koll was the first athlete since 1996 to win both the 5000 and 10,000 in the NCAA championships. Koll is the American collegiate record holder in the 10,000 in 31:18. After graduation from college, Koll continues to run professionally under Coach Jerry Schmacher of the Oregon Track Club Elite/Portland where she currently has Pr’s of 14:55 in the 5000 and 31:18 for the 10,000. Check out a recent article about her in running times.
Afternoon Breakout sessions:
1. Core Training Joe Robinson
2. 10 Commandments for a Successful Season Art Scuibba
3. Peaking and Tapering Tom Williams
4. Sports Nutrition Emma Bussard
5. Recruitment and Transitioning to college running Junior Counselors
Tuesday evening campers had numerous opportunities for FUN!!! The Recreation Directors had signs, played card games in the Lobby and had a trivia at the auditorium. The winners of the trivia night will receive cool NIKE products on Thursday night at the awards night.
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Located at the University of North Carolina- Asheville, in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, the camp is one of the oldest in the country. Campers stay in air conditioned dorms, in suite style living accommodations- two bedrooms/one bath with living room. Four runners per suite. Microwave and refrigerator are availbe in each suite.
The Smoky Mountain Running Camp operates on National Forest System Lands and are authorized under Special Use Permit by the Pisgah Natinal Forest.
The Smoky Mountain Running Camp is open to any and all entrants.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Breakfast
- 8:30am Guest speaker in auditorium
- 9:45am Group Run in National Forest
- 11:30am Lunch in campus cafeteria
- 12:30pm Free time
- 1:00pm Trainer available
- 1:30pm Video analysis by groups
- 2:45pm Breakout sessions of varying topics
- 4:00pm Learn-by-Doing at campus track in groups
- 5:00pm Dinner in campus cafeteria
- 6:00pm Free time
- 6:15pm Trainer available
- 7:00pm Recreation Activities directed by Rec Staff
- 10:00pm Curfew
- 10:30pm Lights out!