Nike Cross Country Camp Arizona Elevate
Serious | Fun | High Altitude Training at its Best.
2024 Camp Dates Announced!
The Nike Arizona Elevate Cross Country Camp offers outstanding training, educational breakout sessions and more.
Join former US National Team Member Sara Slattery and former Canadian National Team Member Matt Lincoln for a week of high altitude training in the beautiful Arizona landscape.
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
- Low Camper to Coach Ratio.
- Training on both track and trails
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Director Sara Slattery
Sara Slattery begins her 7th season as the GCU men’s and women’s cross country head coach in 2021 after a successful career as a NCAA and professional athlete. Since her arrival at GCU, every distance school record has been broken in cross country and track. Every women's school record in a distance event, save for one, was broken in 2018 and only one men's distance record still stands from 2017. Then in 2021, the school record book was rewritten in every men's and women's outdoor distance event (800m -10,000m), except for one.View Sara's Bio ⟩
Slattery was a professional distance runner, competing in national and international competitions. In 2007, she was the Pan American Games champion in the 10,000 meters in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She was an alternate for the U.S. team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and has been a member of other U.S. national teams.
Slattery graduated from Colorado in 2003 with a degree in economics and earned a master's degree in secondary and adult education there in 2005. She was a four-time NCAA champion, 10-time Big 12 champion and a 10-time All-American as a student-athlete, setting three school records (indoor mile, indoor 3,000 meters and outdoor 5,000 meters). In 2016, Slattery was inducted into the Colorado Athletics Hall of Fame.
Slattery is from Phoenix, where she attended Mountain Pointe High School and was a 10-time state champion. She was also a member of the 1998 U.S. Junior National Cross Country Team and earned state Runner of the Year honors during her junior and senior years.
Camp Co-Director Matt Lincoln
Coach Matt Lincoln begins his 7th year at Chandler High School working with the Wolves cross country and distance teams. During his first 6 seasons at Chandler, the Wolves squads have won 10 state championships. He was named USTFCCCA Girls cross country coach of the year for Arizona in 2015 and the NFHS Arizona and West Sectional girls cross country coach of the year in 2017. Under his watch, the school records in cross country and distance events have been broken 34 times and the girls 4x800m have won 4 straight state championships.View Matt's Bio ⟩
Lincoln attended Penn State University from 2001-2006 where he earned a degree in Kinesiology and a teaching certification in Health and Physical Education. He set 3 school records at Penn State, earned 8 Academic All-BigTen honors and was named to the NCAA All-Academic team in 2006. He was named captain of the cross country team in 2004 and 2005 and captain of the track and field team in 2006.
Upon graduating, Lincoln, ran professionally from 2007-2013 with the Canadian National team. He finished 3rd at the 2004 Olympic trials, 8th at the World University games in the 1500m in 2007, received a bronze medal in the 1500m at the 2009 Francophone Games and placed 4th and 5th at the 2012 Olympic trials in the 800m and 1500m, respectively. Lincoln has run sub four minutes for the mile and owns PR’s of 1:48.37 for 800m and 3:38.44 for 1500m. He holds the Canadian record in the Indoor and Outdoor 4x800m and the Distance Medley Relay.
Coach Lincoln is a certified USATF level 2, endurance coach and was an assistant coach with Phoenix Athletics track club in Toronto from 2007-2010. He also coached a grass roots track and field program in Canada for two years (2008-2009).
Escape the heat of the summer and enjoy 5 days of XC running with others who share the love of Cross Country. Join us for cooler temperatures, a traditional camp atmosphere, and a taste of training at altitude!
Located approximately 6 miles NW of Prescott, Emmanuel Pines is conveniently located less than 150 miles from Phoenix Int'l Airport and Scottsdale.
Daily training includes trail runs, as well as break out sessions with guest speakers, discussing such topics as nutrition, race strategy and tactics, and running collegiately.
Aside from training, Arizona Elevate XC Camp provides daily fun activities, including field trips to nearby lakes and parks. This camp will help campers develop as a runner, while gaining self-confidence and making new friends.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
Please Note: This camp SOLD OUT in 2023. You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots.
- Dates: June 16-20, 2024
- Age Group: 13-18
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp Type: Overnight
- Check-in: Sunday, 3:00pm
- Check-out: Thursday, 11:00am
- Location: Oak Lodge & Cedar Chapel
- View the campus map here
- Meals: All meals are provided at the on-campus dining facility.
All Campers should arrive at camp, prepared to run on Sunday, the 1st day of camp.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
- Dorm: Oak Lodge
- Campers Per Room: 4-8 (adjoining rooms)
- Roommates: Guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
- Bathrooms: Separate common men's and women's restrooms
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: No, fan recommended
- Key Deposit: We do not require a room key or meal card deposit. However, if you do not return your key or meal card on the last day of camp, you will be responsible for all replacement charges from the host facility. US Sports Camps will charge the camper credit card on file for all costs due.
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEES:
- Overnight Campers: Features several instructional sessions per day, three hot meals, and lodging in residence halls. An evening recreation program is also included.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Grouped by: age and ability
- Evaluation: by coaching staff
- Equipment: Campers should bring at least two pairs of broken in running shoes. Spikes/racing flats are optional. Please be sure to properly mark your equipment, so that it can be easily identified.
- Facility: Emmanuel Pines Camp, local roads and trails
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Athletic clothing
- 1-2 pairs of broken in running shoes/ event spikes
- Non-running shoes
- Water bottle
- Comfortable non-running clothing
- Underwear and socks
- Personal items & medications
- Washcloth and bath towel
- Alarm clock
- Swimsuit and towel
- Pen and paper for notes during guest speakers
- Cell phone (if you have one)
- Fan (optional)
- Pillow, pillowcase, bed sheets, comforter or sleeping bag (linens are NOT provided)
- Extra spending money (suggested $40)
- Laundry detergent
GEAR UP FOR CAMP
All Nike Cross Country Campers receive a Nike camp t-shirt as part of their tuition. Additional Nike Camp gear is available for purchase at check-out or can be purchased at any time on our storefront.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE CROSS COUNTRY CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our Cross Country camps please see our FAQ page.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 am Wake up call
- 7:30 am Breakfast
- 8:30 am Meet with counselor for stretching / pre-run activation / run description
- 9:00 am Run / workout
- 10:30 am Post run snack/ nutrition / shower
- 11:00 am Classroom/ group meeting
- 12:00 pm Lunch
- 1:00 pm Free time
- 3:00 pm Afternoon run/ Cross train
- 4:00 pm CORE/ strength/ drills
- 5:30 pm Dinner
- 7:00 pm Campfire/ evening games
- 10:00 pm Lights out
Emmanuel Pines offers two bedroom cabins to larger three and four bedroom cabins & bunkhouse dormitory. Each cabin is uniquely designed with original, rustic style. Each individual lodge/cabin is furnished with porches, living room, TV, microwave oven and toaster.
Camp Questions & Answers
How are runners placed in their training groups?
Training groups are based on a combination of current/recent weekly mileage and fitness level, season & personal best(s), and home geographical location. A change in groups can be accommodated if staff members leading those groups feel it is needed.
Can I come to camp alone or do I have to be a member of a team?
We welcome individual campers and teams. If you come to camp by yourself, we place you in a dorm room with other single campers, similar in age. It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport and to have FUN!
How many miles do we run each day?
Athletes will run 1-2x per day, depending on schedule and campers current fitness level, with morning session being a distance run and the afternoon session being either a 2nd run or active recovery/training activity.
Actual distances vary based on runner’s current mileage and fitness level.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Campers dine in the dining hall which offers a variety of different meal options that are sure to accommodate most campers’ dietary needs. In the case that a camper possesses extreme dietary restrictions, please reach out to us to make the proper accommodations.
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. Staff members provide supervision during instruction, dining times, evening activities, and in the cabins. All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp.
What are some of the evening activities that are planned for the campers?
Fun and exciting evening activities are an important part of the camp experience and are carefully planned by the staff. Evening activities include challenge course, volleyball, campfires, Frisbee, free time and more.
Does the Health & Release Form need to be signed by a doctor?
Our Health & Release Form does not require a doctor’s signature. This form is required to be filled out accurately, and completed online prior to camp arrival.
July 6, 2023: Everything was great ! Have a good time learning from runners with experience
July 1, 2023: Activities, good competition to learn from, very fun!
July 2, 2023: Making new friends and bonding with the coaches.
Our son's favorite part was scrimmaging
Spending time and learning from so many professional athletes and coaches!
— Parent of Attendee from This Camp in 2022
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.