Nike Distance Camp with Bernard Lagat
Serious | Fun | Distance Training at its Best.
2024 Camps Dates Announced!
The Nike Distance Camp with Bernard Lagat offers outstanding training, educational breakout sessions and more.
Join World Champion, Olympic Medalist, and University of Arizona Head XC and Assistant T&F (Distance) Coach Bernard Lagat for some fun-filled, informative days doing what you love best - training on gorgeous trails and a beautiful track, guided by one of the most decorated athletes in track and field.
The Nike Distance Camp with Bernard Lagat is not an official function of the University of Arizona. The institution's sports camp or clinic shall be open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender).
- Training groups based fitness level and average pace
- Training on both track and trails
- Low Camper to Coach Ratio.
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Director Bernard Lagat
Bernard Lagat enters his fourth year as the Wildcats’ Head Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track and Field Coach (Distance) after an illustrious professional running career.View Bernard's Bio ⟩
During the 2022 cross country season, Lagat coached seven men and six women to the NCAA Western Regional Championships, where the young men’s team placed 14th overall. The Arizona Women finished the season with four top-five team finishes and the Arizona Men ended with three. Those team finishes were highlighted by the Dave Murray Invitational, the team’s only home meet of the season, where both the men and women won their competitions. Additionally, the women’s team also won the UC Riverside Invitational in Riverside, Calif. To begin the year, both the men and women finished second at the George Kyte Invitational in Flagstaff, Ariz. Throughout the 2023 season, the Wildcats had seven top-ten finishes on the men’s side and four on the women’s side. For the men, Ian Sanchez Lopez placed second at two competitions, while Grace Driskill had a highest finish of third for the women.
Under Lagat, the Arizona Distance Women had four top-10 finishes in the 800m, two in the 3000m, and one in the 5000m during the 2023 indoor track and field season. Alisa Lyesina finished sixth at the Ken Shannon Invitational in the 800m, clocking a time of 2:04.75. Lyesina also placed second in the 800m at the WSU Open earlier in the year. Brigid Hanley and Sailor Hutton finished second and third in the 3000m at the meet as well. The Arizona Distance Men had six top-10 finishes in the 800m, four in the mile, and one in the 3000m. Iker Sanchez Lopez finished fourth at the Ken Shannon Invitational in the mile with a time of 4:00.77.
During the 2023 outdoor season, Lagat coached the Arizona Distance Women to nine top-10 finishes in the 800m, seven in the 1500m, two in the 3000m, and two in the 5000m. Alisa Lyesina finished 13th at the NCAA West First Round Championships with a time of 2:05.18 in the 800m. Lyesina also placed sixth at the Pac-12 Championships in the 800m to score for the Arizona Women. Additionally, she won the 800m at the Willie Williams Classic and placed second at the Island Relays. Sailor Hutton won the 3000m and placed third in the 1500m at the Jim Click Shootout. Lyesina and Hutton each had a top-two finish in the 1500m during the season as well. On the men’s side for distance, Lagat coached a team that had nine top-10 finishes in the 800m, 11 in the 1500m, six in the 3000m, and two in the 5000m. In the 800m, Cade Russo placed 10th at the Pac-12 Championships and also posted a top-three finish at the Island Relays. Iker Sanchez Lopez finished 10th at the Pac-12 Championships in the 1500m. He also placed second in the event at both the Jim Click Shootout (3:45.00) and the Island Relays. At the Jim Click Shootout, the Arizona Men finished one through five, with Ian Sanchez Lopez winning the event with a time of 8:19.10.
As for Lagat’s professional running career, he has nearly as many American records (six) as he has wins in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games (8). His 2010 season included becoming the first ever American to win both the 3,000m and 5,000m at the IAAF Continental Cup while setting the American record in the indoor and outdoor 3,000m and outdoor 5,000m.
Lagat now stands alone in the Millrose Games record book with his eight Wanamaker Mile wins and surpassed Irish legend Eamonn Coghlan's previous best total of seven wins. Lagat donated all his bonus earnings during the 2010 indoor season to the Haiti Relief Fund. In 2007, Lagat won the first ever gold medal by an American in the 1,500m at the World Outdoor Championships and the first Olympic or World Championships gold for the country since 1908. He also became the first man ever to win the 1,500m-5,000m double at World Outdoors, and the first American to win a World Championship medal of any kind at 5,000m.
In winning both races at the 2006 USA Outdoor Championships, he become the first man ever to pull off the historic double. In 2006 Lagat posted the five-fastest 1,500m times by an American. He also had the fastest 3,000m and 5,000m times that season in the country. Lagat won a pair of 1,500m Olympic medals for his native Kenya before changing his national affiliation to the United States. A United States resident since 1996, Lagat officially became eligible to compete for the United States one day after the start of the 2007 World Outdoor Championships.
Lagat recently competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic games where he placed fifth-overall in the 5K race at an astounding 41 years of age. He clocked in three seconds behind gold at 13:06.78.
In growing up on his family's farm in Kapsabet, Kenya, Lagat sprinted a mile and a half to school each morning, and the same distance back. He began studying at Jomo Kenyatta University College of Agriculture and Technology when he became serious about running competitively. Lagat left Kenya for the United States when he received a scholarship from Washington State University in Pullman. He earned BA's from Washington State in Management Information Systems, and Decision Science (Econometrics). Lagat is married to Gladys Tom and they have one son (Miika Kimutai Lagat) and one daughter (Gianna).
Whether you're tuning up for your Indoor Track & Field season, prepping early for Outdoor, or coming back strong from Cross Country, the Nike Distance Camp at the University of Arizona offers middle distance and distance runners the perfect opportunity to train under the guidance of World Champion, Olympic medalist, and Head Arizona XC Coach Bernard Lagat.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
- Dates: January 2-5, 2024
- Age Group: 14-18 (HIGH SCHOOL ONLY)
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp Type: Day
- Check-in: 9:00am
- Check-out: 5:00pm
- Location: Drachman Stadium - University of Arizona
- Campus Map: View Here
- Meals: Lunch will NOT be provided.
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!
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: Drachman Stadium
- Trails/Runs: Broadway Trailhead @ Saguaro East Monument, Saguaro West Monument by picturesque Old Tucson.
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
- Water bottle
- Personal items & medications
- Pen and paper for notes during guest speakers
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 TRACK & FIELD CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our Track & Field camps please see our FAQ page.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00 am Check-in
- 9:30 am Morning Run
- 10:30 am Stretch Routine
- 11:00 am Lecture (nutrition, injury prevention, etc.)
- 11:30 am Lunch + Free Time
- 12:30 pm Lecture (strategy, training cycles, race prep, college running), video, Q&A
- 2:00 pm Fun activity
- 3:00 pm Drills
- 3:30 pm Track Workout
- 4:30 pm Core Routine
- 5:00pm Check-out
In 1981, the Wildcats track and field program moved from Arizona Stadium to Roy P. Drachman Stadium on the corner of 15th Street and Plumer Avenue.
The facility first took the name of Rincon Vista Stadium. However, thanks to generous donations that allowed the facility to be upgraded, the Arizona Athletics Department renamed the Wildcats' home the Roy P. Drachman Track and Field Stadium.
Considered one of the fastest and most functionally designed complexes in the country, the stadium has played host to several outstanding track and field meets. The list includes the 2003, 1995 and 1985 Pac-10 Championships, the 1987 TAC Junior and Intermediate Championships, the 1983 WCAA Championships and the annual Arizona Jim Click Invitational and Willie Williams Classic, as well as several other events throughout the year.
The stadium was completely overhauled during the fall of 2006 and is now a state-of-the-art facility with a nine-lane Tartan track and the latest design in field event competition areas. The high jump apron has been expanded and all the runways were resurfaced with a Tartan surface. The entire facility is now hard-wired with a flawless Hy-Tek electronic timing system which produces accurate electronic times.
In 1989, a computerized scoreboard was installed at the southeast corner of the track. Its features include a timing clock, message board and capabilities to generate updated team and individual results.
The seating capacity of Drachman Stadium is over 5,000. The largest crowd to attend an event at the complex was a standing-room only crowd estimated at more than 6,000 people at the 1998 Tucson Elite Classic.
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, and season & personal best(s). 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. 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.
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff.
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.
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.