Nike Cross Country Camp Central Wisconsin
TRAIN. COMPETE. IMPROVE.
2023 DATES ANNOUNCED!
This camp is centered around a strength-oriented approach to running, while consistently touching on speed or speed drills to improve or maintain running efficiency. Receive All-American XC training on the fabulous grounds of CWES in Amherst Junction at the Central Wisconsin XC Camp.
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Training groups based fitness level and average pace
- Curriculum designed by American record holder Chris Solinsky
- Cabin style bunks for great team building, camaraderie
- Lakefront recreation activities and post run soaks
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Co-Director Kevin Hopp
Coach Hopp has been coaching grades 7-12 for 23 years. He has coached the boys cross country team at Stevens Point High School since 2003. During that time, his teams have won five Wisconsin state cross country titles and been runner-up five times. His 2019 and 2022 teams qualified for the Nike Team Nationals. He has been named the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association Coach of the Year four times. Coach Hopp has been running since he was nine and enjoys coaching, running and sharing his passion with others.
Co-Director Pat Leahy
Coach Pat Leahy has been the boys distance track coach at Stevens Point Area Senior High School since 1994 and the girls Cross Country assistant coach since 2010. Leahy has coached state track individual champions in the 800, 1600, and 3200 as well as multiple medal winners in those events plus the 3200 relay during his tenure. Leahy was Chris Solinsky's event coach in high school and was a guiding influence in Solinksy's development into a world-class runner. Coach Leahy has been an active runner, biker and skier since the 80’s and has skied the American Birkibeiner and Kortelopet multiple times.
Advisor + Presenter (Virtual) Chris Solinsky
Camp Founder Chris Solinsky was born in Junction City, Wisconsin, and attended high school at Stevens Point Area Senior High, where he won 8 state titles, and was the 2002 Footlocker National Champion.View Chris's Bio & Cross Country Tips ⟩
Collegiately, Coach Solinsky ran for the Wisconsin Badgers as an undergraduate, helping the team win the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2005 and the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2007. He was a 14-time All-American and a five-time NCAA Champion, winning each of his last three years indoors (2005 and 2006 3,000m; 2007 5,000m) and his last two outdoors (2006 and 2007 5,000m). Solinsky won four individual Big Ten titles, and helped Wisconsin sweep the Big Ten team championships in every season all four years.
Coach Solinsky is the former American record holder and first runner outside the African continent to break 27 minutes in the 10,000 meters, as well as being a member of Team USA at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships
The former American record-holder and NCAA Champion, Solinsky is currently the assistant coach for cross country and track and field at the University of Florida.
Cross Country Tips by Chris:
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
Chris Solinsky has a belief that a successful distance athlete is one that finds a volume that not only challenges them, but also one that they can do consistently. If there is one secret in distance running it is that there are no secrets, but the key to success is safely pushing the limit consistently over time - this is what allows athletes to become so aerobically strong and to compete with the best!
Camp Co-Directors & Stevens Point Area High School Coaches Kevin Hopp and Pat Leahy bring a wealth of experience to this great program. Both Hopp and Leahy coached Solinsky during his high school career at Stevens Point.
- Dates: July 16-20, 2023
- Age Group: 12-17
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp Type: Overnight
- Check-in: Sunday, 1:00pm-2:00pm
- Checkout: Thursday, 11:30am-12:00pm
- Location: Central Wisconsin Environmental Station- Main Office
- View the campus map here
- Meals: All meals are provided at the camp dining facility.
All Campers should arrive at camp, prepared to run on Sunday, the 1st day of camp. Dinner is the first meal on Sunday. Campers should eat lunch before arriving at 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: Central Wisconsin Environmental Station cabins
- Campers Per Room: Cabin-styke
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: No, fan recommended
- Key Deposit: N/A
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: Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) trails and local roads
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
- Flip flops
- 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)
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.
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.
A note from Coach Solinsky:
"I am incredibly passionate about the sport of track and field and specifically distance running. My hope is to spread that passion to anyone that attends the camp while also sharing any variety of the experiences I have been lucky enough to have during my time in the sport. There have been many valuable experiences both positive and negative that lead to shape a love for the sport that have brought me from a kid that did not want to run to someone that has made a career in the sport and a lifelong runner. My aim is to impart some of the important lessons on those that attend the camp, while giving tips for training and developing a mental edge for competitions."
Coach Solinsky's belief of always touching on speed throughout the year comes from his mentor, Jerry Schumacher. He always said an athlete should be 2-3 weeks away from racing no matter where they are in the training phase and to do this you must touch on speed throughout. The idea is during the early phases of training to do a speed session of intervals once a week or once every other week and to use speed mechanic drills do develop better form for efficiency and better overall sprint mechanics. The emphasis is not on improving speed, but to improve form and maintain natural speed during much of the training phase until the point of the season when speed becomes more prominent in the training.
The final training piece of Chris' philosophy is core and general strengthening. This last component makes a true athlete. His team practices in the weight room twice a week and supplements locker room lifting/core routines the other days of the week. During weight room sessions the weight equipment is utilized to strengthen running-specific movements to have the kids become endurance athletes rather than just runners. The supplemental locker room lift/core routines revolve around 30 minutes of either an upper body core strengthening routine or a post workout legs routine. They found that when runners do leg strengthening routines directly following workouts, recovery is faster and mechanics are better.
At camp, we will also touch on the psychology of running by bringing in an array of speakers to discuss the mental side of running. They will discuss some of the things they find/have found to bring success. We will bring in current athletes, former athletes, and coaches, so that the campers can get a diverse view of what success looks like and to arm themselves with different tools to have the strongest mental game. We will also have a counselor/athlete panel open for question-answer session so the kids can get all their questions answer regarding the college process, and their secrets.Show Less See More Camp Details
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 am Wake up call
- 7:30 am Meet with counselor for stretching and run description
- 8:00 am Easy run with group
- 9:30 am Breakfast/Shower
- 11:00 am Guest Speaker
- 12:00 pm Lunch
- 1:00 pm Sunset Beach water activities/free time
- 3:00 pm Afternoon run/Workout
- 4:30 pm Core Strengthening/Speed Development Drills
- 5:30 pm Dinner
- 7:00 pm Campfire/Evening games
- 10:00 pm Lights out
The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) offers premier summer camp options. The Station is located 19 miles east of Stevens Point amid rolling hills and on Sunset Lake, with 200 acres of towering red and white pines, hardwoods, wetlands and lakes. Campers stay in Scandinavian-style log cabins and enjoy meals featuring local and organic food. Cabins sleep eight runners in each, with one cabin sleeping 12. Teams can be housed in the same cabin, single gender. The modern bathhouse and shower facility is located within the cabin loop.
Wireless access is available in the Sunset and Walker lodges.
CWES also provides plenty of opportunity for recreation with swimming and boating on Sunset Lake, fire pit for evening gathering, hiking trails, and team building activities.CWES is a 200-acre teaching and learning center located 17 miles east of Stevens Point, WI.
Camp Questions & Answers
How are runners placed in their running groups?
The Staff has created a formula that determines running groups. Groups are based on a combination of recent mileage, season best 5k, long runs and an evaluation run. 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 another single camper, 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 twice a day. Once in the morning right from campus on nearby trails and roads and once in the afternoon, usually offsite. The morning run is more of a distance run and the afternoon session is an opportunity to work on specific training paces. Actual distances vary based on runner’s mileage and ability.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Campers dine in the cafeteria 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 school’s Dining Services to make the proper accommodations.
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. Staff members reside in the same dorms as the campers and provide supervision during instruction, dining times, evening activities, and in the dorm. All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp.
How many campers are placed in a dorm and do you accommodate roommate requests?
Campers are housed in bunk style cabins. Each of the large cabins are broken into pods. Cabins hold between 8-22 campers, with 1-3 pods in each cabin. When you register for the camp, you have an option to submit a roommate request. If you would like to add a roommate request after registering for a camp, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We accommodate all roommate requests, made before 2 weeks before the start of camp. Campers who do not submit a roommate request will be placed in a cabin with other runners, similar age and same gender.
What happens if it starts to rain during camp?
All campers receive their full running program each day weather permitting. In the threat of severe weather, we will adjust our schedule for the outdoor training runs.
Does this camp have medical personnel on staff?
The camp has a staff member with advanced medical training who is always on-site and works under the direction of a licensed consulting physician. Additionally, all CWES staff have CPR, First Aid, and AED training. Waterfront activities are always staffed by certified lifeguards.
What are some of the evening activities that are planned for the campers?
Fun and exciting after 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.
Is swimming offered at camp?
We have access to beautiful Sunset Lake each day at camp for supervised swimming, canoeing, kayaking and more.
Does the Health & Release Form need to be signed by a doctor?
Our Online Health & Release Form does not require a doctor’s signature. This form is required to be filled out accurately and completed before arrival at camp.
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Overall Average RatingStars
2022: The overall experience was amazing. My child came home and couldn't stop taking about all of it!
Mixture of activities
July 27, 2019: Sam enjoyed the mixture of running and outdoor 'camp' activities. He said the food was very good. Not too much of one or the other. It was good for him to be surrounded by kids who are really into running and see their level of dedication
— Mary S. Parent
Learn about nutrition
July 26, 2019: This is Alicia’s second cross country camp experience. She loves everything about the camp, but if she had to pick a highlight it would be the nutritional counseling. Learning how to properly fuel your body is key!
— Andrea K. Parent
Learn from other runners
July 26, 2019: Ray got to learn from other runners with more skill and experience. He actually bonded with a few runners that gave him tips on technique, besides the coaching received during camp. Free time was also fun
— Mike G. Parent
My son's already asking to go back!
July 28, 2018: He really enjoyed that there were activities to do outside of running that rounded out his camp experience. Is already asking to go back next year!
— Samantha A., Parent
My Daughter felt like she has really improved
July 31, 2018: Abri really felt like she was getting pushed in the workouts and learning new capabilities that she had within herself. i would like if there were more talk about nutrition, but other than that, wonderful camp!
— Scott B., Parent
I'll be back next year
August 6, 2018: I loved that it was a good balance between running and having fun! Loved the competition groups and waterfront time!
— Zella M., Camper
I learned a lot about myself and am inspired to meet my goals! The camp staff were very knowledgeable and effective teachers!
— Josh N., Camper 2017
Great mix of fun and hard work!
— Christian S., Camper 2017
Thanks Coach Chris!
Chris answered all my questions and was so pleasant to talk to. Loved the meet on Thursday morning and seeing all the campers cheer on everyone else.
— Deacon G., Camper 2017
The excitement about running and all the passion that was there among the people for this sport was really encouraging!!
— Havilah P., Camper 2017
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