Nike XC High Altitude Camp at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
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2023 CAMP DATES ANNOUNCED! TWO (2) SESSIONS OFFERED IN '23
Encounter the beautiful landscape of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak in the heart of Olympic City! Experience the amazing training runs at Bear Creek Park, Garden of the Gods, and Gold Camp Road. Come to the Nike XC High Altitude Camp held on the campus of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
The '23 Nike High Altitude XC Camp at UC Colorado Springs offers campers an overnight camp experience, as well as the option to sign up for two (2) sessions in 2023!
This is high altitude training at its best!
- High Altitude Training with UCCS Coaches
- Current UCCS Athletes as Counselors
- Training Tips, Supplemental Training, Injury Prevention Techniques
- Sessions on Race Strategies and Goal Setting
- Sport Specific Strength and Mobility Sessions
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
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Head Coach Corey Kubatzky
Coach Kubatzky returned to UCCS in 2014, where he previously served as a graduate assistant coach and an assistant coach, to lead the women’s program after spending 4 years as an assistant coach with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project.View Corey's Bio & Cross Country Tips ⟩
While an assistant coach, the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project produced Olympian and Boston Marathon runner-up Desiree Linden (Davila), several US Team Members for IAAF track and cross-country World Championships, and many top-10 finishers at US Championships. The experience gained while apprenticing under great coaches at the DIII, DII and Professional level and working with some of the best runners in the country on a daily basis helped form his current coaching philosophy. While at UCCS, Coach Kubatzky has coached athletes to school records, NCAA Championship appearances, All-American, All-Region and All-RMAC performances, top-five all-time program marks, and lifetime bests. He also currently coaches a small group of elites and sub-elites, including four athletes who achieved Olympic Trials Qualifiers while under his direction. Kubatzky earned his master’s degree from UCCS and his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis where he competed for the cross-country and track teams, serving as team captain his senior year. He is married to Lavenna Kubatzky, herself an accomplished distance runner, who teaches 3rd grade at Oak
Creek Elementary School. He is originally from Georgetown, Texas.
Cross Country Tips by Corey:
Assistant Coach Sara Kettelkamp
Coach Sara Kettelkamp was the Assistant Women's Cross Country and Track coach for 7 years, having helped coach multiple athletes to school records, NCAA Championship appearances, All-American, All-Region and All-RMAC performances, top-five all-time program marks, and lifetime bests. She plans to continue her passion of coaching and mentoring runners toward personal and athletic goals and can’t think of a better place to do this than in Colorado.View Sara's Bio ⟩
Sara’s passion for running began in high school and continued throughout college where she pursued a degree in Sports Conditioning and Training at UCCS while competing for the cross-country and track team. Looking to expand her knowledge outside of her degree she became a certified personal trainer as well as a certified strength and conditioning coach. It was then that Sara volunteered as an assistant coach for the Palmer High School Cross Country and Track & Field team. This experience helped lock in her passion for coaching. Before graduating, Sara was offered a position as a graduate assistant coach with the UCCS team while she pursued a master’s degree in Health Promotion. While pursuing her master’s degree Sara spent most of her time researching functional movement and how to incorporate that into a running program. This research has led to a published article and began a shift in the team’s strength training routines, which now has since focused on identifying and improving the weaknesses of each athlete in order to improve overall strength. She has continued working in the field of strength and conditioning within the collegiate, tactical, and private sectors.
SECURE YOUR SPOT FOR 2023!
You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
This summer, we will be offering two (2) camp sessions.
Session I will be a regular curriculum, featuring:
- Interactive strength / mobility
- Elite athlete panel
- Recovery techniques
- Sport Psychology
- Sport nutrition
- Guest speakers
Session II will be a college athletics focused curriculum, including:
- The college recruiting process
- Transitioning to college
- Basic physiology of distance running
- Leadership and team culture
- Race strategies and tactics
- Guest speakers
The Nike UC Colorado Springs XC Camp is designed to further each runner's knowledge on training, injury prevention, nutrition, strength training, and recovery.
Campers run in a high-altitude environment with the majestic Rocky Mountains as their backdrop!
Sport-specific strength and mobility sessions are to help teach runners how to train their body to handle the mileage and how to avoid injury. Additional breakout topics include goal setting and race strategy planning.
Aside from training, the Colorado Springs High Altitude XC Camp provides daily fun activities, including a field trips to beautiful parks such as Garden of the Gods. This camp will help campers develop as a runner, while gaining self-confidence and making new friends.
- Dates: July 9-12; July 12-15
- Age Group: 13-17 (High School)
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp Type: Overnight
- Schedule: A more detailed schedule will be sent out approximately 3 weeks prior to camp start
- Check-in: Sunday, July 9 or Wednesday, July 12, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
- Check-out: Wednesday, July 12 or Saturday, July 15, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
- Location: Roaring Fork Dining Hall- UC Colorado Springs
- View the campus map here
- Meals: All meals are provided at the on-campus dining facility. Food allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
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: Assigned at check-in
- Campers Per Room: 2
- Roommates: Guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
- Bathrooms: Shared on floor
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: Yes
- Key Deposit: TBD
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: UC Colorado Springs, local roads, trails, and parks
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)
- Laundry detergent
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 AM Breakfast
- 8:15 AM Learning Session-Guest Speaker
- 9:00 AM Depart for run at Bear Creek Park
- 9:30 AM Workout begins
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 1:00 PM Free time
- 2:00 PM Learning session
- 3:30 PM Interactive strength/mobility session
- 5:00 PM Free time or optional learning session – i.e. Transitioning to College / Recruiting
- 6:30 PM Dinner
- 8:00 PM Learning Session-goal setting and mental strategies
- 9:00 PM Free time
- 10:30 PM Lights out
Located at the base of the iconic Pulpit Rock, the Mountain Lion Fieldhouse offers one of the finest indoor track and field facility in the NCAA. The Fieldhouse boasts a 200-meter, 19 meter radius track oval with eight sprint lanes. It is home of the UCCS XC program. Most of our tactical/strength/and guest speaker sessions are held in this new facility.
Training runs taking place at Bear Creek Park, Garden of the Gods, and Gold Camp Road.
Camp Questions & Answers
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 do you accommodate roommate requests?
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 2 weeks before the start of camp. Campers who do not submit a roommate request will be placed in a dorm with other runners, similar age and same gender.
How and when will I receive my Information packet with important camp details?
Well before the start of your camp (at least 3 weeks), you will receive an Information Packet which will include all the important details about camp: directions to camp, when to arrive, what to pack/ bring, camp address (for mail) and key camp phone numbers and the Medical/ Release form, etc.
Does the Health & Release Form need to be signed by a doctor?
Our Health & Release Form does not require a doctor’s signature. This online form is required to be filled out accurately, signed by the parent (guardian), and completed before the first day of camp.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Campers dine in the school 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 Camp Director (contact information will be provided in Information Packet or email us at [email protected]).
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.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Overall Average RatingStars
2022: I enjoyed getting to work closely with a college coach during the workouts and q&a's. I also had a really great time making friends!
Incredible Coaching Staff
2022: There was a camp counselor by the name of Evan Graff he was my camp counselor. Me and him made this unbreakable bond and friendship there and hopefully that wasn't the last time we saw each other.
July 21, 2019: Each run was fun and a learning experience, as well as a challenge. I especially liked the long run we did, since it was really difficult but was also lots of fun and provided beautiful views of Colorado Springs
— Eric D. Camper
Wished it was longer
July 20, 2019: I had an amazing time at this camp, and only wished that it was a little longer. The counselors were very nice and helpful, and I got along with the other kids very well. The food was very high quality, the dorms were spacious, and the games were a lot of fun. On the last day, I felt that the run was very challenging, yet at the end, I felt accomplished. The learning sessions were helpful and I will definitely incorporate some of the things I learned in my training. My only complaint is that there were a few too many learning sessions crammed into the days, but otherwise they were great. Overall, I had an awesome time at camp and would definitely consider coming back next year
— Wayne F. Parent
July 19, 2019: This was her first overnight camp and she really enjoyed getting to feel a bit of independence and freedom. She made some new friends and learned some additional tactics to use down the road.
— Ben K. Parent
My son loved the guest speakers!
July 23, 2018: He really enjoyed meeting the Olympic athletes and especially liked the talk given by the European runner. He also loved how the camp covered the mental aspect of running.
— Paige S., Parent
I would definitely recommend
July 25, 2018: My son had a great time at camp. He really enjoyed the coaches and will be back next year!
— Kim Y., Parent
Loved the cross training
July 22, 2018: The training was very organised and enjoyable. The different provided options for each workout gave everybody an option to choose from that suited their level.
— Amy G., Parent
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.