Nike XC Camp of Champions Stanford University
Join us at Stanford's Camp of Champions!
2024 Dates Announced!
The Nike Cross Country Camp at Stanford University is called the “Camp of Champions” for good reason - Stanford enjoys international recognition for its ability to turn talented young athletes into world-class runners.
The Camp of Champions offers campers the rare opportunity to experience first hand, the life of a Stanford student-athlete. Runners are placed in small compatible groups based on weekly mileage, current fitness, ability, and XC experience. Each running group is assigned an experienced counselor, for specialized training and individual attention. Instruction is given by Stanford coaches & staff.
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- Our camps are open to any and all entrants, ages: 12-18
- Any athlete who has sufficient preparatory education to be academically eligible to enter college in the fall following the camp date will not be permitted to attend the camp.
- Drugs, alcohol and smoking are strictly prohibited and constitute grounds for immediate dismissal from camp.
Updated April 6, 2023: COVID Guidelines: You are required to attest to the following when registering your child for a camp or clinic at Stanford University:
- I attest the camp participant will be tested for COVID-19 (rapid tests accepted) within 24 hours of the start of the program and show proof of a negative test result to the camp director on the first day of the program prior to the start of the program.
- If the camp participant cannot provide proof of a negative test result upon arrival, then I allow the camp staff to conduct a rapid test on site and confirm a negative test result.
- I understand that camp staff can perform testing of symptomatic campers and reserve the right to screen all participants for COVID-19.
- I understand that if the camp participant tests positive for COVID-19 while at camp, they will need to leave immediately.
- I understand that failure to comply with the stated policy results in my child not being able to participate in the camp or clinic. In addition, I understand that failure to comply with the stated policy does not result in a refund of any camp fees paid.
- Specific Training for all levels/abilities
- Knowledgeable & Inspiring Guest Speakers
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
- Open to Ages 12-18
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Director J.J. Clark
.J. Clark was named Stanford’s Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field on July 25, 2019. Clark oversees Stanford’s track and field and cross country programs.He arrived after serving as the head coach of the women’s cross country and track and field programs at Connecticut for the previous five seasons.Clark also served as the head coach and Director of Track and Field/Cross Country at Tennessee from 2001-14, leading the Lady Vols to NCAA indoor championships in 2005 and 2009. Clark was also an assistant coach for the 2008 Olympic team and has coached two USA World Championship teams.View J.J.'s Bio ⟩
During his tenure at Connecticut, Clark worked primarily with the distance runners and guided the Huskies to back-to-back American Athletic Conference women’s indoor track and field titles (2015-16), in addition to the school’s first AAC women’s cross country crown in 2017. Most recently this spring, Kat Surin and Susan Aneno earned second-team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
At Tennessee, Clark served as the women’s track and field head coach until 2011, before he was promoted to Director of Track and Field/Cross Country and oversaw both the men’s and women’s programs. Clark led the Lady Vols to NCAA indoor crowns in 2005 and 2009, with Tennessee producing nine combined NCAA indoor/outdoor top-10 finishes during his career.
Under Clark’s leadership, Tennessee captured three SEC indoor championships and five SEC cross country titles. The Lady Vols claimed 61 individual SEC titles while establishing six American records and two world records. Clark was a three-time SEC Indoor Coach of the Year and a three-time SEC Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Clark was named National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in 2009 and the United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA) in 2005. Forty-six of his Tennessee student-athletes combined to earn 192 All-America honors.
During his combined tenures at Tennessee and Florida, Clark earned 21 coach of the year accolades (11 track and field with 10 cross country).
On the international scene, Clark was the United States women's middle distance assistant coach at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic games. He was also the United States head coach for the World Championship Team in 2001 and an assistant coach in 1997, specializing in middle distance.
At the 2000 U.S. Olympic trials, Clark was part of a historic moment as he coached his wife (Jearl Miles-Clark) and two sisters (Hazel Clark, Joetta Clark Diggs) to a sweep in the 800 meters and the trio advanced to the Sydney Games. Clark also coached his wife to the 800 American record (1:56.40), which lasted 20 years.
Staff Coach Ricardo Santos
Ricardo Santos came to Stanford in August of 2019 and was named an assistance coach for the distance programs by J.J. Clark, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field.In his first Stanford cross country season, the Cardinal women were third and the men sixth at the NCAA Championships. Alex Ostberg, Alek Parsons, and Steven Fahy earned All-America honors for the men, as did Ella Donaghu, Jessica Lawson, and Fiona O'Keeffe for the women.View Ricardo's Bio ⟩
The Stanford women captured conference and regional titles in the same season for the first time since 2007. Stanford's women placed 1-2-3 at the Pac-12 Championships, doing so for the first time since 2006.
Santos comes to The Farm from Boston Athletic Association, where he has coached the high performance team since March of 2018. Prior to that, he was Director of Cross Country and Track and Field at Iona College from 2008-18, helping the men place second at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships, and earning eight other top-10 finishes. He also coached Kate Avery to the 2014 NCAA cross country title.
Assistant Coach Addy Royal
Addy Royal is in her first season as an assistant coach working with the men’s and women’s distance programs. Royal was a volunteer assistant coach as Stanford swept the 2020-21 Pac-12 men’s and women’s cross country titles. Stanford also was the only school to place both teams among the top five at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.View Addy's Bio ⟩
Four runners were named All-Americans and Ella Donaghu and Alek Parsons were named cross country Scholar-Athletes of the Year in the Pac-12.
Royal came to Stanford from UC San Diego, where she was an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s distance runners and director of operations from 2018-20.
In 2019, Royal played part in the Triton men's first trip back to the NCAA Championships since 2007 after a seventh-place finish at Regionals. She also coached freshman Samantha Rocke to an at-large berth to the national meet. Three runners were named both All-California Collegiate Athletic Association and All-West Region.
As a men’s and women’s distance assistant at Southern Oregon from 2016-18, Royal helped guide the men's team to an NAIA championship in 2016 and a fourth-place finish in 2017. She also led the women's team to seventh at the 2016 NAIA Championships. Six Raiders were named NAIA All-Americans during her two seasons.
Royal is a 2016 graduate of Sacramento State in 2016, where she majored in communication studies with a concentration in digital media. She went on to earn a master's in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership/Coaching at the University of Washington in 2018.
As a collegiate athlete, Royal was part of four Big Sky Conference outdoor championship teams. She was No. 7 on the Hornets’ all-time performers’ list in the steeplechase and was named to the Big Sky All-Academic team.
Royal starred on the Oak Harbor (Wash.) High School cross country and track teams and played basketball. She was a two-time Junior Olympics national steeplechase runner-up and a state 3A finalist in the 800. She was a member of the National Honor Society and a Coca-Cola Scholar.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
Training and instruction are provided in breakout sessions led by the Stanford Camp Counselor Staff, including current Stanford coaches and student-athletes. The camp also employs counselors from other collegiate institutions, providing campers with a broad range of insight and experience from coaches and athletes from around the country. The week will also include speakers and panel discussions with counselor staff including topics such as training, competition, balance, motivation, sleep and nutrition.
Campers engage with Stanford’s impressive coaching staff that consistently produces NCAA All-Americans, National Champions, and Olympians. The camp counselors include current and former Stanford distance athletes who work with campers in small groups and offer their advice on training and racing as elite student-athletes.
A representative from the Stanford admissions office attends a session dedicated to the college recruiting process, offering valuable advice to campers.
Early pick-up requests must include contact information for the parent/guardian of the camper, a signature approving the early departure, as well as the method of pick up (e.g., parent/relative will pick up, Uber, car service, etc.).
- July 8 - 11, 2024
- July 15 - 18, 2024
- Ages: 12-18
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp type: Day, Half-Day
- Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (Full Day); 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (Half-Day)
- Check-in: 15 minutes prior to camp start time
- Location: Cobb Track & Angell Field- Stanford University
- View the campus map here
- Lunch: Campers should bring their own lunch and snacks
- On-campus Dining Suggestions (Campers MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian):
- Jimmy V's Sports Cafe
- Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) | Dinning
- Jimmy V's Sports Cafe
Please find Stanford University's Visitor Parking Information here.
You can view Stanford University's Parking Map here. The parking zone closest to Cobb Track & Angell Field is at the Track House Parking Lot adjacent to the track and next to the Stanford Athletics Shop.
PREPARE FOR CAMP:
Please make sure you have your proof of a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours prior to the start of camp (PCR, Rapid, and home tests accepted).
Remember to complete your USSC Health & Release forms, which will be sent via email 3 weeks prior to the start of camp. All health forms must be completed and submitted online prior to camp check-in.
*Note: If you are registered for a Nike Stanford Cross Country or Track & Field Camp, you cannot view your enrollment in the USSC Customer Portal. Please wait for your Camp Information Landing Page email to be sent to you approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the camp start for more information and the USSC online Health & Release forms.
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, ability and event
- Evaluation: by coaching staff
- Equipment Needed: Campers should bring at least one pair of broken in running shoes. Event shoes/spikes are recommended but not required. Please be sure to properly mark your equipment, so that it can be easily identified.
- Facility: Stanford University, local roads and trails
- Cross Country/Distance Running
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.
- Extra Athletic clothing
- 1-2 pairs of broken in running shoes/ event spikes
- Non-running shoes
- Water bottle
- Packed lunch and snacks
- Small gym bag/backpack
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.
Please note Stanford University's cancellation policy: For any cancellation prior to 14 days from the camp start date, a refund will be issued to the payment method on file, less the $100 cancellation fee. For any cancellation within the 14-day period prior to the camp start date, no refund or credit voucher will be issued. Credit vouchers are not redeemable at any Stanford University camp.
For information regarding all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE CROSS COUNTRY CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our Cros Country camps please see our FAQ page.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45 am Camper Drop Off/Check In
- 9:00 am Depart for Morning Run
- 10:15 am Stretching + Active Recovery
- 10:45 am Guest Speaker
- 11:45 am Morning Recap
- 12:00 pm Lunch (Bring Own Lunch)
- 1:00 pm 2nd Run, Drills, Strides
- 2:45 pm Meet in Counselor Groups for Recap and Check Out
- 3:00 pm Camper Pick Up & Departure
The beautiful Stanford campus and hills surrounding the University offer cross country runners miles of challenging and pristine trails.
Campers train at the Cobb Track and Angell Field as well as participate in choreographed runs through the beautiful Stanford campus. Campers may also be bused to nearby Huddart Park for longer distance runs. The forested slopes and steep cool canyons provide campers with a picturesque and challenging terrain.
Camp Questions & Answers
I have a credit/voucher from another US Sports Camp. Can I use it for the Stanford XC Camp of Champions?
No. Unfortunately, credits/vouchers from all other US Sports Camps cannot be applied to any camp at Stanford University.
What is the cancellation policy?
Please note the unique cancellation policy for the Stanford Camp of Champions:
All campers must cancel their registration at least 14 days prior to the start of camp to receive a full refund less a $100 cancellation fee. Any cancellations within the 14-day period leading up to camp do not receive any refund. Credit vouchers are not issued for cancellation, and credit vouchers are not redeemable at any Stanford University camp.
What is the difference between track and field and cross country camp?
Stanford Track and Field/Cross Country Camp operates as two camps in one and offers the best of both worlds for any budding athlete! While we meet together for check in, meals, and guest speakers, we will separate cross country and track and field campers for all of our “training” sessions. Cross Country includes longer mileage runs and some track workouts. Cross Country also does two off-campus, longer distance runs that will take place on local trails and jogging paths. Track and Field offers workouts/training in the following disciplines: sprints/hurdles, jumps (pole vault, high jump and horizontal jumps), and throws (shot put, discus, hammer, javelin).
I run the 800-meters, which camp should I register for?
Great question! Cross Country Camp features more distance-based training, with athletes running approximately 3-8 miles per session. The sprints group will focus more on drills, form, block starts, and shorter-distance, speed-based workouts. If you are unsure of which group you belong, please speak to your counselor and we will ensure that you have the BEST POSSIBLE training experience.
Will a campus tour or admissions information be included for interested campers?
No. Campus tours or admissions discussions will not be conducted as part of Stanford Track and Field/Cross Country Camp. Campers interested in a campus tour should visit the Stanford Visitors’ Center website for more information - http://visit.stanford.edu/basics/visitor_center.html. Please note: Tours should be scheduled AFTER camp has concluded. Campers will not be released to participate in any outside activities during the duration of camp.
I am interested in running in college - Will there be information about this process provided to campers?
Stanford Track and Field/Cross Country Camp will feature both coach and student-athlete panel discussions. Campers will have the opportunity to submit questions to be answered during the discussions. Our coaching staff features both coaches and current student athletes from all levels of collegiate track and field (Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, etc.), and we are confident we can offer a broad insight to all athletes interested in competing at the next level.
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 completed online, accurately, signed by the parent (guardian), and submitted before the 1st day of camp.
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?
In order to keep up with the general rigor of runs/workouts, we recommend that athletes are able to run AT LEAST three miles consecutively before attending cross country camp.
Cross country campers will run between three and eight miles per session, with up to two sessions a day. A typical day includes a longer distance run during the morning session, and a workout/track session (fartlek, interval training, hill repeats, etc.) in the afternoon. Distances and paces for each session will be based on runner mileage and ability.
How are runners placed in their running groups?
The staff will determine running groups based upon age, experience, and weekly mileage. We will start most runs in groups based on mileage for the day (e.g. 4-mile group, 6-mile group, etc.). Track workouts will be based on prescribed paces.
Does this camp have medical personnel on staff?
We have a certified athletic training on-site and a doctor on-call at all times in case of a training injury or medical ailment/emergency. If you have a medical issue that may affect your performance or participation in certain activities while at camp, please be prepared to speak to the athletic training staff at check in.
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp.
Are meals provided?
No, campers should bring their own lunch/snack.
August 4, 2023: Professional coaches that were distinguished in their sport
Thank you for a fun week!
The overall experience, from the training to social aspects, were fun. To many fun things to choose just one highlight.
— Parent of Attendee from a Similar 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.