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The Nike Cross Country Camp at the University of California, Santa Cruz gives middle and high school XC runners the chance to learn and run in one of the finest and most picturesque training environments on the West Coast.

Register for this overnight XC camp from July 14-17, 2022 and have a blast!

UPDATE 04/26/22: Per UC Santa Cruz policies, all campers are required to 1) show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination; or 2) have proof and show an approved medical exemption. If exempt, the camper must show a negative Covid-19 test result from an at-home rapid test or a PCR test from a facility, taken within 48-hours prior to arrival. Unvaccinated participants who do not have a medical exemption are not allowed. All campus visitors regardless of vaccination status are required to complete a UCSC COVID Clearance Survey and show proof of securing clearance prior to entering UCSC facilities.

Highlights Include
  • Nike Running Camp T-shirt
  • Training by top-notch college coaches
  • Trail & beach running
  • For boys and girls ages 12-17
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Camp Coaches

  • Director David Klech

    In summer 2017, David Klech was promoted to head coach of the UC Santa Cruz track & field and cross country teams after serving for a season as an assistant coach. David has been involved in a championship college program both as an athlete and a coach.

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Camp Details


Nike Cross Country Camp at UC Santa Cruz is open to any ability level, from beginners to state champion runners. The only requirement is the desire to run, have fun, and be the best you can be!

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Camp Dates: Thursday July 14 to Sunday July 17

  • Check-in: Registration for all campers is between 10:00am-11:00am at the residence hall.
  • Check-out: Check out for all campers at 2:00pm-3:00pm. Lunch is the last meal.

What's included in the fee?

  • Professional coaching and instruction, all meals, on-campus housing, supervision and evening activities.
  • Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.

The Workouts

Morning practices are the more challenging workouts of the day, and focus on the actual running. Our coaches explain to the athletes the benefits of each workout, and how they build to maximize your potential. The workouts do not take the place of your high school or club program, but instead should raise your awareness of what it means to be a “complete runner.”

The afternoon practices are “active clinics.” In the afternoon, we teach race strategies, proper form drills, warm-up & warm-down routines, strength training, and plyometrics.

Leaving our camp, the athletes have a full understanding of the importance of all aspects of training. You train in a beautiful, highly motivational environment with great coaches, collegiate runners as counselors, surrounded by great peer runners.

The Clinics

Each day you attend two running clinics covering a variety of topics that both educate and motivate you to take your running to the next level. You learn the fundamentals of proper distance running training, including the importance of proper nutrition, visualization techniques, goal setting, race techniques, flexibility, and recovery. NCAA collegiate coaches discuss what it takes to put together championship teams, and how you can use these same ideas to improve your team back home.


  • Runners are grouped by XC experience, weekly mileage, and current camp fitness level.


  • Campus Dorms
  • Campers Per Room: 2
  • Roommates: if you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so no later than 14 days before the start of camp. After that, the request cannot be guaranteed.
  • Bathrooms: on every floor
  • Linens: not provided
  • Air Conditioning: no, fan recommended
  • Key Deposit: UC Santa Cruz requires a room key deposit of $75, and a separate $10 meal card deposit. Please bring two checks payable to "US Sports Camp" for those amounts. We hold checks until the key is returned on the last day, at which time the checks are returned.
  • Spending Money: $40, please do NOT bring a pre-written check. There is a small camp store with snacks, drinks and Santa Cruz apparel for sale.
  • Medical Facility: A certified athletic trainer is on-site and a doctor is on-call for emergencies


  • Airport: San Jose Mineta (SJC) Airport
  • Transportation: not provided

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00am Wake up & breakfast
  • 8:30am Morning clinic
  • 9:30am Morning practice
  • 10:30am Open recreation
  • 12:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm Open recreation
  • 3:00pm Afternoon practice
  • 4:30pm Advanced clinic
  • 5:30pm Dinner
  • 6:30pm Camp games
  • 8:00pm Evening program
  • 9:00pm Departure - Extended Day Campers
  • 9:30pm Bed Check
  • 10:00pm Lights Out

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UC Santa Cruz is located just 35 miles from San Jose, on a beautiful coastal campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and surrounded by gorgeous views and towering redwoods.

Campers stay and eat on campus at UCSC facilities. Runs take place on campus, utilizing some of the over 20 miles of off-road trails, or just five minutes from campus at the beach! Our camp is designed to teach you the fundamentals of cross country, and prepare you for your upcoming fall season. The emphasis is to provide a fun-filled week of learning and training.

Camp Questions & Answers

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 a Information Packet which will include all the important details about camp: directions to camp, when to arrive, what to pack/ bring, camp address, 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 form is required to be filled out accurately, signed by the parent (guardian), and and submitted online 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 school’s Dining Services to make the proper accommodations.

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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?

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 dorm with other runners, similar age and same gender.

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!

Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.56 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Learned alot

    August 17, 2019: Owen really liked his counselor and he said he learned a lot about stretching he needs to do for various runs.

    — Jennifer B. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Trail running

    August 16, 2019: Eli loved running on the trails in the forest and by the ocean with a friendly group of teens and energetic staff

    — Kim F. Parent

    • 4/5.
    Coach Klech is amazing

    August 15, 2019: A definite highlight was getting to know the Head Coach David Klech so well. He is enthusiastic, experienced and has a wealth of knowledge. He got to know Gaby so well as an individual, that he was able to recite her time goals for upcoming xcountry and track seasons.

    — Laura C. Parent

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    • 5/5.
    Beach day was the best!

    August 13, 2018: The highlight was when we went to wilder park and ran right near the beach and then went to the beach afterwards because this was such a relaxing run and a fun time at the beach. She loved learning about the different places they ran and what they learned about becoming a better runner all around.

    — Gail M. Parent

    • 5/5.
    The camp curriculum is fantastic

    August 13, 2018: My daughter really enjoyed getting to meet so many people that were positive and excited about running. The coaches and counselors were all super enthusiastic and my daughter really loved them all. The camp curriculum is fantastic.

    — Denise O. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Beautiful area to run

    August 16, 2018: The camp was fun in a beautiful area to run. I enjoyed being with other runners, enjoyed free time with other campers. Loved the positive and inclusive attitude of the camp staff.

    — Zach E. Camper

    • 5/5.
    Amazing trails

    August 24, 2018: I loved running nice trails with more experienced kids. The coaches were very friendly and knowledgeable.

    — Jack S. Camper

    • 5/5.
    Very inspiring

    The Nike Cross Country Camp at UC Santa Cruz was the perfect balance of intense training and great fun. Coach Boothe was very inspiring and encouraged me to push myself to acheive my absolute best. I can't wait to come back next year and improve my skills even more. Thank you so much for everything!

    — Alicia K., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    Customized workouts

    Coach Boothe did a great job customizing the intensity of the workouts without making my child feel singled out.

    — Alan F., Parent 2016

    • 5/5.
    Great info to share with my coach

    Awesome instruction on proper running technique to decrease my workload and great pointers on proper warm-up -- lots of great info to share with my coach at home.

    — Garrett H., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    Amazing trails

    My daughter loved this camp. The trails were amazing and the staff was super helpful and friendly. She also made a lot of like-minded friends.

    — Samantha E., Parent 2016

    • 5/5.
    Very informative

    Nike Running Camps at UC Santa Cruz supports experienced runners as well as newer runners who may be just getting introduced to the sport. Coach Boothe was very informative, the location was great, and there was lots of training. Friendly environment!

    — Royce B., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    Complete running experience

    Provided a complete running experience, including conditioning, racing strategy, and increasing love of the sport.

    — Will C., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    Rigorous workouts and fantastic clinics!

    I loved meeting other runner and running with them! It was really fun all the time but we still had rigorous workouts and fantastic clinics!

    — Angela S., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    Would like more clinics

    Would like more clinics like Nutrition, Recovery Session (i.e. rollers), Sports Psychology - getting over the psychological obstacle, Race Day Preparation. Stuff like that.

    — Timothy B., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    Would run again

    This is a stellar camp, 10/10 would run again

    — Jake B., Camper 2016

Nike Cross Country Camp UC Santa Cruz

David Klech, Director
OPERS East Field House
1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, California 95064
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226
Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm PST

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