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  • 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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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

Overall Average Rating 5.00 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Instructors took time out to demonstrate the drills

    Focusing on the details that aren't usually gone over in practice

    — Parent of Attendee from a Similar Camp in 2022

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


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.

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