Nike Cross Country Camp University of San Diego
Run | Body | Spirit
2023 DATES ANNOUNCED!
Join us for an informative, challenging, and fun week at the University of San Diego with Head Coach Will Guarino.
Campers are placed in training groups based on their age, current weekly mileage and fitness level. Campers are shuttled off-campus to various running trails in beautiful, sunny San Diego, including a trip to the gorgeous Mission Bay.
The 2023 Nike XC Camp at University of San Diego has two overnight camp sessions for middle and high school XC runners to choose from: 11-14 June and/or 16-19 July.
- Off-Campus Trail Running
- Fun and Educational Activities
- Guest Speakers
- Low Camper to Staff Ratio
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Camp Director Will Guarino
Will Guarino is in his 15th year with the Toreros. He is the Head Coach for Men's and Women's Cross Country and the Women's Track team.View Will's Bio & Cross Country Tips ⟩
Coach Guarino had an immediate impact in his first year of coaching at USD as he guided Tiffany Marley to capture the WCC Women's Cross Country crown, the only one in program history. He works diligently in bringing the Torero program to new heights. He added the women's track & field program as an NCAA sanctioned sport in 2008.
Under his guidance, female athletes have set school records in the Women's 800m, 1500m, 3km, 5km, and 10km. His male athletes also hold records in the 800m, 1500m, 3km, 8km and 10km. Academic excellence has gone far beyond athletic competition and into the classroom. USD has received the distinguished honor of being in the top ten percent of academic classes. It is a recognition award that the NCAA has given to the Women's Track & Field program consistently since 2011.
As an undergraduate at USD, Guarino was runner up at the 10,000m WCC Championship Cross Country meet and was named USD's Most Valuable runner. He received his bachelor's in Spanish and minored in Business from USD in 1988. He continues to champion education in sports and held a distance coaching clinic featuring legendary coaches Joe Vigil, Joe Newton and Dan Green at the University of San Diego.
Coach Guarino will treat you like one of his athletes for the four days of camp. He will guide you towards making your dream of running faster a reality. You will have the opportunity to ask many questions during the break out sessions and throughout the hikes after your running workouts.
Guarino lives in San Diego with his wife, Michelle, and their three children, Diego, Angelo, and Gabriella.
Cross Country Tips by Will:
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
The Nike Cross Country Camp at the University of San Diego instructs runners on the basic elements of team building, learning how to inspire others, while reaching their own and their team's full potential. The camp teaches principles of team management/ team building, conflict resolution, communication skills, and identifying ways to contribute to furthering a positive team culture.
Coach Guarino instructs during break-out sessions and interactive discussions which take place on campus.
Runners travel to nearby beaches, the San Diego Bay, San Diego's historical sites, and also San Diego's own Balboa Park. Training sessions are for the driven leader, lover of the outdoors and interested in making a significant contribution to their team.
This running camp is for the active endurance athlete interested in building their leadership skills.
- June 11-14
- July 16-19
- Age Group:
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp Type: Overnight
- Check-in: Sunday, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Check-out: Wednesday, 11:00 AM. Breakfast is the last meal on Wednesday
- Location: Mata'yuum Crossroads- University of San Diego
- View the campus map here
- Meals: All meals are provided at the on-campus dining facility.
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: $40 check made payable to US Sports Camps
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: University of San Diego, local roads and trails
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
- 7:15am Wake Up
- 8:00am Morning Run
- 8:45am Stretching
- 9:00am Breakfast
- 10:30am Guest Speaker - Education Session
- 12:00pm Lunch
- 1:00pm Free Time
- 2:00pm Guest Speaker and/or Activities
- 3:15pm Supplementary Session
- 3:45pm Pool or 2nd Run
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 7:30pm Evening Activities
- 10:00pm In rooms, lights out
Perched above Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the University of San Diego is one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, and a fantastic location for camp. Campers stay in the USD dorms, getting a taste for college life in this friendly and welcoming university campus. USD is located just off of the I-5, six miles north of the San Diego Airport and downtown San Diego.
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 are runners placed in their training groups?
Training groups are based on a combination of current/recent weekly mileage and fitness level, season & personal best(s), and home geographical location. A change in groups can be accommodated if staff members leading those groups feel it is needed.
How many miles do we run each day?
Athletes will run 1-2x per day, depending on schedule and campers current fitness level, with morning session being a distance run and the afternoon session being either a 2nd run or active recovery/training activity.
Actual distances vary based on runner’s current mileage and fitness level.
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.
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.
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.
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 online prior to camp arrival.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Overall Average RatingStars
2022: The USD coach presence and actual engagement was everything for this camp. I appreciated the advice given to my son and also having alumni there who ran with USD was powerful.
2022: My child loved running all over San Diego and the involvement of the coach and college kids helping. She had fun and met some great people.
welcoming and exciting camp atmosphere
My daughter loved running on the beach, coaches amazing running lectures and the overall welcoming and exciting feeling the camp provided.
— Fiona A, Parent
Outstanding Experience Summer 2021
Camp was an outstanding experience! Not only did my daughter learn a multitude of things about her sport and her ability, she left with an intense hope and determination to succeed!
— Harper B, Parent
Coach Gaurino is amazing
June 20, 2019: They loved the staff, especially Coach Guarino. They couldn't stop talking about how wonderful he is. My daughter, in particular - who is a rising senior and had a lot of questions about pursuing running in college - was astounded by how much time he spent speaking with her. Their fellow campers came a close second.
— Sean M. Parent
My only regret is not finding this camp years ago
Isabel was so happy and excited she talked the whole 2 hour long ride home. She’s been running at the varsity level on her cross country team since Freshman year and went into this camp thinking it would be just like practice. She was pleasantly surprised how different Coach Will ran his program. My only regret is not finding this camp years ago. Thank you
— Irene S. Parent
Always wanted to come back
July 18, 2018: Loved the experience! 2018 was Frankie's third time at camp. Always wanted to come back.
— Thomas L. Parent
She will be back next year
July 12, 2018: The camp was amazing and she will be back next year. Love the long runs and friends made.
— Milissa S. Parent
Outstanding camp! Looking forward to next year!!
— Jack M., Parent 2017
Perfect blend of training, teaching, and lots of fun!
The running camp at USD is amazing. This was our second year in a row and Coach Guarino not only remembered our camper, but enthusiastically greeted him by name as he was walking up to check in. This camp is friendly, intense, fun, and well organized. It's the perfect blend of training, teaching, and lots of fun in beautiful San Diego. We will definitely be back next year!
— Mark S., Parent 2017
I had a blast running with the some of the USD atheletes and learning so much about running, nutrition and help with school. I would recommend this camp to every runner I know!
— Logan A., Camper 2016
The camp at USD was a great experience and gave a snap shot of what college life can be like for a runner. It was very educational and most of all great at building relationships with other athletes. The leadership portion is going to help me this HS season become a better leader on my squad.
— Isolde E., Camper 2016
Great preparation for growth
I just wanted to share my daughters successes from her first season of high school Cross Country. She placed 5th and led her team to its first ever appearance at the California State Meet. Her time at your camp this past summer had a very positive influence on her, helping her prepare the rigors of her very competitive season. Many thanks! She has grown in so many areas of the sport because of it.
— Jason N., Parent 2016
Made me more passionate about running
Going to the Nike Cross Country Camp in San Diego was a super fun and informational experience. I had so much fun being with other runners who shared the same love for running. I also learned so much about running philosophy, which made me even more passionate about running. I love running and if you do you should definitely come to this camp!
— Wyatt P., Camper
Loved the experience
We were SO impressed with the running camp's itinerary. Filled with fun runs around Balboa Park, Coronado Island & Torrey Pines. My son's favorites were the tough workouts, making new friendships, playing soccer and having a bonfire on the beach! He loved the experience & wants to come back next year!
— Alan W., Parent
Would recommend to anyone
I was really happy this Running Camp took place at University of San Diego. Not too far away from home and where the whether is great! My son had the experience of being away from home for the first time and at the same time a view of living in the dorms like a college student. The experience was great and would recommend to anyone that is interested in a running camp.
— Charlie H., Parent
I expected more individual attention. Video running style & critique, for example.
— Leroy E., Camper 2016
My son loved the cross-country camp! He learned a lot about running and had a super time! The coach was fantastic and planned such fun runs and activities! Very glad we did it!
— Paul D., Parent
This was my first experience going to a running camp since I just joined the sport in fall of 2013. In addition to all the great training, the overall camp experience was excellent. The coaches were all great and it was a lot of fun!
— Ella M., Camper 2014
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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.