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Join the amazing coaching staff at the Nike XC Camp Deep South this summer.

Excellent training, educational breakouts and fun activities define this camp held at John Hunt Cross Country Park.

John Hunt Park is the largest park in Huntsville, and also the site of a well-known cross-country course. Located 3 miles south of downtown, the recently renovated park has numerous recreation facilities and is also home to the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum.

The cross-country course is located in the southern end of the park. The championship caliber cross-country course is a 10-meter wide, manicured grass surface course over rolling hills, with multiple spurred loops providing options for 2-mile, 5K, 6K, 8K, & 10K distances. There are five ponds and numerous mature and blooming trees.

This site has more information on the park, as well as a virtual walk-through of the 5k course!

Highlights Include
  • Coaching by Blake Borden - Alabama State Champion for Huntsville High School.
  • Nike Running Camp T-shirt to all campers.
  • Daily runs, educational breakout sessions and guest speakers.
  • Graduation Day Time Trial on John Hunt XC Course! Friends and Family are encouraged to watch and cheer on campers!
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Camp Coaches

  • Blake Borden

    Director Blake Borden

    Blake Borden is a cross country coach, as well as distance track and field coach at Huntsville High School in Alabama. He has coached the Panthers since 2016.

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Camp Details

You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.

The Nike Deep South XC Camp operates as a Day Camp Only, Campers should bring their own lunch each day - lunch will not be provided.

The Deep South XC Camp puts great emphasis on teaching runners the fundamentals, race strategy, smart training. The instruction is serious, the training is right for this time of the summer, and there are opportunities to make new friends and to have fun.

Nike Deep South XC Camp is open to High School runners, ages 13-17yrs.

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Specific strength and mobility sessions to help teach our runners how to train their body to handle the mileage and how to avoid injury. Additional breakout topics include nutrition, prepping for your season, goal setting and race strategy planning.


  • Dates: 2024 Dates Coming Soon. Join Priority List!
  • Age Group: 13-17 (high school/entering high school)
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Camp Type: Day
  • Check-in: 7:00am, daily
  • Check-out: 3:00pm, daily
  • Meals: Campers should bring their own lunch and snacks


  • 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. Racing flats/spikes are optional. Please be sure to properly mark your equipment, so that it can be easily identified. Please review the Camp Information Packet for a detailed checklist of items to bring.
  • Facility: John Hunt Park/cross country course


The staff will provide supervision between camp check-in/check-out hours (7:00am - 3:00pm); there is no supervision provided outside of camp hours.

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.


All registered campers are required to have a parent or legal guardian fill out US Sports Camps’ mandatory Health & Release Forms online before arrival at camp. This camp does NOT require a doctor's signature on the forms.


A detailed Camp Information Packet containing check-in location and address, on-site staff contact information, a checklist of things to bring, site-specific forms, and more will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. To check if your Camp Information Packet is ready, click here.


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.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 am Check-In
  • 7:30 am Stretching + Warm-up
  • 8:00 am Run
  • 9:00 am Cool Down + Stretching + Water Break
  • 10:00 am Guest Speaker
  • 11:00 am Lunch (Bring own Lunch)
  • 12:00 pm Break Out Session
  • 1:00 pm Group Activity or 2nd Run
  • 3:00 pm Depart

Camp Questions & Answers

Will Deep South XC Camp offer Overnight & Day Camp Options in 2022?

The 2022 Nike Deep South XC Camp is offering a Day Camp Only (Campers should bring their own lunch).

How are runners placed in their running groups?

Training groups are based on a combination of recent weekly mileage, pace per mile, and season best(s), as well as a campers geographic location.

A change in groups can be accommodated if staff members leading those groups feel it is needed.

What happens if it starts to rain during camp?

All campers receive their full running program each day weather permitting. In the threat of severe weather, we adjust our schedule for the outdoor training runs.

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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 contact information, and the Medical/Release forms, 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 online before your first day of camp.

Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?

Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff, providing supervision during instruction, lunch breaks, and during training and group activities. All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp.

Can I come to camp alone or do I have to be a member of a team?

Deep South XC Camp welcomes individual campers and teams. It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for XC and to have FUN!

Does Deep South have medical personnel on staff?

We have a certified athletic trainer on-staff.

How many miles will we run each day?

Campers will run 1x or 2x per day, depending on schedule. The morning run is more of a distance run and the afternoon session is an opportunity to work on specific training, drills, active rest activities, etc.

Actual distances vary based on runners mileage and ability.

Camp Reviews

Overall Average Rating 5.00 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    It helped her to love the game more

    The Junior Counselors and everyone shared a common knowledge of getting better

    — Parent of Attendee from a Similar Camp in 2022

Nike Cross Country Camp Deep South

Blake Borden, Director
John Hunt Cross Country Park, 2151 Airport Rd SW, Huntsville, AL 35801, United States
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
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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