Nike Cross Country Camp at Emory & Henry College
2023 CAMP DATES ANNOUNCED!
Join the founder of Train with Kenyans at the Nike Running Camp at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia!
Run on some of the best trails in America!
XC runners have the opportunity to experience the Train with Kenyans program, where we bring a very unique running experience full of fun experiences and excellent training. Campers have access to runs right from campus and on the nearby amazing trails.
- Top notch, middle school, high school and college coaching
- Uniquely professionalized training and education program
- Superior facilities: beautiful campus of Emory and Henry College with various outdoor activities
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
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Head Coach Coach Zion
David Cheromei continues to be director of the camp. David Cheromei is the founder and director of Train with Kenyans. David is former head cross country/track & field coach at Emory & Henry College. He oversaw all aspects of the cross country and track & field programs.View David's Bio ⟩
A native of Eldoret, Kenya, Cheromei - also known as Coach Zion - most recently served as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Cheromei was responsible for creating the training program for both teams. He also assisted with day-to-day operations including academic advising for both squads. Cheromei was a highly-decorated collegiate distance runner winning 10 NAIA national titles, including three-straight championships in his specialty, the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He became the third runner in NAIA history to capture three-consecutive steeplechase crowns and set a meet record (8:40.03) as a senior in 2007. While at Virginia Intermont, Cheromei was a part of a men's cross country squad that won three-consecutive NAIA team titles (2004-06). He was the individual national champion in 2006. In indoor track & field, Cheromei took home the 2005 national championship in the 5,000 meters and won the 3,000-meter crown in both 2006 and 2007. He was also a part of VI’s champion distance medley relay squad in 2006. David coordinates in inviting Kenyan elite athletes and guest speakers.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
We teach and demonstrate the principles which make Kenyans the most successful runners in history: Simplicity, Focus, Belief, and Togetherness. Through classroom instruction on subjects such as nutrition and racing strategy, field instruction on running form and core strength, as well as running and talking with elite Kenyan athletes, the student gains knowledge and the confidence to reach new heights in the cross country and track seasons.
Since this is an instructional camp, the emphasis will be on the skills learned and not the miles covered. We hold three workouts per day: a morning run, and afternoon drills session and an evening run. These are opportunities to model the skills taught and serve as another forum for instruction. This year we are dividing the camp into three levels based on experience and ability. This ensures that a runner is continually challenged in their training and can grow in their knowledge and mastery of this great sport.
This is a fairly rigorous program with early runs beginning at 7am, but we believe that runners runs best when they are having fun. We hold talent competitions, goofy Olympics and other games to help strengthen the bond between training groups and counselors. We also participate in other fun outdoor activities available at Emory and Henry College. If you are a distance runner who aspires to improve, or a distance running coach who wishes to gain more insights into the craft of distance running, you do not want to miss this great opportunity to learn from the best in the world.
- Dates: July 16-20
- Age Group: 12-17
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp Type: Overnight
- Check-in: Sunday, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
- Check-out: Thursday, 11:00 AM
- Location: Martin Brock Student Center- Emory & Henry College
- 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: TBD
- Campers Per Room: 2
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: No, fan recommended
- Key Deposit: $150 check made out 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: Emory & Henry College, local roads/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.
WHO ARE TRAIN WITH KENYANS, LLC?
Train With Kenyans (TWK) is small LLC with global hopes and visions. We seek to develop global athletes by providing a uniquely Kenyan training experience. We combine Kenyan training principles and American resources in order to impact both American and Kenyan runners.
WHY AND HOW?
There are several people that help make Train With Kenyans the successful and effective camp that it is. The Camp Directors, the Elite Athletes and the staff all come together for a week to provide high quality training, instruction and fun. However, there are a host of other athletes and support staff runners may never see or hear from that have been invaluable in providing the highest quality of training and instruction offered among running camps.
WHY KENYAN TRAINING?
Since the 1960s, the nation of Kenya has dominated the distance events in track and the marathon. These statistics are even more pronounced when one also considers their annual domination of the highest level of international competition in the IAAF World Cross Country Meet.
Some people believe that Kenyan runners are naturally FAST due to their genetics or environment. Yes, that can play a role, but in reality it is because Kenyans approach their training with PURE intention. The Kenyan method of training is often better, harder and more crystallized than the rest of the world. Did you know that Kenyans are not the ONLY fast runners; any runner from ANYWHERE can be as good as Kenyans! YOU CAN BE AS FAST AS A KENYAN. Come learn the Kenyan way of training and take your running to another level!Show Less See More Camp Details
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 am Morning run
- 8:30 am Breakfast
- 9:45 am Morning clinic / presentation
- 11:45 am Stability / running form / strength / demonstration etc.
- 12:15 pm Lunch
- 1:00 pm Rest, reading, journaling
- 2:00-4:00 pm High altitude trail training run
- 4:30-5:30 pm Afternoon swim / Pool running for recovery
- 6:00 pm Dinner
- 7:00 pm Guest speaker or evening activity
- 9:00pm Departure: Day Campers
- 9:30pm Room Check
- 10:00 Lights Out
On 335 acres, located in the Highlands of Virginia, runners stay on campus and enjoy their meals in the school's main dining hall.
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2022: Coach Zion had the ability to connect with each camper on different levels. The respect and positive attitude and most of all discipline towards each activity was emphasized. This was my camper's first sleep away camp and they made friends, improved running form and realized their running talent. Running on the VCT(Virginia Creeper Trail) for the tempo runs was new as my camper had not done tempo runs and they loved it! It was educational, bonding, hard work that we are doing it again next year and bringing along new runners with us.
Loved the coaches
July 21, 2019: Madoc enjoyed the daily runs and couldn't stop talking about the swim in the cold water. He loved meeting all of the coaches.
— Holli L. Parent
July 20, 2019: Meeting and being able to train with a world record holder (Daniel Komen). Meeting new friends while learning new techniques of running and how to improve your time. Being able to run/train in a beautiful environment of Emory, Virginia.
— Cassie S. Parent
July 20, 2019: Beck arrived as the youngest camper and came home with the 'most outgoing' award. He was fully included by everyone despite the age difference and had the best time. We were surprised with Daniel Komen and Abraham Kiplagat as instructors along with Coach Zion and Bethany. Beck can't wait to return next year.
— Wendy F. Parent
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.