Nike Cross Country Camp Lake Tahoe
High altitude training at its best!
2023 DATES ANNOUNCED!
The Nike Lake Tahoe High Altitude XC Camp is sure to provide a memorable summer camp experience in South Lake Tahoe!
A beautiful Northern California XC camp location at Tahoe Prep Academy in South Lake Tahoe, California, offering a picturesque setting and high altitude trails for XC runners looking to train, improve, and have fun!
The Nike Lake Tahoe High Altitude XC Camp offers a mix of learning, training, and recreation for both high school and middle school cross country runners, and delivers an action-packed week of training, competition, and fun evening activities!
Campers leave as better, smarter runners to tackle their upcoming cross country season.
- Middle and High School XC Running (12-17yrs)
- Beautiful Trail Running in Lake Tahoe
- Perfect Camp Setting at Tahoe Prep Academy
- High Altitude Training
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
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Head Coach AJ Acosta
AJ Acosta has a long storied career spanning his high school years as national champion and won the 2005 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships to his years as an Oregon runner, an eight time All American and 2x US Olympic Trial participant. Acosta currently resides in Alameda where he coaches at Bishop O'Dowd High School.View AJ's Bio ⟩
Acosta was a 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials competitor in the 1,500 meters and two-time member of Oregon’s NCAA Champion distance medley relay team. Matched Olympic Gold Medalist Joaquim Cruz's hallowed school record in the 1,500 meters, 3:36.48. Acosta followed that with a runner-up finish in the 1,500 meters at the 2010 NCAA Championships. he is an eight time All-American, multiple time USA Championship competitor in the 1,500 meters. Coach had a terrific 2007-08 season that saw him break the legendary Steve Prefontaine’s school record for the indoor mile (3:58.52) and earn a pair of All-American awards (indoor mile, outdoor 1,500 meters). Also was Oregon's first runner to compete in both NCAA indoor mile and outdoor 1,500 events the same year. He ran the fastest indoor mile nationally among collegiate freshmen in 2007 (4:00.37). Also a two-time U.S. junior champion in outdoor 1,500 meters, only the third ever to repeat the feat in this event. Boasts personal bests of 3:53.76 for the mile (3:36.41 for 1500m), and 13:35 for the 5000m.
Daily training includes trail runs, as well as break out sessions with guest speakers, discussing such topics as nutrition, race strategy and tactics, and running collegiately.
Aside from training, Lake Tahoe High Altitude XC Camp provides daily fun activities, including a lake day on the shores of Lake Tahoe. This camp will help campers develop as a runner, while gaining self-confidence and making new friends.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots.
- Dates: July 30-August 3
- Age Group: 12-17
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp Type: Overnight, Day
- Check-in: TBA
- Check-out: TBA
- Location: Tahoe Prep Academy- Basketball Courts
- View the 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: TBD
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.
- Day Campers: Includes daily training runs and instructional sessions per day, as well as lunch for day campers. Day campers do not receive breakfast or dinner.
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: Tahoe Prep Academy, Lake Tahoe local roads and trails
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.
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.
- Extra Athletic clothing
- 1-2 pairs of broken in running shoes/ event spikes
- Non-running shoes
- Water bottle
- Packed lunch and snacks
- Small gym bag/backpack
- Extra spending money (suggested $40)
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
- Athletic clothing mentioned above
- Non-running shoes
- 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
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
- 8:00 am Breakfast
- 9:15 am Morning Run
- 10:30 am Speaker
- 12:00 pm Lunch
- 1:30 pm Classroom Session
- 3:00 pm 2nd Run and/or Training Activity
- 4:00pm Day Campers - Check-Out & Departure
- 4:00pm Overnight Campers - Free Time
- 5:00 pm Dinner
- 6:00pm Evening Activity
- 9:30pm Room Check
- 10:00pm Lights out!
Tahoe Prep Academy
Tahoe Prep Academy is located in South Lake Tahoe, California on 16.2 acres in the Meyers community.
Campers stay in dorm style housing (2 campers per dorm room) at the Tahoe Prep Academy.
We also have fun activities, including a scheduled fun run/ picnic day complete with a visit to the Lake Tahoe beach, located nearby for swimming and relaxation!
Camp Questions & Answers
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.
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 room with other single campers, similar in age. It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport and to have FUN!
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.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Campers dine at Tahoe Academy, which offers a variety of different meal options that are sure to accommodate most campers’ dietary needs.
In the case that a camper possesses dietary restrictions, please reach out via email to [email protected], to make the proper accommodations.
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. Staff members provide supervision during instruction, dining times, evening activities, and in rooms/cabins.
All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp.
What are some of the evening activities that are planned for the campers?
Fun and exciting evening activities are an important part of the camp experience and are carefully planned by the staff.
Evening activities include challenge course, volleyball, campfires, Frisbee, free time and more.
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, completed online when registering
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Overall Average RatingStars
Loved the trails and resort!
My daughter really enjoyed getting to know her fellow campers and camp counselors. She loved the trails, lodge and area. She had a great time!
— Jolene E, Parent
August 16, 2019: My daughter had an amazing time and everyone was so friendly. The speaking sessions were both interesting and helpful with lots of good takeaways, and the training was challenging and beneficial for the upcoming season. Such a beautiful location as well! We will definitely be back next year!
— Rachel V. Parent
Really enjoyed camp
August 16, 2019: Chase really enjoyed the camp. He liked the runs and other activities--kick ball, dodge ball & swimming. He really liked the location and said the rooms were great. He like the councelors and said the food was good. Overall, he had a great experience and is looking forward to next year
— David C. Parent
August 15, 2019: I loved camp for many reasons. First off, I loved how small it was because it allowed for the campers to get to know each other quicker and increased the amount of bonding within the bunk. I also really liked the rec activities. I thought they were fun and engaging. Finally, the food and accommodations were great and the amount of downtime we had helped me rest and get organized everyday which was perfect
— Sierra C. Camper
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.