Nike Smoky Mountain Running Camp
UNITE | INSPIRE | RUN
2024 DATES ANNOUNCED!
Unmatched summer training and top quality coaching define the NIKE Smoky Mountain Running Camp. Immerse yourself in running, meeting new friends and fun evening activities, for a week or two or three in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina!
- Top notch high school and college coaching.
- Guest Speakers
- Comprehensive running camp experience: featuring daily runs in the National Forest, informative breakout sessions and talks given by nationally recognized guest speakers.
- Superior facilities: beautiful campus surroundings, state-of-the-art facilities and Wellness Center.
- Middle school running program with specific youth curriculum. The High School Program offers a different curriculum from the Middle School Program.
- Round trip bus transportation is available from select locations.
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Camp Director Paul Spangler
Coach Spangler is in his 2nd year as director at Smoky Mountain Running Camp, following a coaching career at Boston University, where he served as Head Coach Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, leading the Terriers to their first team title since 2014, as well as being named the 2019 and 2021 Patriot League Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. Coach Spangler has also coached 3 Olympians in the 800m, 1500m, and 3000mSC.View Paul's Bio ⟩
Prior to Boston University, Coach Spangler led the University of Florida Women’s Cross Country team to an SEC Championship, becoming the first coach in school history to win a league title in their debut season. Coach Spangler spent almost a decade coaching at the Virginia Military Academy, where he was recognized as the Big South Conference Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, and prior to VMI, began his college coaching career at Florida State University.
Coach Spangler graduated from the University of Alabama, where he was a two-time NCAA XC Qualifier, as well as being named an All-NCAA South Region and All-SEC honoree for the Crimson Tide. Coach Spangler also holds a master’s degree in Sports Management from Florida State University.
Camp Co-Director Bryon Blankenbecler
Bryon Blankenbecler has been coaching high school or middle school cross country since 1992. He has taught middle school science for over 30 years.View Bryon's Bio ⟩
His middle school teams have won numerous top rated meets in Georgia and most recently have been runner up in the club division of the Georgia state meet the last two years, along with winning the Atlanta Track Club Wingfoot meet.
He is still an avid runner and races some distance from 50k to 5k each month
Guest Speaker Ben Thomas
Coach Thomas spent 4 seasons as the Associate Head Coach Cross Country and Track & Field for the Oregon Ducks, the 2021 NCAA Men’s Indoor Track and Field Champions. Prior to joining the University of Oregon coaching staff, Thomas spent 17 seasons as the head cross country and distance coach at Virginia Tech where he won multiple ACC titles and coached 74 All-Americans. Ben’s college coaching experience includes stints at the University of Georgia, Brevard College, and Appalachian State in North Carolina.View Ben's Bio ⟩
“I’m very excited by the opportunity to be the Director of the Nike Smoky Mountain Running Camp. I began my college coaching career in the mountains of North Carolina and to return to lead this renowned camp is truly special,” says Thomas. “Asheville is an outstanding base and I’m looking forward to working with my staff and all of the campers coming to Asheville to provide a great experience full of individual development and improvement for each runner.”
Coach Thomas has a strong connection to the North Carolina running community and brings his years of cross country and distance running knowledge, experience, and success in coaching student-athletes, to the Nike Smoky Mountain Running Camp, a camp with a long tradition and deep connection to Nike Running and the coaching philosophy of legendary Oregon coach, the late Bill Bowerman.
Guest Speaker (Virtual) (2023) Cory McGee
Competing for the United States, Cory qualified for 1500m finals at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. She has extensive international experience which include representing the United States at the World Outdoor Championships in Russia in addition to winning a gold medal in the 1500m at the 2011 Pan-Am Junior Championships. She holds personal bests of 4:00.67 in the 1500m and 1:59.17 in the 800m.View Cory's Bio ⟩
Guest Speaker (Virtual) (2023) Cole Hocker
Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, sixth (1500m) Other Career Highlights 2022 Millrose Games, third (3000m) 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships, gold (1500m), fourth (4000m) 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships, gold (One Mile, 3000m, Distance Medley Relay) 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, gold (1500m)View Cole's Bio ⟩
Guest Speaker (Virtual) (2023) Roisin Willis
Roisin Wills is a freshman at Stanford University where she recently won the National Championship in the indoor 800m. In addition to winning the 800m, Roisin was also a key member of Stanford national championship DMR team. Prior to attending Stanford, Roisin attended Stevens Point HS in Stevens Point, Wisconsin where she set the high school national record in the 800m (1:59.13) and won two gold medals at the U20 World Championships in Columbia while representing the United States.View Roisin's Bio ⟩
Guest Speaker (Virtual) (2023) Juliette Whittaker
Juliette is a Freshman at Stanford University where she recently finished runner-up at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 800m run. She is the high school outdoor national record holder in the 800m running 1:59.04 as a senior. In addition, along with being named 2021-22 Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Player of the Year, she won the bronze medal at the World U20 Championships and finished 10th at the US Olympic Trials during her senior year of high school.View Juliette's Bio ⟩
Guest Speaker (Virtual) (2023) Charles Hicks
2022 Individual NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Champion Personal Records (thru 2023 NCAA West Prelims) 10,000: 27:40.165,000: 13:22.05i1,500: 3:43.59Mile: 4:07.743,000: 7:43.84i https://gostanford.com/sports/...View Charles's Bio ⟩
- NCAA individual XC champion (2022)
- Eight-time All-American
- USTFCCCA National Men's XC Athlete of the Year (2022)
- USTFCCCA National Men's XC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2022)
- CoSIDA Academic All-America third team (2022)
- Two-time European under-23 XC champion (2021, 2022)
- U.K. under-23 10,000 record holder
- European and U.K. under-20 10,000 record-holder
- Three-time USTFCCCA West Region XC Athlete of the Year (2020-21, 2021, 2022)
- Two-time West Region XC team champions (2021, 2022)
- Two-time Pac-12 XC Athlete of the Year (2021, 2022)
- Two-time Pac-12 XC individual champion (2021, 2022)
- Two-time Pac-12 10,000-meter champion (2021, 2022)
- Two-time Pac-12 XC team champions (2020-21, 2022)
- Pac-12 XC Freshman of the Year (2020-21)
- Three-time All-Pac-12 XC first team (2020-21, 2021, 2022)
- USTFCCCA National XC Athlete of the Week (Oct. 31, 2022)
- Two-time All-West Region XC (2021, 2022)
- Two-time Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Week (April 21, 2021; May 3, 2022)
- Stanford Athletics Board Bob Murphy Award winner for best moment of the year in Stanford Athletics (2023)
- Stanford Athletics Board Biff Hoffman Award winner (2023)
- Stanford Athletics Board Block 'S' Outstanding Freshman
- CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic team for T&F/XC (2022)
- Five-time USTFCCCA All-Academic (XC 2020-21, 2021, 2022; T&F 2021, 2022)
- Four-time Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll (XC 2021; T&F 2021, winter 2022, 2023; spring 2022)
Guest Speaker (2023) Maddy Price
Maddy Price’s Olympic dream became a reality in Tokyo, 2021. Her road to Tokyo was filled with uncertainty as she dealt with coming back from foot surgery, the global pandemic and more. Despite the odds, she made the Canadian Olympic Team in the Women’s 4x400m Relay, where she ran the second leg and helped lead the team to a 4th place finish, just narrowly missing the podium by six-tenths of a second. Far more important than the accomplishment of becoming an Olympian is how she approached the process... with a gritty and “day by day” attitude. Get excited for Maddy's talk as she shares about her Olympic experience and the growth and lessons learned from detours along her road to the world's biggest athletic stage.View Maddy's Bio ⟩
Price ran and studied at Duke University (‘18), leaving with 6x All-American honors as well as a Masters in Management Studies at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business (‘19). She is also a mentor to the next generation of female athletes and advocates for athlete mental health. Maddy is training and coaching in Durham, North Carolina in hopes of competing in the upcoming World Championships this summer in Budapest and the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
Canadian Olympic Link: https://olympic.ca/team-canada/maddy-price/
Title of Talk:
"Embracing the Journey: From Uncertainty to the Olympic Final"
Guest Speaker (2023) Joel Williams
Joel Williams recently wrapped up year fifteen as a track and field coach for UNC Asheville-his second as head coach. He oversees the sprints/hurdles/relays group and develops their strength training programs. He coached 110m hurdler Milan Ristic, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2015 & 2017 world championships. In 2016, Ristic set a Serbian national record of 13.39. In 2022 sprint school records were set for men’s 100m (10.35) and 200m (20.87) by Jalen Anderson;400m-Bryson Riddick (47.68); 4x100m relay team (40.49) Akin Williams, Jalen Anderson, Denley Joseph, Anthony Mason; 4x400m relay (3:11.59) Mason, Anderson, Joseph, Riddick.View Joel's Bio ⟩
Coached school record holder in men's javelin throw Simon Haake, a former walk-on student athlete who qualified twice for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round (top 48). He finished 21st in 2011. Before Asheville, Williams coached at Watauga High School. Watauga captured three straight state girls’ outdoors titles and won the 1997 girls’ indoor championship. Former Watauga athletes whose careers Williams influenced achieved noteworthy success post high school: Brenda Taylor: 2001 NCAA 400mH Champion (Harvard); 7th place for team USA in the 2004 Athens Olympics-set PR 53.36 at the USOT-time was #5 in the world. Taylor also earned a bronze medal in the U.S. 4x400m at the 2003 World Indoor Championships. Williams created her post collegiate strength program.
Lindsay Taylor: For Watauga HS, high jumped 5-11.5 PR, finished 2nd at USATF Junior Nationals, 4th at Pan Am Junior Championships-ranked 3rd in the U.S. in 1997 by Track & Field News. In college (Brown) was 2x heptathlon qualifier at NCAA championships.
Abraham Morlu: Competed for Liberia on 4x100m relay team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the 2001/2003 World Championships.
Williams is a 2004 graduate of Appalachian State with a B.S. in Health Promotion, Exercise Science and Sociology.
Guest Speaker (2023) Eliza Parker
Eliza first joined the Mission Sports Medicine team in the fall of 2016 as the athletic trainer at Valley Springs Middle School. During the summer of 2017, she transitioned to Brevard High School where she worked for a year. In the summer of 2018, she joined the UNC Asheville staff, where she currently provides primary coverage for the track and field, cross country, and swimming and diving teams.View Eliza's Bio ⟩
A native of Oswego, New York, Eliza participated in cross country, equestrian and track. Her love of sports drove her to attend King University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in athletic training. After completing her undergraduate education, she attended Life University, where she received her Master of Science in sports nutrition.
An avid runner, Eliza can often be found running around the Asheville area or competing in a local race. In her free time, she also enjoys exploring the beautiful western North Carolina landscape, be it on foot, mountain bike or horseback.
Coach Tyler Jakubek
Tyler Jakubek joined the La Salle coaching staff in September 2021 after serving as a student manager, assistant coach, and interim head coach at Boston University over the course of four years.View Tyler's Bio ⟩
During his time in Boston, Jakubek coached seven Patriot League champions incuding Andrea Claeson who qualified for the 2020 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Jakubek also helped lead the women's cross country tream to back-to-back Patriot League Championship Titles in 2019 and 2020.
A native of Westfield, New Jersey, Jakubek earned a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University in 2020.
Coach Aaron Saft
Aaron Saft earned All-American status in HS and All-ACC honors in Cross Country, Indoor & Outdoor Track & a 3rd place team finish at NCAA's while competing for NC State, In 2007, Saft won the USATF Trail Marathon. Saft took multiple National Championship podium finishes on the trail in distances including 10k (3rd), Marathon (3rd), 50k (10th), & 50-Mile 2 top 10 finishes). He ran for Team USA in the NACAC Mountain Running Championships & in the World Long Distance Trail Championships in England.View Aaron's Bio ⟩
His quest to continually challenge himself led him in 2016 to tackle the 100-mile distance. Saft completed the Grindstone 100-mile race on his way to winning the Beast Series (3 50k's, 100-miler, 50-miler, & a 100k during that year). In 2019, Saft had the honor of running the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) and in 2021 the fabled Hardrock 100. This year, Saft hopes to complete the Grand Slam of Ultra Running by racing The Western States 100 in June, the Vermont 100 in July, the Leadville 100 in August, & the Wasatch 100 in September.
Saft is the father of Keagan (16) & Ambrin (12) and the husband to Dr. Beth Saft. He is a coach to Rugby Middle & West Henderson High Schoolers as well as 90+ adults that race 5k to 200+ miles.
Coach Adam Puett
Adam is in his 14th year at UNC Asheville and 4th year as the Head Cross Country and Associate Head Track and Field Coach. While at UNC Asheville, Adam has coached 1 NCAA All-American, 10 Big South Conference Champions, 45 Big South All-Conference Selections and 18 UNC Asheville School Records.View Adam's Bio ⟩
Before UNC Asheville, Puett served as an assistant coach at Western Carolina University for three years. The Alabama native coached 13 All-Conference performers and 6 Southern Conference champions during his tenure. He helped lead the Catamount programs to five different league championships.
Puett graduated from Western Carolina in 2006 with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. He then earned his master's in Physical Education from WCU in 2009. Adam has a strength and conditioning certification through the USTFCCCA.
Adam enjoyed an outstanding running career at Western Carolina University. He was the 2005 Western Carolina University Male Athlete of the Year and 2006 Southern Conference Outdoor Performer of the Year. Puett earned All-Conference honors three times in cross country and 11 times in indoor and outdoor track. He was a five-time Southern Conference champion in indoor and outdoor track plus a four-time NCAA outdoor regional qualifier in the 1500 meter. In 2022 Adam was selected to be a part of the Southern Conference 100th
Anniversary Team for both Cross Country and Track and Field.
Coach Coach SPO
Sean-Patrick Oswald, or “Coach SPO,” has been working with Smoky Mountain Running Camp since 2021. He graduated from Duke University in 2011 as the school record holder in the indoor 800, Distance Medley Relay, and indoor/outdoor 4x800. Since that time he has been a volunteer coach at the high school and collegiate level, including his current position with Duke University, where he works with the men’s and women’s Cross Country and Distance athletes.View Sean-Patrick's Bio ⟩
Coach SPO keeps coming back to SMRC for the beautiful training in Asheville, to continue his own learning from the accomplished staff, and to help share his experiences competing at the college level. As well, he comes back to prove that he and Coach Cowart can put together a 4x4 that terrifies the collegiate athletes.
Coach AJ Ricketts
AJ Ricketts is a former cross country and track athlete at the University of Miami, where he competed under former United States women's track Olympic head coach Amy Deem, and Miami record holder Damon Griffiths. Ricketts, a four-year letterman, competed for the 'Canes at the ACC Championships and NCAA South Regional Championships. Since graduation, he has qualified for three Boston Marathons, and also completed the Miami and Detroit Marathons.View AJ's Bio ⟩
Off the course, Ricketts is a professional sports broadcaster, serving as the Play-by-Play Voice for Florida International University on ESPN+, and calling college baseball, volleyball, and track on ACC Network Extra for the University of Miami. Ricketts has also been a part of MLS, USL, and NWSL soccer coverage, and will call MLS NEXT Pro games on Apple TV+ beginning in the spring of 2023. He began his broadcasting career as a sports anchor at WECT/FOX Wilmington, North Carolina where he earned first place in Sports Reporting at the annual RTDNAC Awards, honoring broadcast journalism throughout the Carolinas, after a two year stint as the voice of Miami women's basketball on WVUM 90.5 FM.
Ricketts is also the head coach of Riviera Preparatory School in Miami, where he has guided the Bulldogs from a roster of three athletes when he began to FHSAA State Championship appearances in three of the last four seasons. He has attended Nike Smoky Mountain Running Camp since 2011 prior to his freshman year at Miami.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
The NIKE Smoky Mountain Running Camp puts an emphasis on teaching runners the wisdom of the hard/easy training philosophy developed by the late, great U of Oregon Coach and Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman, allowing each group to train at their individualized paces based on their current fitness level, over-all ability, and general goals.
The instruction is serious, the training is right for this time of the summer, and there will be opportunities to make new friends.
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots.
- June 30-July 5, 2024 (Middle School Session Offered)
- July 7-12, 2024
- July 14-19, 2024
- Age Group: 13-17 (High School); 11-13 (Middle School Session ONLY)
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp Type: Overnight
- Check-in: Sunday, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
- Check-out: Friday, 11:30 AM
- Check-in/Check-out Location: Highsmith Student Union
- 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.
We have modified our high school program and created a separate curriculum and activity schedule that will be offered concurrently with the high school schedule. We feel extremely confident that this will provide a satisfying experience for these younger runners.
The NIKE Smoky Mountain Running Camp offers an extremely challenging athletic training program. Running on wild forest trails offers pitfalls, challenges and wild life.
Please DO NOT come to camp if you have any pre-existing injuries, are not completely healthy and ready to run a minimum of 20-25 miles during camp.
We discourage campers with bee sting allergies from attending our program. If you choose to attend, you must carry an epinephrine pen at all times and understand that on some of our trails, if anything goes wrong, we cannot get you to medical help within the half hour. Please study the waiver carefully.
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: 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!
- Bathrooms: Shared within Suites
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: Yes
- Key Deposit: Please bring 2 checks to camp, payable to USSC. One for $100 (key card) and the second for $25 (meal card). Checks will not be cashed unless the camper loses the card. At the end of camp, the checks will be returned upon the return of each card.
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.
Stay-Over Session Option:
If you are attending more than one week of camp, the cost for the weekend stay‐over is $175 for housing and meals. You cannot stay through the weekend prior to the start of your first camp session and following the end of your last camp session.
Nightly skits, games, talent show, scavenger hunt, volleyball, pool, plus Thursday dance party!
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: UNC Asheville Track & Field facility, Smoky Mountains National Park, 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
- 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.
Asheville North Carolina Airport (30 minutes from campus).
- Preferred Flight Arrival (Sunday): 10:00am – 1:00pm
- Preferred Flight Departure (Friday): 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Shuttle Bus service from Asheville Airport is offered at $50 (one-way or round-trip) and is operated by UNC Asheville.
SMRC staff will meet campers upon arrival at Asheville Airport, after exiting from Baggage Claim, and travel with campers to UNC Asheville; campers will be accompanied from UNC Asheville to Asheville Airport upon departure to ensure a safe check-in.
Please provide all flight information (Airline, Flight #, departure city), as well as mobile phone number of camper when you register for the Airport Shuttle Bus.
Atlanta Charter Bus Information:
Sign up early, don't miss the bus!
Buses are offered ($125 One-Way or Roundtrip) from select location in the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
Campers taking bus receive lunch prior to departure from UNC Asheville to Atlanta.
SMRC staff will meet campers at bus check-in, and will accompany campers to UNC Asheville and on return to Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
Bus schedule and availability will be solely based on demand.
For more details and to make reservations, please sign-up during registration, email us at ru[email protected], or call US Sports Camps (800-645-3226).
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.
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Breakfast
- 8:30am Guest speaker in auditorium
- 9:45am Group run in National Forest
- 11:45am Lunch in campus cafeteria
- 12:30pm Free time
- 1:00pm Trainer available
- 2:00pm Breakout sessions of varying topics
- 4:00pm Learn-by-doing at campus track in groups
- 5:00pm Dinner in campus cafeteria
- 6:00pm Free time
- 6:15pm Trainer available
- 7:00pm Recreation Activity
- 10:00pm Curfew
- 10:30pm Lights out!
Located at the University of North Carolina Asheville, in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, the camp is one of the oldest in the country.
The Smoky Mountain Running Camp operates on National Forest System Lands and are authorized under Special Use Permit by the Pisgah National Forest.
Campers will also have the opportunity to train at the newly renovated Karl Straus Track & Field Facility. The new track complex, updated in Summer 2023, is a state-of-the-art 400m track that will be utilized for home meets for the UNC Asheville Bulldogs.
Camp Questions & Answers
When and where will the check-in and check-out take place for the Smoky Mountain Running Camp?
All campers check in to camp between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm at the Highsmith Student Center on Sunday, first day of camp. Follow the signs on campus to registration.
Check out takes place on Friday at 11:30 am, the last day of camp, following Graduation Ceremony.
How are runners placed in their running groups?
Groups are based on a combination of current weekly mileage and fitness level, Personal Best(s), XC experience, and 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.
What are some of the evening activities that are planned for the campers?
Fun and exciting after evening activities are an important part of the SMRC experience and are carefully planned by the staff. Evening activities include a talent show, dance, a scavenger hunt, outdoor volleyball games, corn hole, ultimate Frisbee, 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 will be available on-line and is required to be filled out accurately, signed by the parent (guardian), and completed before your arrival on the first day of camp.
Does the UNCA Dining Services accommodate special dietary needs?
Campers will again dine in the UNCA campus cafeteria in 2022, offering a variety of different meal options that are sure to accommodate most campers’ dietary needs. There are many food stations offered, from Juice Bar, omelette and stir fry stations, and unlimited salad bar.
In the case that a camper possesses extreme dietary restrictions, please reach out to UNCA’s Dining Services to make the proper accommodations.
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 I come to camp alone or do I have to be a member of a team?
Smoky Mountain Running Camp welcomes individual campers and teams. If you come to camp by yourself, we place you in a dorm 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 campers are placed in a dorm and do you accommodate roommate requests? Does the dorm have AC?
Campers are housed in double rooms, in air-conditioned dorms. When you register for 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 send us an email. We strive to accommodate all roommate requests, made 2 weeks before the start of camp.
Is it possible to add an extra week if my child wants to extend his stay? Is there a weekend stay-over option?
Double your training = Double your fun! Campers may register for multiple sessions if space is available. Weekend stayovers for in between sessions are available for an additional fee of $150 per weekend stay.
Does SMRC have medical personnel on staff?
We have a certified athletic training on-staff and a doctor on-call at all times in case of a training injury or medical ailment/emergency.
How many miles will we run each day?
High School athletes will run twice a day. Once in the morning at the North Carolina Arboretum trails and once in the afternoon at the UNC Asheville track. The morning run is more of a distance run and the afternoon track session is an opportunity to work on specific training paces. Actual distances vary based on runners mileage and ability.
Middle School athletes run once or twice per day, depending on their training background, using the same locations and facilities as High School athletes. Normally, MS athletes run twice a day every other day, but staff monitor MS running volume based on current training and camper running experience/background.
July 18, 2022: My daughter, Maddie Gump, had an AMAZING experience at SMRC!! She loved her counselors and made a lot of new friends! She also ran extremely well and won Queen of the Hill on the last day. She said she felt great, supported, and confident. Thank you! You exceeded our expectations!!
July 16, 2022: My son has had a wonderful experience and confidence soaring compared to his experience from another camp last year. He's still at camp for another week and didn't want to come home. So that's a positive.
July 16, 2022: My girls came back happy and motivated. They enjoyed the Olympic level speakers and talking to CITs in college. They also gained knowledge from talking and working with trainers on their specific issues
July 23, 2022: I greatly enjoyed meeting and speaking with coaches and councilors with college experience. I had a lot of fun with new people and look forward to doing it again next year.
August 14, 2023: Meeting and getting to be around many like minded people in a running community. Lots of fun, quality workouts, and keeping busy for a week. The food was great too!
August 14, 2023: My son truly had the time of his life. He met new friends, challenged and pushed himself to new limits, and did it independently without me being there.
August 15, 2023: Definitely running with amazing fun people along your side that are especially your skill level. The scenic trails also has to been mentioned!
August 15, 2023: comradery in the training and activities; felt encouraged to be a leader; he got individualized attention; opportunity to ask questions
August 14, 2023: My son learned a lot during his camp week, however the new friends he met were 100% the highlight for him.
July 16, 2022: Our son loved the experience: the running, the other campers, the activities, the speakers
August 14, 2023: Kevin enjoyed everything about the camp. He cannot wait to come back next year.
July 23, 2022: Making new friends and learning a lot to improve running skills.
July 23, 2022: Meeting and spending time with other runners, running the trails
August 21, 2023: I really liked the Track Workouts and the life long friends that I have now made. Some of the girls I met at camp over the last 3 years are now my best friends and I wouldn't trade that nor the knowledge I learned at camp for anything.
August 15, 2023: My daughter made friends and improved her times. She also had options for gluten and lactose free food items
Recommended this camp to friends!
[The highlight of camp was] watching my child's improvement just after the first session
— Parent of Attendee from a Similar Camp in 2022
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