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August 21, 2018

Coach Reflections: Why We Coach

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A run on an open trail, a starter gun sounds, a hurdle is cleared, a Nike Ekin is challenged, a camp group completes their final run. Runners bid farewell to summer running camp and gear up for the upcoming fall season.  “Another year of hilly running is in the books and we couldn’t be prouder,” says GMRC Camp Director and former Olympic Runner Andrew Wheating. Summer at Nike Running Camps gives athletes the chance to work with some of the best coaches in the country, train hard, learn a lot, and have fun with friends that last a lifetime.

From the hills of New Hampshire to the sunny beaches of California, Nike Running Camps span the country. Head Cross Country Coach at University of San Diego, and Nike Running Camp Director Will Guarino offered his reflections on the summer. “Running is a community sport where the passion and ambition run deep. My favorite aspect about camp is that campers leave knowing that they were a part of something special” says Guarino.

In Michigan, runners at Hillsdale College Cross Country Camp complete their last run along the shores of Winona Lake. Head Cross Country Coach Andrew Towne looks forward to leading camp at Hillsdale College each summer. “Camp is a great reminder of the importance of fundamentals.  Plus, it’s fun to meet new people through Track & Field,” says Towne.

2018 provided an action-packed summer. Highlighted with sunset runs, helicopter rides, improved skills, and new friends. As the focus shifts to next summer, we want to thank all our athletes for making this summer one for the books! See you all in 2019!

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