Duke Nike Cross Country Camp
“The key to improved success is through consistency & putting in the work over the summer. This will lead to a strong fall cross country season” -Rhonda Riley
Run in the Duke Forest! The 2019 Nike Duke Cross Country Camp provides campers the opportunity to train with the Duke cross country coaches and athletes with access to trails right from the Durham campus.
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
- Learn from the Duke XC staff
- For all ages 12-18
- 10:1 Camper to staff ratio
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Camp Director Shawn Wilbourn
Shawn Wilbourn is currently in his tenth season as a member of the Duke track & field coaching staff after joining the Blue Devils following the Olympic trials in July of 2008. Wilbourn works with Duke’s combined-event, pole vault and sprints and hurdles student-athletes.View Shawn's Bio ⟩
During his Duke tenure, Wilbourn has coached two NCAA champions, 17 All-Americans, 11 ACC champions and 52 All-ACC honorees. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, his student-athletes combined to own 32 school records.
Prior to working at Duke, Wilbourn held a similar position at Georgia after spending four years at Cortland State University, the last two as director of men’s and women’s track and field and cross country. He was honored with numerous Atlantic Region and New York State Coach of the Year honors for his mentoring at Cortland State, while coaching 18 All-Americans and two national champions.
In addition to college coaching experience, Wilbourn has also imparted his knowledge to athletes following their collegiate careers. In 2008, WIlbourn coached former Georgia long jumper Patty Sylvester to the Beijing Olympics. The Grenadian posted a mark of 22-0.25 (6.71) the same year, a national record for the event.
As an athlete, Wilbourn was a 1996 Olympic trials finalist in the decathlon and competed at the World Championships for the United States in 1997. His career best in the decathlon is 8,268 points.
In addition, Wilbourn is a USATF Level II certified coach as well as a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Head Women's Coach Rhonda Riley
Nike Running Camps is excited to have Rhonda Riley on staff at the Duke Cross Country Camp. Riley was named the head women’s cross country coach and assistant track & field coach in June of 2016. Her primary responsibilities include coaching Duke’s middle and long distance runners.View Rhonda's Bio ⟩
During her first season as the Duke women’s cross country coach, Riley helped guide the Blue Devils to two first-place team finishes, including finishing first among 22 teams at the VertCross Invitational. Riley also coached twelve separate runners to top-10 finished throughout the season, including one first place performance. Under Riley’s guidance, Sophia Parvizi-Wayne finished in 15th at the ACC Cross Country championships to earn All-ACC honors. Five Duke runners took the starting line at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships under Riley’s assistance as well.
In her debut season with the track & field team, Riley helped guide the Duke women distance runners to a successful 2016 season, including helping Madeline Kopp earn second team All-America honors in the 800-meters at both the NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Riley brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Duke women’s cross country team. Prior to coming to Durham, Riley spent nine years as an assistant coach helping to guide the Vanderbilt program to new heights, as the women’s cross country team made five consecutive appearances at the NCAA Championships, as well as claimed back-to-back South Region titles during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. During Vanderbilt’s 2011 campaign, Riley assisted in leading the Commodores to their first Southeast Conference title, with five runners placing in the top nine at the championship meet, while also beginning its streak of five straight berths to the national meet. In addition, Riley coached Alexa Rogers to a 39th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships, resulting in the program’s first All-America honoree. Most recently, with Riley’s assistance, freshman Caroline Pietrzyk claimed All-America status by placing 32nd at the 2015 national cross country championship after earning SEC Freshman of the Year recognition earlier in the season.
Riley assisted with Vanderbilt’s track and field program as well, guiding Katherine Delaney to a 2016 NCAA Championship berth in the 1,500. Delaney achieved a personal-best time of 4:17.96 over 1,500 meters while competing at the NCAA East Preliminary Round to qualify for the national meet. In addition to Delaney, Carmen Carlos also saw significant success under Riley, as she earned a 3,000m personal-best time of 9:21.34 and a second-place finish at the 2016 SEC Indoor Championships. Carlos finished less than a second behind the eventual conference champion.
During the 2014-15 track & field season, numerous Commodores thrived with the tutelage of Riley, as Sara Barron (1,500) and Rebecca Chandler (steeplechase) each qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in their respective events. In addition, a variety of Vanderbilt distance runners added to the Commodores’ point total at the conference meet by placing among the top eight in the 1,500, the 5,000 and the 10,000, including Carlos, Delaney, Vanessa Valentine, Chandler and Barron. In 2013, seven of Riley’s student-athletes qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, joining four other Commodore competitors that comprised a Vanderbilt-record 11 participants at the competition.
Prior to joining the Vanderbilt program, Riley spent two years at Arizona State and one year at Oregon State. Riley completed her undergraduate work at Oregon State in 2004, majoring in early childhood development and received her master’s degree in higher education while at Arizona State.
Assistant Coach Daniel Goetz
Daniel joined the Duke cross country and track and field staff in 2017 as a volunteer assistant coach.
Assistant Coach Sean McNulty
Sean McNulty joined the Duke cross country and track & field coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach in August, 2015.View Sean's Bio ⟩
Prior to arriving at Duke, McNulty served as the director of operations and an assistant coach with the New Jersey New York Track Club during the 2014-15 season. Before joining the track club, McNulty held the positions of head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Ky., from 2012-14, where he helped guide the squad to a 6AAA cross country regional championship. McNulty also enjoyed a successful career as a competitior, spending four years as a member of Kentucky's cross country and track & field programs.
In addition to his passion for cross country and track & field, McNulty also enjoys competing in triathlons. In 2008, McNulty captured the USA Triathlon Junior Sprint National Championship title on his way to earning All-America honors. McNulty owns a USATF Level I coaching certification and is a member of the USATF National Coaches Registry.
Coach Tom Cuffe
Coach Tom Cuffe has been a highly successful athlete, coach, director and administrator in the sports of track & field, cross-country and road racing.View Tom Cuffe's Bio ⟩
Coach Cuffe was recently named the head coach of the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) the third largest running organization in the United States. During his tenure at Duke University he coached numerous All-Americans and NCAA qualifiers in the distance events. At the schoolboy level Tom has produced over 48 high school All-Americans and lead his high school squads to numerous team titles. Tom is recognized as one of the most dynamic motivational speakers in the country. He is the Co-Director of the Five Star Cross-Country Camp and Duke Running Camp, has lectured at the United States Olympic Training Center and been a frequent contributor to MileSplit, Dyestat, RunnerSpace and FloTrack. As an athlete Tom was an All-American steeplechaser and nationally ranked road racer and still trains to this day.
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2019 Check-in and Check-out Information
When: 2:30 pm
Where: Craven Quad
When: 11:00 am
Where: Craven Quad
**Deposit for lost keys** Campers must bring a $100 security check, payable to US Sports Camps. The security check is cashed ONLY if campers lose their key. At the end of camp the deposit check is returned to all campers who hand in their room key
It is the responsibility of each camper to arrange his or her own transportation to and from camp. Campers flying should book their flights to Raleigh-Durham Airport, arrive between 11:00am and 2:00pm on July 19th and departing July 22th after 2:00pm.
Airport Shuttle Service:
Shuttle service to and from Raleigh-Durham Airport is available on camp check-in and check-out days. The $60.00 round trip fee for this service is due in the mail by July 1st.
Make the check, payable to Duke Cross Country Camp to:
2804 Bartlett Circle
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Please email your itinerary to the Duke Cross Country Staff by July 1: email@example.com
If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:35 am Meet / Roll call
- 7:45 am Breakfast
- 9:00 am Dynamic warm-up
- 9:30 am Morning Run
- 11:15 am Camp announcements
- 12:30 pm Lunch
- 1:30 pm Free swim
- 2:30 pm Trail run
- 5:00 pm Camp announcement / back to dorms for break
- 5:45 pm Dinner
- 7:00 pm Roll call in front of dorms
- 7:15 pm Track session
- 9:00 pm Camp announcements / back to dorms
- 10:30 pm Bed check / lights out
With a home campus of nearly 9,000 acres, the Duke training facilities at Duke University are among the best in the nation. Morris Williams Track and Field Stadium is located on the west side of Kennedy Tower, sharing the press box with Koskinen Stadium, and is the new home to the Duke track and field program. Campers also run in the Duke Forest. Gravel roads and dirt foot trails throughout the 7,000 acre Forest provide some of the most scenic areas near Duke University, through woods with streams, flowers, and wildlife. It serves as home to Duke's cross country running teams.
Campers experience campus life on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation. They stay in air conditioned double dorm rooms on Duke's Gothic style West Campus, the academic and residential heart of Duke. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the main cafeteria (Great Hall). All meals are buffet style.
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He loves the camp
July 30, 2018: Great coaches, very knowledgeable and encouraging. My son enjoys interacting with the college athlete coaches, it helps him understand the level of commitment required to pursue athletics in college. He loves the camp (and we are Tarheels for goodness sake!)
— Charles M. Parent
The runs pushed me without being too much
July 30, 2018: I liked learning about the recruiting process for college because I thought it was very informative getting that information from an actual college coach. The highlight of my experience was the runs that we did every day and getting to see the Duke campus. I thought that the runs pushed me without being too much. I just wish the camp was longer! It was exhausting, but if it were longer, we would become used to the running and improve even more.
— Livvy, P. Camper
It made running fun
July 30, 2018: She said it made running fun and loved that it made things feel like a community.
— Traci K. Parent
The coaches were the best!
July 30, 2018: She loved it all and didn’t want to come home! The coaches were the best!
— Betsy O. Parent