Nike Carolina Distance Camps
Run Bold This Summer!
The 2019 Nike Carolina Distance Camp is designed to give each camper the most authentic experience in learning what it means to be a cross country student-athlete at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
We hope you join us this summer for the Carolina Distance Camp and take the next step in your training to achieve great things for the upcoming season!
- Instructors include the UNC coaching staff and current student-athletes.
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- Educational lectures given by accomplished NCAA coaches.
- Opportunity to run the same courses used by the Tar Heels when training.
- Individual bio-mechanical /form analysis with correctional instruction
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Camp Director Bobby Lockhart
Coach Lockhart just finished his first season as UNC assistant coach (cross country/distance). A renowned assistant coach at Oklahoma State and a standout runner at the University of Wisconsin, Bobby Lockhart has more than proven himself in the track & field and XC spheres. Lockhart played a pivotal role in the Cowboys' success throughout his 10-year coaching career at Oklahoma State University. During his time at OSU, the men's XC team won three NCAA National Championship titles in 2009, 2010, and 2012 and two more top-three finishes in 2011 and 2013. The men's program also won the NCAA Midwest Regional Cross-Country Championships eight times between 2008-2016 and racked up nine consecutive Big 12 Conference Championship titles during that same time period.View Bobby's Bio ⟩
In 2015, Lockhart helped coach the women's cross country team to wins at both the NCAA Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships and the Big 12 Cross Country Championship before the team took seventh at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships.
Under Lockhart's decade at OSU, the men have managed nine straight cross country titles, six regional titles and a plethora of recognitions. Middle-distance runner Josh Thompson earned three All-America honors for the first time in 20 years and Hassan Abdi won Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2017. Lockhart's guidance led Craig Nowak to the Indoor High-Point Award.
In 2016, Lockhart assisted coaching transfer Josh Thompson into a national contender, bringing his personal best mile time down from 4:15 at the beginning of the season to 3:58.33. Thompson went on to win two Big 12 titles in his debut indoor season and anchored the distance medley relay team to the third-fastest time in NCAA history, as well as a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
An impactful competitor at Wisconsin and former national high school athlete of the year, Lockhart came to Stillwater from the University of Oklahoma, where he served as an assistant coach for the Sooners track and field/cross country program in 2007-08.
A 2007 graduate, Lockhart helped Wisconsin win a national cross country championship in 2005 after finishing runner-up three consecutive years. He was also part of 11 Big Ten championship-winning XC, indoor track and outdoor track teams.
Twice an NCAA All-American at Wisconsin, Lockhart earned the honor once each in cross country and outdoor track (10,000-meter run). He was twice named to the All-Big Ten Conference Cross Country Team.
Bursting onto the scene as one of the nation's most talented high school distance runners, Lockhart was a member of Team USA at the 2002 World Cross Country Championships and was named a Nike Athlete of the Year after winning the two-mile run at the Nike Indoor Nationals and two-mile run at the Adidas Outdoor Classic. Lockhart was also runner-up at the 2001 Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships and won 19 state titles in Virginia, including a record four in cross country. He was inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame in 2015.
Achieve that vital base training phase in preparation for the upcoming cross country season, learn what it takes to reach your potential, and get to know current UNC student-athletes as you explore what it’s like to be a student-athlete at this great university. The camp is open to all middle-distance and cross country athletes, ages 11-18, whom are interested in furthering their knowledge on training, injury prevention, running bio-mechanics, nutrition, strength training, and recovery.
Educational lectures are given by accomplished NCAA coaches on topics geared toward achieving maximum performance through the many facets of training that have an impact on racing at your best. UNC coaches conduct a session to analyze, critique, and offer insight into each camper’s running bio-mechanics. Campers also have the opportunity to run and spend time with current Carolina student-athletes.
2019 Session Information
Check-in: Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 pm at the housing site (105 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill 27514).
Check-out: Sunday from 11:00-12:00 pm at the housing site.
Room & Board: Campers stay on-campus in dorms within walking distance to the track facilities and dining halls. Two campers per room. All meals are provided at camp, with the majority of meals held at Rams Head Dining Facility on campus. Campers may bring extra snacks for their dorm room.
What to Bring: Campers may want to bring additional spending money for pizza or extra snacks to have in their dorm room. We also make a trip to the campus bookstore for a chance to purchase UNC apparel and extra camp t-shirts are available for purchase. Any additional supplemental rehab tools such as foam roller, massage stick, or massage balls are also encouraged if that is your normal routine. Please also bring an extra towel (in addition to your shower towel) for our off-campus runs. You need to bring bed/shower linens, bath accessories, and a pillow.
Training Attire: Please check the weekly forecast leading up to camp and pack clothes to accommodate the weather. We recommend packing two sets of workout clothes for each day to prevent from spending the day in wet clothing.
Group Discounts: If four 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
- 7:00 AM Wake-up Call
- 7:15 AM Day Campers can be dropped off at dorm
- 7:30 AM Roll call and depart for morning run: American Tobacco Trail
- 7:45 AM - 9:45 AM Run, stretch, breakfast
- 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM Learn by doing: Post Practice Routines
- 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch at Rams Head Dining
- 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free time: movies, games, rest
- 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Campus walk
- 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Bio-mechanic analysis of videos
- 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Optional second run from campus: Battle Park/FF/Mason Farm
- 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner at Rams Head Dining
- 8:00 PM Depart for Mardi Gras Bowling
- 8:00 PM or 10:00 PM Day campers can be picked up at dorm
- 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM Bowling night at Mardi Gras Bowling
- 10:30 PM Room check - Lights Out
Campers have the opportunity to run at many of the venues that the Tar Heels use for practice including nearby Carolina North Forest, American Tobacco Trail and our own cross country course at Finley Fields. Our runners stay in the dorms on campus and eat in the University's dining hall.
Camp Questions & Answers
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 dorm room with another single camper, similar in age. It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport and to have FUN!
How are runners placed in their running groups?
The Staff has created a formula that determines running groups. Groups are based on a combination of recent mileage, season best 5k, and long runs. A change in groups can be accommodated if staff members leading those groups feel it is needed.
How and when will I receive my Registration packet with important camp details?
Well before the start of your camp (at least 3 weeks), you will receive a Registration Packet which will include all the important details about camp: directions to camp, when to arrive, what to pack/ bring, camp address (for mail) and key camp phone numbers and the Medical/ Release form, etc.
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, signed by the parent (guardian), and brought with you to the first day of camp.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Campers dine in the school cafeteria which offers a variety of different meal options that are sure to accommodate most campers’ dietary needs. In the case that a camper possesses extreme dietary restrictions, please reach out to school’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.
How many campers are placed in a dorm and do you accommodate roommate requests?
Campers stay 2 per room. When you register for the 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 give us a call or send us an email. We accommodate all roommate requests, made before 2 weeks before the start of camp. Campers who do not submit a roommate request will be placed in a dorm with other runners, similar age and same gender.
What is the cancellation policy?
Hopefully, you will not have to cancel, but if you must, please do so early so that those on the waiting list can be notified.
For those who have Cancellation Protection: Cancellation Protection entitles you to a full refund of camp fees (deposit or full payment) if you cancel for any reason before June
1st. Please note: $50 Cancellation Protection fee is non-refundable.
If you cancel after June 1st, 2019, we will issue you a camp voucher for all camp fees paid, valid through 2020. Your camp voucher is transferable to family and may be used for any Nike Running Camp.
For those who do not have Cancellation Protection: If you have to cancel, for any reason, we will issue you a Nike Running Camp voucher for all camp fees paid, valid through
2020. Your camp voucher is transferable to a family member and may be used for any Nike Running Camps. Cash refunds will
be given only with the purchase of Cancellation Protection and who cancel on time.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
They talk about camp every day and can’t wait until next year
July 16, 2018: Gabe and Gavin loved the UNC runners as his counselors. Both of my kids remembered every word they said. Any advice they give or encouragement is golden to them. They talk about camp every day and can’t wait until next year. They learned strategies for a successful running season/year and the importance of off-season training. Learning the warmup and running techniques used by UNC runners, and meeting new friends their age who they continue to speak with daily were amazing experiences. They have made lifelong friends and can’t wait until next UNC camp.
— Dawn L. Parent
She also was able to improve her running skills
July 3, 2018: She thought the counselors were knowledgeable and nice. She also was able to improve her running skills while making new friends. She has lots of fun! She thought that all of the staff were very knowledgeable and had lots of good tips!
— Kristen B. Parent
She had a wonderful time
July 1, 2018: Running on the nearby trails and interacting with the fun counselors were my daughter’s favorite experiences. She also enjoyed learning more about the college running environment! She had a wonderful time! Thank you
— Allison M. Parent
Full Collegiate Running Experience
Talking with coaches and leaders, learning new stretches in the field house, running at Umstead, living in the dorms and getting the collegiate experience
— Paxton C., Camper 2017
He enjoyed all the runs. The nutritional information was informative and learning new exercises for multiple parts of the body. Richard also loved all of food options! My only suggestion: When there are speakers discussing nutrition, exercises etc..., it would be wonderful if handouts could be given out. There was a lot of knowledge expressed, but my son can only remember bits and pieces.
— Beverly L., Parent 2017
Loved The Atmosphere!
Carter really enjoyed running with the UNC team members and getting to know them. He loved the entire atmosphere, campus, and experience!
— Tiffany C., Parent 2017
The Nike Carolina Distance Camp is a great way to kick off the summer. Both our middle school aged son who is just starting in running and our more advanced high school runner son took a great deal away from the camp. I would definitely send them again!
— Christine T., Parent 2016
I wish they gave us more freedom (allowing us to walk around campus). Some people were from out of state and never even got to see where they were.
— Ashley S., Camper 2016
The coaches created a positive environment where the kids learned new skills and training techniques while having fun.
— Elizabeth S., Camper 2016
Coaches were approachable
The coaches corrected my running form and we ran on some great trails. The coaches were so approachable and really helped me out. I wish we had more food options in the cafeteria.
— Sarah R., Camper 2016