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Run Bold This Summer!

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. 

We hope you join us this summer for Carolina Distance Camp and take the next step in your training to achieve great things for the upcoming season! 

Highlights Include
  • 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 Coaches

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    Camp Director Mark VanAlstyne

    Mark VanAlstyne is in his fifth year as the head cross country and distance coach for the University of North Carolina track and field and cross country programs. Prior to Carolina, he served 21 seasons at the helm of North Florida’s track and field program.

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    Coach Logan Roberts

    Logan Roberts was promoted to Assistant Track and Field Coach in August of 2015. Roberts was previously a volunteer assistant coach with the program for two years prior. Roberts works directly with the cross country program and middle distance runners, but has a hand in coaching all distance runners.

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Camp Details

The Carolina Distance Camp is designed to give each camper the most authentic experience in learning what it means to be a track & field and cross country student-athlete at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 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.

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.

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.

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2018 Session Information

Check-in: Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 pm at the housing site (105 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill 27514).

Check-out: Saturday 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

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Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.29 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    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

    • 4/5.
    Nutritional Talks

    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

    • 5/5.
    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

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    • 5/5.
    Valuable Experience!

    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

    • 5/5.
    More Freedom

    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

    • 5/5.

    The coaches created a positive environment where the kids learned new skills and training techniques while having fun.  

    — Elizabeth S., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    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


Nike Carolina Distance Camps

Mark VanAlstyne, Camp Director
105 Stadium Drive
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514


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