Nike Clark Family Running Camp at the Pennington School
Train with the Royal Family of Track, the Clarks!
At the Nike Clark Family Running Camp we understand that to be the best, you must learn from the best! Located in Pennington, NJ, the Pennington School offers the perfect setting for our cross country and track & field programs. This beautiful 54 acre campus offers running trails and an outdoor track.
The Nike Clark Family Running Camp is directed and facilitated by its original creators and members of the royal family of track and field, the Clark Family. Hazel Clark, Joetta Clark and Jearl Miles Clark have 12 Olympic teams to their credit, and made history when they swept the 2000 Olympic trials under the coaching of world class coach JJ Clark, brother of Hazel and Joetta, and husband to Jearl Miles Clark.
- Overnight and commuter options
- Choose from Cross Country or Track & Field training programs
- Open to runners ages 13-18
- Individual and group instruction.
- Event specific training by former Olympic stars.
- Nike Running Camps T-shirt
- Specific training for all skill levels. All events offered, except for pole vault.
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Camp Director Hazel Clark
Hazel Clark is an American middle-distance runner who specializes in the 800 meters middle distance race. Clark was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2000, 2004 and 2008. She has won six national titles and two USA Olympic Trials events during her career.View Hazel 's Bio ⟩
Clark was a member of the Florida Gators track and field team and was coached by her brother J.J. While at Florida, she was undefeated in SEC competition and won five NCAA titles.
The Clark family has designed a comprehensive training camp program which focus on cross country and track & field fundamentals including drills, pacing, strength endurance, speed and core strengthening as well as the mental edge necessary for top athletic performances.
The Clark Family Running Camps allow Olympians, elite athletes and world class coaches to positively impact the lives of young athletes in an unprecedented way. These camps transcend athletics and provide campers with the tools necessary to be a champion. Hazel Clark states that “the Clark Family Running Camps offer expert instruction from our staff of Olympic stars in a challenging, fun and inspiring environment. Track and Field has given us amazing opportunities and we look forward to positioning upcoming athletes for ultimate success.”Show Less See More Camp Details
Events Offered at the Pennington School
- Middle Distance
- Cross Country and Distance
- Throws (Discus, Shot put, Javelin, Hammer)
- Jumps (Long, Triple, and High Jump)
Fun Facts about the Clark Family
Dr. Joe Clark is the patriarch of the family and the subject of the movie Lean On Me.
Joetta Clark Diggs is a 4 time Olympian and the founder of the JCD Sports Foundation.
Jearl Miles Clark is a 5 time Olympian and American Record Holder.
Hazel Clark is a 3 time Olympian and the founder of Future Olympian Sports Clinics and US Embassy appointed sports envoy.
JJ Clark is a 22 time Coach of the Year, a member of the 2008 Olympic team coaching staff, serves as the head coach at UCONN and has coached numerous NCAA champions, national champions, national team members and world class athletes including:
Chanelle Price the first American world champion in the 800 meters
Sarah Bowman Brown NCAA champion and NCAA meet record holder
Phoebe Wright NCAA champion 800 meters 1:58.22
Nicole Cook indoor collegiate record holder 800 meters
Treniere Moser 3X 1500m US national champion
Becki Wells Staley SEC cross country champion, NCAA champion 1500 meters, winner of the Commissioners Cup
Jackie Areson indoor and outdoor NCAA champion 5,000 meters
Mark Everett two- time world championship medalist, 1:43.20
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
- 6:30am Cross country campers run
- 7:00-8:00 Breakfast
- 8:00-8:30 Camp Announcements
- 8:30-9:30 Camp warm-ups and drills
- 9:30-9:45 Stretch and water break
- 9:45-11:00 Workout
- 11:00-11:15 Water break
- 11:15-12:00 Core / Stability
- 12:00-1:00pm Lunch
- 1:30-2:30 Breakout session
- 2:30-3:30 Conditioning / Cardio
- 3:30-5:00 Pool / Rest
- 5:00-7:30 Free Time / Dinner
- 7:30-9:30 Camp event
- 10:00 Lights Out
Founded in 1838, The Pennington School encompasses 54 acres complete with an outdoor track and nearby running trails. Located just 40 miles from Philadelphia and 60 from NYC, Pennington is centrally located with easy access for our campers coming from across the Northeast. Overnight campers stay in the air conditioned dorms on campus and eat in the school's dining hall. Lunch and dinner are included for our extended day campers.
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Improve Running Skills For The Future
The camp was great for how to safely continue training post-camp to be the most successful. the camp director could have been a little more organized.
— Nikki D., Parent 2017
Recommend this camp
I recommend this camp because it covers several areas of running that include diet, stretching and technique, and much more that will help you become a better runner.
— Terrell F., Camper 2016
Worth the trip
i would really recommend this camp to other because its not only hard work but i learned a lot and i can say even though i was sore everyday i learned that sore today strong tomorrow if you dont put in the work you wont be successful and hazel clarke along with her family and staff really showed that it takes a lot of work to be great in the sport oh plus the food is good i traveled all the way from the bahamas it was worth the trip
— Tanae N., Camper 2016
Will return next year
My son researched camps and found the Clark Family's Nike Camp. He enjoyed it thoroughly. The Clark's are serious athletes who work hard during the camps to improve the participant's skills. My son enjoyed the camp and looks forward to using his newfound/improved skills during the next high school track year. He would recommend this camp to anyone who is looking to improve their performance. He will return next year.
— Gabe M., Camper 2016
Clark family was inspirational
My daughter was very nervous about going to the camp and was concerned that the other athletes would be in better shape. However the staff was wonderful, encouraging and made her feel comfortable right off the bat. She actually surprised herself by doing well and had a blast. The Clark Family was inspirational and my daughter learned a great deal that will help her continue to improve her skills. I would recommend this camp to all those interested in track and field.
— Amy K., Parent 2016
Should cover more events
Perhaps an opportunity for the kids to cover a few events. Also if there was some more advanced information about how the camp would run, I think my daugter would have gotten more out of the camp earlier in the week. For example, she choose to focus on jumping the first day and didnt realize it wouldnt be more balanced with other events.
— Gina M., Parent 2016
Couldn't be happier
I was a varisty runner going into camp, but I still learned SO MUCH. It was incredible. I made a lot of great friends, I was challenged and educated, taught how to be a champion, and encouraged to be faster, better, and more efficient. I couldn't be happier with this camp.
— Amanda R., Camper 2016
More supervision in food lines
There was not enough food for those at the end of the lines. There was a simultaneous camp of younger kids who went first each day and took large amounts of food they threw out. If there are simultaneous day camps again, they need more supervision in the food lines. Also might be nice to separate middle school and high school ages to let the older kids socialize in peace.
— Lindsey C., Camper 2016
Improved skills and technique
This Nike running camp was by far the BEST training camp my son could have attended. It improved his skills in sprinting and technique in the field events to prepare him for HS. He will be back! - Very happy parent
— Dianne M., Camper 2016
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