Nike XC High Altitude Camp at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
High Altitude: Train. Compete. Improve.
Come to the 2019 Nike XC High Altitude Camp held on the campus of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs . Encounter the beautiful landscape of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak in the heart of Olympic City! Experience the training runs at Bear Creek Park, Garden of the Gods, and Gold Camp Road. This is high altitude training at its best.
- High altitude training
- Training tips, supplemental training, injury prevention techniques
- Current UCCS athletes as counselors
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
- Sport specific strength and mobility sessions
- Sessions on race strategies and goal setting
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Assistant Coach Sara Kettelkamp
Coach Sara Kettelkamp is now in her 5th year of coaching at UCCS and has helped coach multiple athletes to school records, NCAA Championship appearances, All-American, All-Region and All-RMAC performances, top-five all-time program marks, and lifetime bests. She plans to continue her passion of coaching and mentoring runners towards personal and athletic goals and can’t think of a better place to do this than in Colorado.View Sara's Bio ⟩
Sara’s passion for running began in high school and continued throughout college where she pursued a degree in Sports Conditioning and Training at UCCS while competing for the cross-country and track team. Looking to expand her knowledge outside of her degree she became a certified personal trainer as well as a certified strength and conditioning coach. It was then that Sara volunteered as an assistant coach for the Palmer High School Cross Country and Track & Field team. This experience helped lock in her passion for coaching. Before graduating, Sara was offered a position as a graduate assistant coach with the UCCS team while she pursued a master’s degree in Health Promotion. While pursuing her master’s degree Sara spent most of her time researching functional movement and how to incorporate that into a running program. This research has led to a published article and an overhaul of the team’s strength training routines, which now focuses on identifying and improving the weaknesses of each athlete in order to improve overall strength.
Head Coach Corey Kubatzky
Coach Kubatzky returned to UCCS in 2014, where he previously served as a graduate assistant coach and an assistant coach, to lead the women’s program after spending 4 years as an assistant coach with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project.View Corey's Bio ⟩
While an assistant coach, the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project produced Olympian and Boston Marathon runner-up Desiree Linden (Davila), several US Team Members for IAAF track and cross-country World Championships, and many top-10 finishers at US Championships. The experience gained while apprenticing under great coaches at the DIII, DII and Professional level and working with some of the best runners in the country on a daily basis helped form his current coaching philosophy. While at UCCS, Coach Kubatzky has coached athletes to school records, NCAA Championship appearances, All-American, All-Region and All-RMAC performances, top-five all-time program marks, and lifetime bests. He also currently coaches a small group of elites and sub-elites, including four athletes who achieved Olympic Trials Qualifiers while under his direction. Kubatzky earned his master’s degree from UCCS and his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis where he competed for the cross-country and track teams, serving as team captain his senior year. He is married to Lavenna Kubatzky, herself an accomplished distance runner, who teaches 3rd grade at Oak
Creek Elementary School. He is originally from Georgetown, Texas.
The Nike UC Colorado Springs XC Camp is designed to further each runner's knowledge on training, injury prevention, nutrition, strength training, and recovery. Campers run in a high altitude environment with the majestic Rocky Mountains as their backdrop!
Local elite athletes are on hand for special guest speaking appearances.
2019 Session Information
Check-in: Wednesday, July 17th at 3pm
Check-out: Saturday, July 20th at 11am
Sport specific strength and mobility sessions are help to help teach our runners how to train their body to handle the mileage and how to avoid injury. Additional breakout topics include goal setting and race strategy planning.
The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
We do not offer transportation to and from camp.
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
- 7:00 AM Breakfast
- 8:15 AM Learning Session-Guest Speaker
- 9:00 AM Depart for run at Bear Creek Park
- 9:30 AM Workout begins
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 1:00 PM Free time
- 2:00 PM Learning session
- 3:30 PM Interactive strength/mobility session
- 5:00 PM Free time or optional learning session – i.e. Transitioning to College / Recruiting
- 6:30 PM Dinner
- 8:00 PM Learning Session-goal setting and mental strategies
- 9:00 PM Free time
- 10:30 PM Lights out
Located at the base of the iconic Pulpit Rock, the Mountain Lion Fieldhouse offers one of the finest indoor track and field facility in the NCAA. The Fieldhouse boasts a 200-meter, 19 meter radius track oval with eight sprint lanes. It is home of the UCCS XC program. Most of our tactical/strength/and guest speaker sessions are held in this new facility.
Campers stay on-campus in dorms within walking distance to dining halls. Three to four campers reside per suite in air-conditioned dorms. All meals are catered to campus or held in the new campus dining facility, the Roaring Fork. Campers may bring extra snacks for their dorm rooms.
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 do you accommodate roommate requests?
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.
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.
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
My son loved the guest speakers!
July 23, 2018: He really enjoyed meeting the Olympic athletes and especially liked the talk given by the European runner. He also loved how the camp covered the mental aspect of running.
— Paige S., Parent
I would definitely recommend
July 25, 2018: My son had a great time at camp. He really enjoyed the coaches and will be back next year!
— Kim Y., Parent
Loved the cross training
July 22, 2018: The training was very organised and enjoyable. The different provided options for each workout gave everybody an option to choose from that suited their level.
— Amy G., Parent