Nike Cross Country Camp at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
In High Altitude: Train. Compete. Improve.
Come experience the opportunity to run through the beautiful landscape of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak in the heart of Olympic City! Training is at Bear Creek Park, Garden of the Gods, and Gold Camp Road.
- 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
Sara 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 Cross Country 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.
2018 Session Information
Check-in: Wednesday, July 18th at 3pm
Check-out: Saturday, July 21st 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
Room & Board: Campers stay on-campus in dorms within walking distance to dining halls. Three to four campers 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 room.
Currently, UCCS is building a brand new indoor track facility and it will be ready for camp. We are looking forward to spending most of our tactical/strength/and guest speaker sessions in this new facility. The Mountain Lion Fieldhouse will be a wide-radius 200-meter, six-lane flat track with an eight-lane, 60-meter straightaway inside the oval.
Camp Dates & Prices
This program has concluded for the season.
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