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TRAIN. COMPETE. IMPROVE.

Join us in Omaha, Nebraska for our 2019 Nike XC Camp at Creighton University. Come train Head Men's and Women's XC Coach Chris Gannon, one of the premier cross country coaches in the state.

The Creighton campus and surrounds provide the perfect combination of recreational opportunities and a physically safe environment for kids to enjoy their experience of living on a college campus and making the most of their training.

Highlights Include
  • Low 10:1 camper to coach ratio
  • Strength and Conditioning coach on staff
  • Guest speakers addressing XC prep, running technique and gear.
  • Nutritionist on staff
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Camp Coaches

  • Nike Creighton Coach Chris Gannon

    Head Coach Chris Gannon

    Chris Gannon was named the head coach of the Creighton University men's and women's cross country programs in February 2018. Gannon coached Skutt Catholic High School to a Boys Cross Country state title in 2017 and a runner-up finish on the Girls side in his only year with the Sky Hawks. He also served as head coach of the track program while at Skutt.

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  • Nike Creighton Coach Matther Fayers

    Assistant Coach Matthew Fayers

    Former Oklahoma State All-American and Sub-4 miler, Matthew Fayers, began his coaching stint with the Bluejays in the fall of 2018. Coach Fayers has proven to be invaluable in his first year with the program, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience from someone who has competed at the most elite levels. Fayers continues to run competitively and looks to make 2019 his fifth straight year of recording a Sub-4 mile!

  • Nike Creighton Coach Anne Shadle

    Sports Psychologist Dr. Anne Shadle

    Dr. Anne Shadle was a 2x NCAA National Champion and former professional runner who now works with the USATF, IAAF, and USA Baseball.

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  • Nike Creighton Coach Chris Sinos

    Nutritionist Chris Sinos

    Chris Sinos is in his second year as the Sports Nutrition Consultant for Creighton Athletics. Chris is responsible for nutrition education for all sports, through individual and team meetings. He also serves as a sports nutrition resource for coaches and staff.

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  • Nike Creighton Coach Aaron Davidson

    Assistant Coach Aaron Davidson

    Aaron Davidson, head XC Coach at Shawnee Mission North (Kansas), was the 2016 Kansas Coach of the Year. Davidson has lead SMN to State Championships in both track and cross country and had the 2018 boys Cross Country Individual State Champion. Davidson competed in the 2013 USA Half-Marathon Championships.

  • Nike Creighton Coach Aaron Yoder

    Assistant Coach Aaron Yoder

    Aaron Yoder is the Head XC and Track Coach at Bethany College (KS). The Bethany College record books have been re-written under Yoder's guidance, eight years total and four as head coach. Additionally, Aaron is the World Record Holder in the Backwards Mile. 

  • Nike Creighton Coach Kaci Lickteig

    Professional Runner Kaci Lickteig

    Kaci Lickteig is a professional runner and physical therapist in Omaha. She is one of the top ultra-marathoners in the world and was the 2016 Western States champion. Kaci has a wealth of knowledge and experience helping runners prevent and return from injury.

  • Nike Creighton Coach Steve Carroll

    Assistant Coach Steve Carroll

    Steve Carroll is the Head Track and Cross Country Coach at Skutt Catholic High School, he led the boys team to a 2018 Cross Country State Championship. Carroll has helped coach some of the best performances in school history, on both the track and xc course. Coach Carroll has been a long-time coach for the SkyHawks and was the top assistant on staff during the 2017 Cross Country Boys State Championship and Girls State Runner-Up.

  • Nike Creighton Coach Peter Falcon2

    Mental Health Therapist Peter Falcon

    Peter Falcon started working with the Creighton University athletic department in August 2017 as sports mental health therapist and mental health consultant. He works with a variety of student-athletes, where he performs individual counseling utilizing a variety of sports performance and evidenced based clinical counseling techniques.  

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  • Nike Creighton Coach Traci Stoop

    Assistant Coach Traci Stoop

    Traci Stoop is the head girls cross country coach and assistant track coach at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She has helped lead both programs to recent success and had a number of athletes advance to the college level. Stoop was a former college athlete at the NAIA level and continues maintain a passion for running, having completed full and ultra marathons. She continually devotes her time and energy into helping student-athletes achieve their goals. 

Camp Details

2019 DATES

Coed: July 24-27
Next Level Add-on: July 23

Camp Description

The camp features several instructional sessions per day, hot meals, and lodging in residence halls. An evening recreation program is also included.

Multiple sessions with guest speakers address summer cross country preparation, running technique and gear, the college experience for runners, technology tools to enhance training, the topic of lifestyle, nutrition and sports psychology, as well as providing inspiration and purpose for the work ahead.

What is Next Level?

"Next Level" is a one day add-on before camp starts. It is created for athletes entering their Junior and Senior year of high school who are looking to engage in one-on-one development. Athletes receive individual sessions with our staff on: nutrition, sports psychology, running form, racing strategy and more. There are an extremely limited number of spots available for the "Next Level" upgrade. Are you ready to take your running to the "Next Level"? If so, be sure to say YES to Next Level, during registration.

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Camp Hours

Next Level: Tuesday, July 23rd - 10am
Check-in: Wednesday, July 24th - 12pm
Checkout: Saturday, July 27th - 11am

INSTRUCTION

Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: skill, age, times and years of experience
Evaluation: verbally given by coaching staff
Facility: Track and trails

HOUSING

Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms: shared on floor
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: TBA
Key Deposit: TBA
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: a certified athletic trainer is on-site

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.

REGISTRATION PACKET

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.

TRAVEL

We do not offer transportation to and from camp.

GROUP DISCOUNTS

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 Wake-up
  • 7:30 AM Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM Workout
  • 10:30 AM Strength Clinic
  • 11:30 AM Lunch/Shower/Free time
  • 1:00 PM Clinic
  • 2:00 PM Workout
  • 3:00 PM Shower/Free time
  • 4:00 PM Clinic
  • 5:30 PM Dinner
  • 7:00 PM Evening activity
  • 10:00 PM Lights out

Nike Creighton Facilities Wabashtrail

Located on 140 acres just outside of Omaha's central business district, Creighton offers amazing facilities for our campers, including indoor facility options. The Rasmussen Center features an indoor artificial field and the Kiewit Fitness Center houses a 220 meter Mondo surface.

Campers run on a number of local trails used by the Creighton Cross Country team. These trails include: crushed limestone, dirt single-track, and paved surfaces. We also utilize Morisson Stadium, home to Bluejay soccer, which is regarded as the top collegiate soccer facility in the country. Campers also have the opportunity to utilize the Championship Center, the state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center for Creighton athletics.

Camp Questions & Answers

When and where will the check-in and check-out take place for the Creighton University Running Camp?

All campers check in at the Sokol Arena/Ryan Athletic Center at noon on Wednesday, July 24th, first day of camp. For those registering for the Next Level (early arrival) check in on Tuesday, July 23rd at 10am. You must preregister for the Next Level program. Follow the signs on campus to registration.

Check out is on Saturday, July 27th. Overnight campers check out at 11am from their dorm. Day campers are finished at 10:30am and depart from Ryan/Sokol.

What is Next Level?

Next Level is incredible and unique opportunity for an athlete to receive individualized coaching, nutrition, and mental strategies to help take their running to the "Next Level." This add-on is available to those entering their Junior and Senior year of high school, there are a VERY limited number of spaces available for Next Level. Runners arrive on Tuesday, the day before the start of camp on Wednesday.

What happens if it starts to rain during camp?

We are fortunate to have amazing facilities at Creighton and have multiple contingency plans in place for inclement weather. Indoor facility options include the Rasmussen Center which features an indoor artificial field and the Kiewit Fitness Center which houses a 220 meter Mondo surface.

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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 camp staff does our best to pair athletes up by similar ability levels and age.

How many miles do we run each day?

Athletes run twice a day. Campers are allowed and encouraged to run their summer programming during the morning run, which is a larger segment of time; athletes have run everywhere from 3 miles to 8 miles during this block. The afternoon slot is a speed and bio-mechanics session, focused on speed development. Total workload for the day varies based on runner’s experience and ability, it is mostly left to the athletes discretion/summer training plan.

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. Creighton Dining does a fantastic job providing for dietary restrictions, please notify us of these needs when you register for camp.

What are some of the evening activities that are planned for the campers?

Fun and exciting after evening activities are an important part of the camp experience and are carefully planned by the staff. Evening activities include guest speakers, games, contests and competitions.

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?

Overnight campers are assigned tow 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.

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.

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 through2020. 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 Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 5.00 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    The guest speakers were awesome

    My child enjoyed how everyone was comfortable with one another which made the runs and evening activities that much more fun. She made many new friends from all over that she is still in touch with. She also really enjoyed all the speakers and took a lot away from them.

    — Penny A., Parent 2018

    • 5/5.
    Learned about nutrition, stretching and running!

    He enjoyed running at different trails, meeting the camp counselors/athletes. He had takeaways in regards to nutrition, stretching, running, etc. He also enjoyed that he got to meet so many people from different places that share the love of running!

    — Laura S., Parent 2018

    • 5/5.
    Great New Friends!

    Made some great new friends and coaches were great! Seeing the school for the first time was awesome!

    — Chris H., Parent 2018

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    • 5/5.
    Everyone shared the same passion

    My child enjoyed meeting new athletes who shared the same passion and also had fun at the creative evening activities.

    — Rachelle L., Parent 2018

Nike Cross Country Camp Creighton University

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Chris Gannon, Head Coach
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, Nebraska 68178
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Cross Country
Age Group: 12 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $485.00
Availability: Yes

Extended Day (9am-9pm) $385.00
Availability: Yes

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
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