Nike Cross Country Camp Creighton University
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.
- 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
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
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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.View Chris's Bio ⟩
Prior to taking the job at Skutt, Gannon served as the head track & field coach at Gross Catholic from 2007-14, guiding that program to their most successful period in school history. Additionally, Coach Gannon was a running coach and co-founder of Run Omaha Coaching.
He obtained his BS in Sports Administration from University of Nebraska Kearney in 2003 and a MS in Health and Human Performance in 2006 from Fort Hays State University. As a coach at FHSU, Gannon helped coach 16 national qualifiers, five All-Americans and the NCAA Regional Athlete of the Year.
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!
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.View Anne's Bio ⟩
Dr. Anne Shadle is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, where she earned her B.S. in Exercise Science. During her undergraduate career, Shadle was a member of the Huskers’ national powerhouse track and field team. She was an NCAA National Champion in both the indoor mile and the outdoor 1500 meters. Following graduation, Shadle ran three years professionally for Reebok and was a 2008 Olympic Trials semifinalist.
Shadle went on to earn her Masters Degree from the University of Missouri in Counseling Psychology. She also earned her Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion. Her research focused on understanding the psycho-emotional challenges, preparations and responses of Olympic Gold Medal-winning athletes.
Shadle is a Sport Science, Coaching Education and Training Professional with direct professional and academic experience. She has partnered with youth, high school, college, professional and Olympic athletes and coaches to develop sport science, psychology, performance trainings and educational initiatives that spur positive sport activities, improve athletic outcomes, and improve the overall sport experience for athletes and coaches.
Shadle is a certified mental performance consultant (CMPC) and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) Sport Psychology registry. She also serves on the Athlete Advisory Committee and the Sport Science Committee for USA Track and Field (USATF). She is heavily involved with coaching education, long-term athlete development programming and certification for the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), USATF, and USA Baseball.
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.View Chris's Bio ⟩
Sinos has been a Private Practice Registered Dietitian since 2013, working with both student and recreational athletes to enhance sports performance through science based nutrition strategies. Sinos became a Board Certified Registered Dietitian and Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist in 2013. In 2017, Sinos became Board Certified in Sports Dietetics through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. He has been a Certified Personal Trainer since 2005 through NASM, receiving certificates in corrective exercise, sports performance, weight loss and fitness nutrition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.View Peter's Bio ⟩
Some of these techniques include CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy. Sports performance techniques he utilizes include visual imagery, positive self-talk, enhancing self-esteem, goal setting, anxiety/stress management, and focus/concentration.
Peter’s athletic/distance running background spans over 18 years of experience. He ran for various USATF age group clubs like the Bellevue Breeze and Cornhusker Flyers, where he competed at a national level. He grew up in Nebraska and ran for Bellevue West High School, as well as for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2007-2012. Peter also has two years of coaching collegiate cross-country and track at Iowa Western from 2014-2016. Currently, he still runs competitively for a USATF Elite Development Club called Team Nebraska. He runs in local, regional, and national races, spanning from the mile up to the marathon.
Peter’s approach to counseling and coaching athletes involves combining his love for distance running, health and wellness, and mental health to provide a holistic approach to treating athletes to perform and maximize their talents and performances to the best of their abilities.
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.
Coed: July 24-27
Next Level Add-on: July 23
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.Show Less See More Camp Details
Next Level: Tuesday, July 23rd - 10am
Check-in: Wednesday, July 24th - 12pm
Checkout: Saturday, July 27th - 11am
Players Grouped by: skill, age, times and years of experience
Evaluation: verbally given by coaching staff
Facility: Track and trails
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.
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 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
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.
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 ReviewsSubmit a review
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
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
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
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