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The 2019 Nike Running Camp at Elmhurst College offers boys and girls, ages 12-18, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals necessary for efficient running. Drills to improve proper mechanics and form are incorporated daily. A combination of distance and speed training is utilized to help each runner prepare for his or her XC season.

Highlights Include
  • Movie night
  • Train trip into Chicago for running along Lake Michigan
  • Two training runs each day
  • Specific training programs for all levels
  • Informative and inspirational guest speakers
  • Top notch local coaching
  • Open to ages 12-18
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Camp Coaches

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    Camp Director Charlie Kern

    Charlie Kern has been coaching since 1991.  Coach Kern is currently the head boys track and cross country coach at York High School in Elmhurst, IL.  He has coached conference, sectional, state and national championship teams.  Charlie has coached at the club, middle school, high school, and junior college levels.

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  • Coach Eric Dettman

    Eric is currently the assistant cross country coach at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon.  Coach Dettman has been coaching cross country and track at Lincoln since 2012. 

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  • Coach Matt Paisley

    Matt Paisley is the head cross country coach at Thunder Ridge High School in Highlands Ranch, CO.  Coach Paisley has been coaching XC since 1993.

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  • Coach Sean McNamara

    Sean McNamara is a featured guest speaker at camp. As a youth, he ran for York High School and University of Michigan.  Sean won three Illinois state championships for York HS, finished 12 at the 2004 Foot Locker championships, and won the Nike Team Nationals individual title while leading York (KROY) to the inaugural team title. 

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Camp Details

Mini clinics are taught by staff and guest speakers to help campers learn applicable training theory, drills, and functional core strength.The overnight camp features several instructional sessions per day, three hot meals, and lodging in the College residence halls. An evening recreation program is also included.

Extended Day Campers (9:00 am-9:00 pm) - The extended day option offers the same features as the resident camp minus lodging.

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What are the sleeping arrangements?

Campers sleep in the dorms on the Elmhurst College campus. There are two campers per room and boys and girls are housed on separate floors.


Staff members reside in the same dorm as the campers, and participate in all evening activities.

2019 Session Information

Dates: June 6 - 9, 2019

Check-in: Between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Frick Center.
Check-out: Graduation/Awards ceremony between 11:00 am - 12:15 pm at the fields. Parents are invited! Check-out immediately follows.


Runners are grouped by: skill, age, times and years of experience
Evaluation: verbally given by coaching staff
Facility: Track and trails


Dorm: Assigned at check in
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: Guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms: Shared on floor
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: Yes
Key Deposit: $80 - check payable to US Sports Camps
Spending Money: Suggested $40, for snacks, souvenirs
Medical Facility: An athletic trainer is on-site and a hospital is two miles from campus


Nearest Airport: Chicago O’Hare or Chicago Midway
Transportation: Not provided

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 Morning run & core development
  • 8:30 am Breakfast & free time
  • 10:00 am Mini clinics
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 2:00 pm Mini clinic
  • 3:00 pm Afternoon workout/run
  • 5:30 pm Dinner
  • 7:00 pm Evening activities
  • 10:30 pm Lights out

Nike Cross Country Elmhurst College Facility

Conveniently located just 17 miles outside Chicago, Elmhurst College is an ideal location for summer training. Crushed limestone paths and grass running surfaces are within a short distance from campus. Campers have access to running on the Elmhurst College track and artificial turf soccer field.

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!

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?

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.

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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 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 Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.56 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Lots of content that he could incorporate directly into his training

    June 11, 2018: The Running was great, but the extra activities really added a fun component. Jason said there was a lot of content that he could incorporate directly into his training. Also, that he really enjoyed coach Kern’s running stories while out on a run. Thanks!

    — Tom D. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Jack had a lot of fun at this camp

    June 11, 2018: His favorite activity was the Lakefront Run, and he found the Long runs fun as well. Jack had a lot of fun at this camp and learned a lot as well.

    — Angela W. Parent

    • 5/5.
    She really liked the experience of being with other runners from the area

    June 11, 2018: She really liked the experience of being with other runners from the area. She would have liked more team building stuff but understand it's hard when not everyone is coming to camp with their team. The city trip and all the friends she made were her favorite parts I think.

    — Rita G. Parent

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    • 5/5.
    I loved the mini clinics

    June 11, 2018: The best parts of camp for me were dancing to country songs, the nice people, the games, runs, mini clinics, and the food. The trip into the city was fun too.

    — Jane A. Camper

    • 5/5.
    City trip was a highlight

    June 20, 2018: A huge highlight was being able to run with Coach Kern along the lakefront as well as to receive a few minutes of individual coaching from him. He was encouraged that he was able to have a few minutes with Coach Kern to go over his foot fall. Connor loved seeing the play at York- a fun addition. The city trip was a highlight, as well, so thank you for fitting that in despite the weather. The classroom time was very good, as well. As we consider sending both of our kids next summer as varsity high school runners, the individual attention from a member of the coaching staff would be hoped for. It’s wonderful that the numbers are growing- but along with that it would be great to have some individual attention so that they are leaving camp with personalized learning— appropriate for the price point of the camp. Charlie and Laura Kern were wonderful— as were their kids. An honor to be with them!

    — Jill P. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Valuable running experience!

    Nike running camp is an excellent way to run over the summer. Whether it be to get back into shape or to retain your fitness, all ability levels are covered at camp. Campers learn extremely valuable tips and skills to become a better runner, and have much fun while doing it. All runs are fun and interesting, and enable you to bond with both other campers and staff. Overall it is just a great camp.

    — Wendy H., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    Exposed me to new techniques

    This camp really helped me with things my high school coaches didn't expose me to. I've noticed myself become a much better runner and competitor after working with Coach Kern at the Nike Running Camp

    — Laura N., Camper 2015

    • 5/5.
    Loved it

    This was my daughter’s first running camp and she loved it. She learned so much from both coaching and staff. She also made great friends that she has stayed in touch with. She can't wait until next summer.

    — John R., Parent 2015

    • 5/5.
    So much fun

    This was 2nd year. I love it. Look forward to it all winter. Great running, great coaching, and so much fun. It's also good hard running!

    — Quintton L., Camper 2015

    • 5/5.
    Friendly environment

    Lots of fun, pushes you no matter what level you run at, learn more than anywhere else, friendly environment with all you can eat food

    — Matt J., Camper 2015

    • 5/5.
    Phenomenal experience!

    This camp was awesome! All of the coaches were outstanding. Nike did a great job with gathering the staff. Everyone was friendly and fun, but they also challenged me to give my best effort. I feel as if I learned more in just a few days than I had in all my previous years of running combined. What a phenomenal experience!

    — Alanna M., Camper 2015

    • 5/5.

    I would definitely recommend this camp to any runner who needs help with form or needs some motivation, or even just to run and have a good time. I learned a lot about training and how to improve my running.

    — Garrett H., Camper 2014

    • 5/5.
    Could use more personalized advice

    Could give us more personalized advice on technique and core development like stretching, lifting, things we can do when camp is over.

    — Tiffany L., Camper 2015

    • 5/5.
    Prepared for the upcoming season

    I had a wonderful experience at camp. The days were filled with many fun activities that kept you going and learning. Going to the city was also a great experience with the group. I made new friends and feel much more prepared for the upcoming season.

    — Mickey E., Camper 2014

    • 5/5.
    One of the best camps I've ever attended

    This is one of the best camps I've ever attended. Working hard and becoming a better runner is mixed with becoming a better person, meeting friends and having so much fun.

    — Patrick M., Camper 2014

    • 5/5.
    Entirely new attitude and outlook

    My daughter is anticipating the upcoming cross country season with an entirely new attitude and outlook. It was a great camp!!

    — Steve F., Parent 2014

Nike Cross Country Camp at Elmhurst College

Charlie Kern, Camp Director
190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Jr Camp
Age Group: 12 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $620.00
Availability: Yes

Extended Day (9am-9pm) $520.00
Availability: Yes

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-645-3226 we would be happy to help you.
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