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Boys and girls ages 12-18 learn the fundamentals necessary for efficient running. Drills to improve proper mechanics and form will be incorporated daily. A combination of distance and speed training is utilized to help each runner prepare for his or her cross-country season. Mini clinics are taught by staff and guest speakers to help campers learn applicable training theory, drills, and functional core strength.

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

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 (9:00am-9:00pm) - 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.

2018 Session Information 

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


Ratio: 1:10
Players 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

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

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Overall Average Rating 4.50 / 5 Stars
    • 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.
    Overall great camp

    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. 

    — Isabella J., Camper 2016

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    • 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


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