Nike Cross Country Camp at Elmhurst College
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.
- 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 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.View Charlie's Bio ⟩
In high school, Charlie was a Kinney (now Foot Locker) finalist in 1986 and the New York State 1600m outdoor champion in 1987. Charlie went on to run collegiately for the University of Kentucky. He was a member of the last UK cross-country team to win the SEC Championship in 1988. Charlie has continued to run and has enjoyed success on the masters level, including a 1500m (masters 40) world championship in 2009.
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.View Eric Dettman's Bio ⟩
His most recent success was guiding Josiah Longstaff to a 1:51.8 personal best and the Oregon state championship at the 800 meter run. This past fall Coach Dettman helped guide the Lincoln Cardinals boys team to a second place finish in the Oregon State Cross Country Championships.
While competing for York HS in cross country and track, Coach Dettman earned all-state honor seven times. Coach Dettman believes that character development is as important as athletic development and shares his expertise in both areas.
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.View Matt Paisley's Bio ⟩
He has taught and coached at TRHS since 2004 and has coached numerous high school all-state and even collegiate All-American runners. He was an assistant coach at Clear Creek High School (Idaho Springs, CO) during their 1998 3A girls state championship season. He loves teaching history, mountain trail running, jiu-jitsu and making running sandals. Coach Paisley is a believer of running for life, not just for a championship. He lives in Castle Rock, CO with his wife and three teenage children.
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.View Sean McNamara's Bio ⟩
Sean’s PRs are 4:03.35 (mile), 7:58.89 (3K) and 14:07.39 (5K).
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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