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The 2019 Nike Rising Stars XC Camp develops runners to become better, faster and smarter athletes. At Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan, we provide an educational and inspirational experience for runners ages 12-18. Each camper is exposed to state-of-the-art training, as our knowledgeable staff uses a combination of drills, demonstrations and training theory to enhance their performance. Flexibility and weight training sessions provide a comprehensive package of the latest methods necessary to improve.

Highlights Include
  • Video analysis for form critique
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  • Top-notch instruction from college coaches
  • 10:1 Camper to Staff ratio
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Camp Coaches

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    Camp Director Andy Towne

    Andrew Towne is in his 6th year as head coach of the Hillsdale College track & field/cross country programs. During this time, he has lead the women to 5 NCAA podium finishes and the 2015-16 Div II Program-of-the-Year award. 

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    Assistant Coach Samantha Kearney

    Samantha Kearney re-joined Hillsdale College in February of 2016. For the Chargers, Kearney specializes in the middle distance/steeplechase events. Throughout her career with the Chargers, she coached several All-Americans, NCAA qualifiers, and GLIAC champions including Emily Oren and Amy Kerst.

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    Assistant Coach RP White

    RP White returned to Hillsdale College in the fall of 2016. White served as one of the assistant track/cross country coaches for the Chargers from 2011-2014, while specializing in the long distance events.

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  • Nate Miller Nike Running Camps

    Assistant Coach Nate Miller

    Nate Miller enters his 4th year as an assistant track & field coach for the Chargers. Miller specializes in the short sprints/jumps. Throughout his career with the Chargers, Miller has coached several School Record Holders and All-GLIAC honorees.

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    Assistant Coach Stargell Williams

    Stargell Williams joins the Hillsdale College Chargers as the throws coach. Williams most recently comes from Florida State University where he served as a volunteer assistant coach after his phenomenal career for the Seminoles.

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Camp Details

The Nike Rising Stars XC Camp at Hillsdale College helps athletes of all abilities develop the skill set they need to compete at the highest level. We teach the fundamentals of XC running with the overall goal of developing good habits that lead to even better results. Our coaching staff has considerable success developing young men and women into competitive athletes. We bring the same principles to our campers. We provide a fun, engaging environment that helps foster a love of running, a sense of community among campers, which is springboard toward a successful fall cross country season.

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2019 SESSION INFORMATION

271 Union Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242.

All campers receive their full running program each day weather permitting. In the threat of severe weather, we will adjust our schedule for the outdoor training runs.

Session 1

Check-in: Wednesday July 10th between 9:30-11:30am

Check-out: Saturday July 13th at noon from the dorms.

Session 2

Check-in: Sunday July 14th between 9:30-11:30am

Check out: Wednesday July 17th at noon from the dorms.

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every Nike Running Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.

INSTRUCTION

Ratio: 1:10
Runners are grouped by: age, ability and event
Evaluation: by coaching staff
Facility: Hillsdale College track and cross country course

HOUSING

Dorm: assigned at check in
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp and within limits of the room
Bathrooms: on every floor
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: no, fan recommended
Key Deposit: $25 – check payable to US Sports Camps
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: a certified athletic trainer is on-site

TRAVEL

Closest Airport: Capital Region International Airport- Lansing, MI
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

  • 8:00am Wake up
  • 8:30am Breakfast
  • 9:30am Morning training session
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm Lecture
  • 3:00pm Afternoon training session
  • 5:00pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Group activity

Hillsdale College Facility

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Runners have access to trail running that is less than a ½ mile from campus. On-campus, campers train at one of two Olympic caliber facilities. Indoor training is in the Biermann Center- which boasts the world’s widest indoor 200m track, using the same Mondo surface that was used in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Outdoors, runners train at the Herrick Track, also using the same Mondo surface that was used in the 2000 Sydney and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Camp Questions & Answers

How are runners placed in their running groups?

The Staff has created a formula that determines running groups. Groups are based on a combination of recent mileage, season best 5k, and long runs. A change in groups can be accommodated if staff members leading those groups feel it is needed.

What happens if it starts to rain during camp?

All campers receive their full running program each day weather permitting. In the threat of severe weather, we will adjust our schedule for the outdoor training runs.

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!

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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. In the case that a camper possesses extreme dietary restrictions, please reach out to school’s Dining Services to make the proper accommodations.

How many campers are placed in a dorm and do you accommodate roommate requests?

Campers stay 2 per dorm. 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.

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.

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. In the case that a camper possesses extreme dietary restrictions, please reach out to school’s Dining Services to make the proper accommodations.

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 4.73 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    This helped keep running fun

    July 15, 2018: The fun activities each night after hard workout day. Non-stressful environment keeping running fun. Unlike other camps that run kids for extreme distances over short period. This helped keep running fun.

    — Avery S, Camper

    • 5/5.
    He loved it all

    July 16, 2018: He loved it all. Dodge ball, college experience, lectures, running and nutritional tips. He wants to go back.

    — Doug C. Parent

    • 5/5.
    My son loved running the trails

    My son loved running the trails and had a lot of fun with the evening activities. He really enjoyed all the aspects of the camp.

    — Sarah G. Parent

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    • 5/5.
    He can’t wait to return next year

    July 15, 2018: Parker loved everything about it and can’t wait to return next year. Thanks so much!

    — Brenda T. Parent

    • 5/5.
    One on One Instruction

    My son learned a lot during the small group breakout sessions. He enjoyed his one-on-one time with the coaches working in the long-jump pit. The camp worked on his technique and increased his confidence in the sport.

    — Jim D., Parent 2017

    • 5/5.
    Great Coaches and Location

    Hillsdale coaches were prepared , professional and even the student athletes were there to help. We drove up from Florida, and were completely satisfied. It is not often you find a coaching staff who would spend this much time with the younger kids.

    — Joseph Z., Parent 2017

    • 5/5.
    Only way to go!

    If you seriously want to improve upon and grow in your running, going to a Nike Running camp is the only way to go. The Nike Running camp is the only camp in all sports that I've gone to that has drastically improved my skills. The coaching is very individualized and specific for each camper and definitely allows each camper to fulfill their potential. -Camper of 2016 Nike Running Camp

    — Alanna O., Camper

    • 5/5.
    Made great friends

    This was my daughters first sports camp and she LOVED IT! It's been over a week since she finished camp and she is still talking about what she learned and the great friends she made.

    — Sharon L., Parent 2015

    • 5/5.
    Overall, great camp

    The only complaint I had during the camp was how the group activity was after dinner. While I enjoyed every group activity, I feel like if they had been before dinner I would've been able to fall asleep faster because everyday without fail I was tired after dinner but the group activity woke me up again. Overall though, the camp was great!

    — Jessica N., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    Great improvement

    If you seriously want to improve upon and grow in your running, going to a Nike Running camp is the only way to go. The Nike Running camp is the only camp in all sports that I've gone to that has drastically improved my skills. The coaching is very individualized and specific for each camper and definitely allows each camper to fulfill their potentia

    — Nathan W., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    Builds relationships

    Builds a good athlete to coach relationship and balances having fun during workouts with learning and becoming a better runner.

    — Dylan L., Camper 2015

    • 5/5.
    Can't wait for next year

    Great location, awesome staff! Can't wait to come back next year!

    — Jazmin W., Camper 2015

    • 5/5.
    New love for running

    Nike Running Camps instilled in me a new love for running, which I can hopefully share with others and help motivate my team this year.

    — Thomas M., Camper 2014

    • 5/5.
    Lots of great activities

    A very fun camp with lots of great activities and detailed training sessions/lectures that you will remember for a long time.

    — Patrick K., Camper 2014

    • 5/5.
    Camp and facilities were great

    Nike Running Camps offer well instructions and seems to have a genuine interest in every athlete that comes there. The camp and facilities were great. Hope to go back next year!

    — Matt H., Camper 2014

Nike Rising Stars Cross Country Camp Hillsdale College

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Andy Towne, Camp Director
201 Oak Street
Hillsdale, Michigan 49242
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Cross Country, Track & Field
Age Group: 12 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $555.00
Availability: Yes

Extended Day (9am-9pm) $445.00
Availability: Yes

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Cross Country, Track & Field
Age Group: 12 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $555.00
Availability: Yes

Extended Day (9am-9pm) $445.00
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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