Nike Cross Country Camp Oberlin College
TRAIN. COMPETE. IMPROVE.
All skills training is offered to boys and girls, ages 10-18. Athletes master the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain valuable race experience.
Located 25 miles southwest of Cleveland in the small town of about 8,600 residents, Oberlin College is the ideal setting for young runners to experience first hand what it feels like to be a collegiate athlete. Campers train in one of the best college towns in the state of Ohio and receive comprehensive running instruction from an enthusiastic and experienced Oberlin coaching staff. Oberlin College is an integral part of the city of Oberlin and we are thrilled to be a part of it once again this summer
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
- Lunch is included for day campers
- Training under college level coaches
- Post-camp goal setting and training tools
- Guest speakers and nutrition guidelines
- Camp open to ages 10-18
- Video analysis
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Camp Director Ray Appenheimer
Ray Appenheimer enters his 14th season as the director of track and field and cross country at Oberlin College. During his tenure, Appenheimer has built Oberlin’s track and field and cross country programs into perennial powers in the nation, region and the North Coast Athletic Conference.View Ray's Bio ⟩
Appenheimer also coached with the Nike Farm Team in Palo Alto, CA from 2002 to 2004, working with numerous Olympic trial qualifiers from 800 to 10,000 meters. Coach Appenheimer was a five-time All-American, two-time national champion, 1999 World Cross Country Team member and 2000 Olympic trials qualifier at 5000 meters with a career best of 13:28.99.
The Nike Cross-Country Camp at Oberlin College helps athletes of all abilities develop the skill set they need to compete at the highest level. Camp emphasizes teaching the fundamentals of cross-country running, with the overall goal of developing good habits that lead to even better results. The staff at Oberlin has had considerable success developing young men and women into competitive athletes, and we bring the same principles to our campers. We also emphasize teaching and the quality of campers’ experience. We want to provide a fun, engaging environment that helps foster a love of running, a sense of community among campers, and a springboard for a successful fall cross country season.Show Less See More Camp Details
2018 SESSION DETAILS
Session Dates: July 15-19, 2018
Check-in: Sunday between 1:00-3:00 pm at the Conference Services Stevenson Office, located at 155 N. Professor Street.
Check-out: Graduation is on Thursday from 10:00am-12:00pm at Kahn Track followed by check out for overnight campers from the dorm.
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
Players Grouped by: age, ability and event
Facility: The Bob Kahn Track & Fried Shults Field, and surrounding trails.
Dorm: Burton Hall (subject to change)
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so no later than 14 days before the start of camp. After that, the request cannot be guaranteed.
Bathrooms: on every floor
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: no, fan recommended
Key Deposit: $60, please bring check, payable to US Sports Camps
Spending Money: $40, please do NOT bring a pre-written check
Medical Facility: an athletic trainer is on-site and a doctor is on-call for emergencies
Closest Airport: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
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
- 7:00am Wake up
- 7:15am - 8:15am Breakfast - Stevenson Dining Hall
- 8:30am - 9:00am Morning fitness at Kahn Track
- 9:00am - 9:45am Guest speakers & announcements
- 10:00am Progression run at Oberlin Reservoir
- 12:30pm Lunch
- 1:30pm Guest speakers & individual running mechanics analysis
- 2:15-3:45pm Breakout sessions
- 4:00pm Pacing practice
- 5:30pm - 6:30pm Dinner
- 7:00pm - 10:00pm Recreational activities - special lectures, pool time, bowling, games etc.
- 10:00pm Curfew & room check
- 10:30pm Lights out - quiet hours begin
Campers train at Oberlin College’s new Bob Kahn Track and Fred Shults Field. Completed in fall 2008, Bob Kahn Track is an eight-lane, Beynon, single-pour surface, similar to the track at historic Hayward Field. We also run on the adjacent Oberlin College Nature Trail – a fast, wood chip trail that starts just a few hundred meters from the track.
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Everything I was looking for
Favorite topics from camp: mental preparation, St. Ignatius coach and the 3-time Olympian. "They covered everything I was looking for."
— Binnie K., Parent of Camper 2017
Helped my child tremendously understand the process of training and not just running - from nutrition to timing/pacing.
— Stacey M., Parent of Camper 2017
Learned a lot
I loved the Nike running camp because it pushed me in ways that I didn't think I could be pushed. It helped me learn a lot about running and the mental part of running thanks to the counslers and the fenominal speakers. I feel like this camp prepared me for the season ahead of me like nothing else could and I can't wait to use all of the things that I learned.
— Lena H., Oberlin College Camper '16
Best camp experience
"It was the best experience I ever had in a summer camp I will be back next year and I hope I can bring some of my friends with me to get the same experience that I got."
— Frankie M., Oberlin College Camper
Camp will push you
"If you want a camp that will push you and help you realize parts of running you didn't realize where parts of running, these camps are for you."
— Brendan B., Oberlin College Camper
Get back into shape
"For those looking to "step up their game" or just get back into shape before pre-season practice starts, I would say DO IT!"
— Bridget D., Oberlin College Camper
"Excellent program with variety in training, and after training entertainment."
— Kerry S., Oberlin College Camper
Be back next year!
"Nike running camps are something I've done the past two summers and I most definitely will be back next year!"
— Austin C., Oberlin College Camper
"My younger beginner and older intermediate both had a great experience. Camp started out more serious and ended up with fun running games. Both felt like they got a lot out of the camp."
— Leslie G., Parent of Oberlin College camper
"My child has come home from camp so motivated to continue applying what she had learned from camp. She has continued the exercises taught to her at camp and is so excited for the upcoming cross country season. The video was also very helpful and she is working on making changes to her running style. Thank you Nike and Coach Appenheimer."
— Melvin N., Parent of Oberlin College camper
Coming Back Next Year!
"My son came home with a huge smile on his face. He had a great time making new friends and learning some valuable running techniques. He will definitely be back next year!"
— Johnathan G., Parent of Camper
learned so much
This is a very good camp! You will be pushed, but only to further you skill in the sport of running. All the workouts, drills, and stretches all aid to your running performance. I learned so much here!
— Kate W., Oberlin College Camper '16
"If you are yearning for outside opinions on your ability, new workouts to improve your times and an opportunity to meet other motivated runners, a Nike camp would be beneficial for you to attend."
— Leslie G., Past Camper
"I felt it was worthwhile investment. My daughter came back more excited about the sport of running. She was so happy that she got excellent coaching, but was able to make new friends and have fun too!"
— Silvia W., Parent of Camper
"They coach really well! Nike Running Camps is a great experience for kids who LOVE to run!"
— Erick C., Camper
I wish there was more attention being payed to the campers. I felt alone most of the week and when I went looking for help when I was sunburned there were no counselors to offer it to me. I felt like there was no effort to get to know me from anyone there.
— Michele B., Oberlin College Camper '16
"My son had a great experience at the camp. He is already looking forward to next year. Thank you for the time and energy you put into the camp."
— Darlene M., Parent of Camper
"If you're a runner this camp is perfect for you. It’s fun, hard, and really improves you."
— Jared C., Camper
"I loved this camp, it was amazing. I had so much fun and made some awesome friends."
— Tracey J., Camper
"Hard, perfect cross country workouts with resting time at dorms in-between. Counselors were easy to talk to and very helpful. Freedom to walk to shops in town during free time was great! Loved everybody and everything at camp!"
— Tracey J., Camper
Take it to the Next Level!
"I would recommend this to any runner who would want to move on to the next level."
— Neal M., Camper
Great Guest Speakers
"My daughter liked the guest speakers and the video of her running mechanics. She also enjoyed the diversity of the runs."
— Marcus W., Parent of Camper
Could use more endurance training
I think they're could be a little bit more endurance running. We did a lot of conditioning, and I would love to go on 5/6 mile trail runs
— Blake S., Oberlin College Camper '16
The camp in Oberlin, OH was incredibly fun! I met a lot of fun people and we ran on beautiful, scenic trails!
— Guillermo C., Oberlin College Camper
Cant wait to go next year!
I loved the camp and the instructors. I met a lot of wonderful people. I would recommend the Nike camp to everyone and I can't wait to go next year.
— Adam C., Oberlin College Camper
Felt Right at Home
Even though there were not many 10 year olds, the staff and other campers made my son feel right at home. He was able to do all activities and enjoyed all the running. This was his first time and now he's ready to go back. As a parent there is nothing better then seeing your children smile and happy.
— Randy P., Parent of Oberlin College Camper
This is camp is perfect for a runner who has been keeping up with summer training or is looking for a way to get back into training for the upcoming season. The entire coaching staff really cares about running, and create an incredible environment for others who are passionate about running.
— Lucy R., Oberlin College Camper
Loved the Diversity of Activities
Excellent head coach and additional speakers/trainers. Loved the diversity of activities, education along with training and fun.
— Jack B., Oberlin College Camper
Good strengthening workouts (core workouts,etc) and quality miles along with improving running form. The camp director was excellent as well as the additional speakers/trainers.
— Edgar E., Oberlin College Camper
Intensive week of training
The whole experience is a great one. I went without knowing anyone and easily felt at home and made lots of friends. I learned a lot and felt like I had an intensive week of training. It prepared me well for the cross country season to come.
— Julie C., Oberlin College Camper
Gained a vast amount of running knowledge
They provided intense workouts that focused on strengthening abdominal as well as other major running muscles. They also made sure that the exercises were being done correctly and they provided a vast amount of running knowledge.
— Chelsea B., Oberlin College Past Camper
Friendly and informative staff
I thought the individual running analysis was excellent feedback. It provided information that I did not have before. Staff was very friendly and informative.
— Naomi G., Oberlin College Past Camper
I returned to the camp for a second year and can highly recommend it to any high school cross country runners. It helped me to prepare for the upcoming Cross Country season. I had a great experience and made a lot of friends.
— June W., Oberlin College Past Camper
Running analysis was great
The Nike camp was a great experience for my son. The feedback on the running analysis was great and help correct his form. The camp is filled with running activities so you are never bored and provides good information on running competitively.
— Margaret P., Parent of Oberlin College Camper