Nike Cross Country Camp Oberlin College
The 2019 Nike XC Camp at Oberlin College is 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 & Running Tips ⟩
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.
Running Tips by Ray:
The Nike XC Camp at Oberlin College helps athletes of all abilities develop the skill set they need to compete at the highest level. All skills training is offered to boys and girls, ages 10-18. Athletes master the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain valuable race experience. Camp emphasizes teaching the fundamentals of XC 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 our campers’ experiences. We 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.
Oberlin is just 35 minutes from downtown Cleveland. Families can take in a professional baseball game, a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or tremendous fine arts scene - the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra and art gallery. Just 45 minutes from campus is Cedar Point Amusement Park, home of some of the world's best roller coasters.Show Less See More Camp Details
2019 SESSION DETAILS
Session Dates: July 14-18, 2019
155 N. Professor Street
Check-in: Sunday between 1:00-3:00 pm at the Conference Services Stevenson Office.
Check-out: Graduation is on Thursday from 10:00am-12:00pm at the 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 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
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, the 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.
Camp Questions & Answers
When and where will the check-in and check-out take place for the Oberlin Running Camp?
All campers check in to camp between 1:00-3:00 pm at the entrance to Griswold Commons, the center entrance to the Stevenson Building on Sunday, first day of camp. Follow the signs on campus to registration.
After a closing /graduation ceremony at 10:00 a.m., check out takes place at Kahn Track for day campers and Burton Hall for overnight campers, the last day of camp.
How much running should I have done prior to camp?
Your chances of having a successful camp increase greatly if you have a solid running base coming into camp. We suggest talking with your high school/middle school coach for a program to get you ready.
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 running background, age, 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.
How much do we run at camp?
We run once on Sunday, twice daily Monday to Wednesday, and once again on Thursday. The amount of running varies given your age and running background.
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 there chances to sit down one on one with the coaches?
Absolutely! There are plenty of opportunities after runs, at meals, and in the evenings to sit down and talk with the coaches.
What activities occur in the evenings?
Plenty of great stuff! We have a game night, pool night, movie night and bowling night most years.
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?
Yes, the dining hall provides well-rounded meals using locally sourced foods. From the picky eaters to those who are vegetarian/vegan, to those who require special gluten-free meals, our dining services work very hard to meet the needs for all our campers.
Do we do anything other than run?
Yes! To be a better runner you can’t just run - you also have to get stronger and make yourself more resilient to injury. Before every running session we take all campers through a series of general strength exercises meant to strengthen the core, legs, and upper body. We also introduce campers to different weight room exercises and perform a running gait analysis on each athlete.
Are there guest speakers?
Yes! Most days we will have a guest speak to the group in the morning and will have another guest present in the afternoon. Previous speakers have included a Sports Psychologists, highly accomplished high school cross country coaches, sports nutritionist, exercises physiologist, even a three-time Olympian.
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.
Do the dorms have air-conditioning?
Dorms are not air-conditioned. Bring a fan.
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 ReviewsSubmit a review
My favorite camp - I made some lifelong friends
Parent - My son made many life long friends, and learned some amazing things that will build on his running (and the teammates he shares what he learned) in many positive ways for years to come. Camper - They really make everyone feel welcome, they want to make you fell like a true team and I love that, because I made some really good friends that I will probably know forever. This is my favorite summer activity
— Paul, Camper 2018
Excellent camp for Varsity athletes
Nike created a fun and enjoyable atmosphere, as well as incorporated knowledge through fun experiences. The speakers were great and well prepared.
— Jane P., Camper 2018
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 2017
Helped my child tremendously understand the process of training and not just running - from nutrition to timing/pacing.
— Stacey M., Parent 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., Camper 2016
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., 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., 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., Camper
"Excellent program with variety in training, and after training entertainment."
— Kerry S., 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., 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
"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
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
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., Camper 2016
"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., 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
"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., Camper 2016
"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
"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!"
— Tracy P., 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
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., Camper 2016
The camp in Oberlin, OH was incredibly fun! I met a lot of fun people and we ran on beautiful, scenic trails!
— Guillermo C., Camper 2016
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., 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
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., 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., 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., 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., 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., 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., 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., 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