Nike Cross Country Camp UC Santa Cruz
Outstanding Summer Training!
The 2019 Nike Cross Country Camp at UC Santa Cruz gives high school distance runners the chance to learn and run in one of the finest and most picturesque training environments on the West Coast.
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
- Camp completion certificate
- Training by top-notch college coaches
- Trail & beach running
- For boys and girls ages 12-18
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Director David Klech
In summer 2017, David Klech was promoted to head coach of the UC Santa Cruz track & field and cross country teams after serving for a season as an assistant coach. David has been involved in a championship college program both as an athlete and a coach.View David Klech's Bio ⟩
A native of San Ramon, Coach Klech was the California Gatorade State Track and Field High School Athlete of the Year in 2005 and 2006 and was National Athlete of the Year in 2006. An AA two-time California State champion in the intermediate hurdles, Klech won a silver medal at the World Youth championships in the 400m hurdles and was a finalist in the long jump. At the University of Oregon, he was a two-time All-American in the decathlon before graduating in 2010 with a major in Psychology and minor in Business Administration. He also earned a Master’s Degree in 2011 In Psychology Research while becoming an NCAA Division 1 First Team Academic All-American. His competitive experience at Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon gave him great insight into the impact that coaching philosophy can have on a program and the student-athletes within it.
After graduation, he spent three years as an assistant for the Ducks. Coach Klech worked with the vertical jumpers, hurdlers, and multi-eventers. In his time there, he helped the Women of Oregon win the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division 1 Indoor National titles. He was also played a part of four conference championships. He was instrumental in the development of three-time Pac 12 champion Dakotah Keys in the Decathlon. While working with the Ducks, Coach Klech earned a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Academic Success factor for student-athletes as well as earning the runner-up finish at the 2012 USATF Indoor Championships in the Heptathlon. He spent the previous three years coaching at Acalanes High School, in Contra Costa County, where he guided the program to a number of league championships and state qualifiers. He has also worked with masters’ athlete Joy Upshaw, helping coach her to a Masters Age Group World Record in the 60m Hurdles.
His experience as a decathlete and certifications as a USATF Level 2 multi-events coach and USTFCCCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist have given him a broad scope of technical knowledge to impact athletes in all event groups.
Nike Cross Country Camp at UC Santa Cruz is open to any ability level, from beginners to state champion runners. The only requirement is the desire to run, have fun, and be the best you can be!
Morning practices are the more challenging workouts of the day, and focus on the actual running. Our coaches explain to the athletes the benefits of each workout, and how they build to maximize your potential. The workouts do not take the place of your high school or club program, but instead should raise your awareness of what it means to be a “complete runner.” The afternoon practices are “active clinics.” In the afternoon, we teach race strategies, proper form drills, warm-up & warm-down routines, strength training, and plyometrics. Leaving our camp, the athletes have a full understanding of the importance of all aspects of training. You train in a beautiful, highly motivational environment with great coaches, collegiate runners as counselors, surrounded by great peer runners.
Each day you attend two running clinics covering a variety of topics that both educate and motivate you to take your running to the next level. You learn the fundamentals of proper distance running training, including the importance of proper nutrition, visualization techniques, goal setting, race techniques, flexibility, and recovery. NCAA collegiate coaches discuss what it takes to put together championship teams, and how you can use these same ideas to improve your team back home. Optional advanced clinics are presented each afternoon to increase your running knowledge, and love for the sport.Show Less See More Camp Details
What's included in the fee?
Overnight Campers: Professional coaching and instruction on grass fields, all meals, on-campus housing, supervision and evening activities.
Extended Day Campers (9am-9pm) - except on first and last day): Professional coaching and instruction, lunch, dinner and evening activities.
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
2019 SESSION INFORMATION
Check-in: Registration for all campers (overnight and extended day) is between 10:00 and 11:00 am at the residence hall.
Check-out: Check out for all campers at 2:00-3:00 pm. Lunch is the last meal.
Runners are grouped by speed and fitness.
Facility: UC Santa Cruz track & trails
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: UC Santa Cruz requires a room key deposit of $75, and a separate $10 meal card deposit. Please bring two checks payable to "US Sports Camps" for those amounts. We hold until the key is returned on the last day.
Spending Money: $40, please do NOT bring a pre-written check. There is a small camp store with snacks, drinks and Santa Cruz apparel for sale.
Medical Facility: A certified athletic trainer is on-site and a doctor is on-call for emergencies
Airport: San Jose Mineta (SJC) Airport
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 & breakfast
- 8:30am Morning clinic
- 9:30am Morning practice
- 10:30am Open recreation
- 12:30pm Lunch
- 1:30pm Open recreation
- 3:00pm Afternoon practice
- 4:30pm Advanced clinic
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Camp games
- 8:00pm Evening program
- 10:30pm Lights out
UC Santa Cruz is located just 35 miles from San Jose, on a beautiful coastal campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and surrounded by gorgeous views and towering redwoods.
Campers stay and eat on campus at UCSC facilities. Runs take place on campus, utilizing some of the over 20 miles of off-road trails, or just five minutes from campus at the beach! Our camp is designed to teach you the fundamentals of cross country, and prepare you for your upcoming fall season. The emphasis is to provide a fun-filled week of learning and training.
Camp Questions & Answers
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Beach day was the best!
August 13, 2018: The highlight was when we went to wilder park and ran right near the beach and then went to the beach afterwards because this was such a relaxing run and a fun time at the beach. She loved learning about the different places they ran and what they learned about becoming a better runner all around.
— Gail M. Parent
The camp curriculum is fantastic
August 13, 2018: My daughter really enjoyed getting to meet so many people that were positive and excited about running. The coaches and counselors were all super enthusiastic and my daughter really loved them all. The camp curriculum is fantastic.
— Denise O. Parent
Beautiful area to run
August 16, 2018: The camp was fun in a beautiful area to run. I enjoyed being with other runners, enjoyed free time with other campers. Loved the positive and inclusive attitude of the camp staff.
— Zach E. Camper
August 24, 2018: I loved running nice trails with more experienced kids. The coaches were very friendly and knowledgeable.
— Jack S. Camper
The Nike Cross Country Camp at UC Santa Cruz was the perfect balance of intense training and great fun. Coach Boothe was very inspiring and encouraged me to push myself to acheive my absolute best. I can't wait to come back next year and improve my skills even more. Thank you so much for everything!
— Alicia K., Camper 2016
Coach Boothe did a great job customizing the intensity of the workouts without making my child feel singled out.
— Alan F., Parent 2016
Great info to share with my coach
Awesome instruction on proper running technique to decrease my workload and great pointers on proper warm-up -- lots of great info to share with my coach at home.
— Garrett H., Camper 2016
My daughter loved this camp. The trails were amazing and the staff was super helpful and friendly. She also made a lot of like-minded friends.
— Samantha E., Parent 2016
Nike Running Camps at UC Santa Cruz supports experienced runners as well as newer runners who may be just getting introduced to the sport. Coach Boothe was very informative, the location was great, and there was lots of training. Friendly environment!
— Royce B., Camper 2016
Complete running experience
Provided a complete running experience, including conditioning, racing strategy, and increasing love of the sport.
— Will C., Camper 2016
Rigorous workouts and fantastic clinics!
I loved meeting other runner and running with them! It was really fun all the time but we still had rigorous workouts and fantastic clinics!
— Angela S., Camper 2016
Would like more clinics
Would like more clinics like Nutrition, Recovery Session (i.e. rollers), Sports Psychology - getting over the psychological obstacle, Race Day Preparation. Stuff like that.
— Timothy B., Camper 2016
Would run again
This is a stellar camp, 10/10 would run again
— Jake B., Camper 2016