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Outstanding Summer Training!

The 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.

Highlights Include
  • 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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Camp Coaches

  • 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.

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Camp Details

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 have fun, and be the best you can be!

The Workouts                 

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, warmup & 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.

The Clinics                      

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.

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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. 



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. 


Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: age, ability and event
Facility:  UC Santa Cruz track & trails 


Dorm: TBA
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

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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 Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.56 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Very inspiring

    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

    • 5/5.
    Customized workouts

    Coach Boothe did a great job customizing the intensity of the workouts without making my child feel singled out.

    — Alan F., Parent 2016

    • 4/5.
    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

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    • 5/5.
    Amazing trails

    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

    • 5/5.
    Very informative

    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

    • 5/5.
    Complete running experience

    Provided a complete running experience, including conditioning, racing strategy, and increasing love of the sport. 

    — Will C., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    Would run again

    This is a stellar camp, 10/10 would run again

    — Jake B., Camper 2016


Nike Cross Country Camp UC Santa Cruz

David Klech, Director
OPERS East Field House
1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, California 95064


Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Cross Country
Age Group: 12 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $790.00
Availability: Yes

Extended Day 9am-9pm $680.00
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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