Nike Cross Country Camp Winona State University
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The Nike Cross Country Camp at Winona State University gives high school distance runners the chance to develop proper running technique in one of the finest training environments in the Midwest.
The Nike Cross Country Camp at Winona State University is open to runners of all abilities, from beginners to state champions. The only requirements are the desire to have fun and to be the best you can be! Our camp is designed to teach you the fundamentals of cross country. The emphasis is on providing you a great, fun-filled learning week.
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
- Trail running
- Top notch instruction from college coaches
- For ages 12-18
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Camp Director Brett Ayers
Brett Ayers has been head cross country and assistant track and field coach at Winona State University since the 2012-13 season. The Warriors distance program has grown into a regional and national power, qualifying for the NCAA Division II cross country championships four times in the past five years with numerous student-athletes winning all-region and All-America performance and academic recognition.View Brett 's Bio & Running Tips ⟩
Ayers began his coaching career as head cross country and track and field coach at Elmhurst College in Illinois before being tabbed to begin the cross country program at Guilford College in North Carolina. He moved to the international ranks in 1998 as director of athletics for GVAV Rapiditas in Groningen, the Netherlands.
Returning to the U.S. in 2002, Ayers coached at Cotter High School in Winona where Rambler athletes won four individual state titles. He then worked as an assistant coach at Saint Mary’s University before joining the Warriors coaching staff in 2012. This will be the fifth year that Ayers has directed the Nike Running Camp at Winona State University.
Ayers ran collegiately at the University of North Carolina and earned a degree in chemistry. He holds master’s degrees in physiology and athletic administration from Springfield College in Massachusetts. After college, Ayers ran professionally for New Balance.
Running Tips by Brett :
Runners participate in two running workouts each day. Coaches explain the benefits of workouts and how they combine to maximize your potential. The workouts do not take the place of your high school or club program. Instead, they raise your awareness about becoming a “complete runner.” In addition, you learn race strategies, warm-up and warm-down routines, technique drills, strength training, and plyometrics. You’ll train in beautiful environment, motivated by coaches and college runners who share your passion.
We offer educational and motivational running clinics each day. Campers learn the fundamentals of distance training, including proper nutrition, visualization, goal setting, race techniques, flexibility, and recovery. NCAA coaches discuss what it takes to put together championship teams and how you can use these ideas to improve your times, helping your team back home.Show Less See More Camp Details
Whats included in the fees:
Overnight Campers: Features several instructional sessions per day, three hot meals, and lodging in University residence halls. An evening recreation program is also included.
Extended Day Campers (8:00am-8:00pm): This option offers the same features as the resident camp minus lodging.
Check-in: Registration at 1:30-3:00pm on Sunday at the Conway Hall. 403 Winona Street, Winona, MN 55987.
Check-out: Camp graduation is at 12:30pm on Thursday. Campers may be picked up after graduation between 1:00-2:00pm.
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
Players Grouped by: age, ability and event
Facility: Winona State University and Track
Dorm: Conway Hall
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: $50, please bring check made payable to US Sports Camps
Spending Money: $30, please do NOT bring a pre-written check. There will be a small camp store with snacks, drinks and Winona State apparel for sale.
Medical Facility: athletic trainer is on-site and a doctor is on-call for emergencies
Transportation: not provided
*Understand that if your child is diagnosed with a concussion or concussion like symptoms at a Winona State University Athletic Camp, they will no longer be allowed to participate at camp. A parent/legal guardian must make arrangements to remove the child from camp as soon as they have been notified of their child’s condition.*
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 Rise
- 7:30am Breakfast - WSU Dining Hall
- 8:30am Morning workout
- 10:00am Morning clinic
- 11:00am Free time
- 12:00pm Lunch - WSU Dining Hall
- 1:30pm Afternoon clinic
- 2:30pm Free time
- 3:30pm Afternoon workout
- 4:30pm Advanced clinic
- 5:30pm Dinner - WSU Dining Hall
- 7:00pm Camp activities
- 10:30pm Lights out
Our running camps take place on the beautiful campus of Winona State University. Winona is located along the most gorgeous stretch of the Mississippi River, between the limestone river bluffs that rise 500 feet above town. Campers stay and eat on campus at Winona State facilities. Runs take place at the WSU Track Complex and on nine miles of grass trails at the nearby campus of St. Mary’s University (pictured).
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The camp was well organized and the staff were friendly and encouraging!
— Lloyd Y., Camper 2017
The coaches were really helpful and made everything fun. It was a really enjoyable camp and a great experience. My daughter enjoyed the running skill rotations that helped me learn how to prevent injuries . Also, she enjoyed the group sessions and evening talks because they helped explain how to improve her running in a lot of different ways.
— Sonja G., Parent 2017
All the coaches were great!
I loved the hiking and daily competition running!
— Kade W., Camper 2017
My daughter became a much better runner and had fun
My daughter enjoyed the personalized attention to her running style which she will be able to bring into her fall cc season, as well as the opportunity to meet new friends she may see at competition.This is the second year my daughter has attended the camp. She asked to come back, which tells us she clearly enjoys the experience and the staff and sees value in attending.
— Amy S., Parent 2017
I loved hiking up the mountain
The highlights for me were meeting new people, learning new techniques for running, and hiking up Garvin Height's mountain. I would suggest more food options for runners like pasta and meat choices and more down time to rest or hangout with friends would be nice. We were often rushed throughout the day to get where we needed.
— Gwen H., Camper 2017
My favorite running camp!
I enjoyed the running skill rotations that helped me learn how to prevent injuries . Also,I enjoyed the group sessions and evening talks because they helped explain how to improve my running in a lot of different ways. The coaches were really helpful and made everything fun. It was a really enjoyable camp and a great experience.
— Carly G., Camper 2017
If you want to improve your Cross Country knowledge and your overall abilities as a runner you need to enroll in this camp.
— Paul N., Camper
Customized intensity of workouts
The counselors did a great job customizing the intensity of the workouts without making my child feel singled out.
— Jack O., Parent
The instruction was very informative for me as a beginner. I learned a lot of things I haven't heard of before.
— Will S., Camper
Awesome instruction on proper running technique to decrease my workload and great pointers on proper warm-up -- lots of great info to share with our coach at home.
— Omar T., Camper
I had a very fun time, the staff created a fun environment to spend the week.
— Nick O., Camper
The staff took great pride in their roles. This was a small camp and I like it better.
— Angela N., Camper
Good social interactions with everyone. Great coaches. Very motivating.
— Steven O., Camper
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.
— Jennifer P., Parent
Nike Running Camps supports experienced runners as well as newer runners who may be just getting introduced to the sport. Coaches were very informative, location was great and there was lots of training. Friendly environment!
— Lauren H., Camper
Preferred more instruction instead of free time
We had a lot of free time and while I did enjoy the time to be able to hang out and get to know the other participants I would have preferred more instruction during some of that time.
— Landon W., Camper
Enhanced my love for running!
— Marco N., Camper
The staff was very energetic and truly wanted to see you improve and do your very best. I would highly recommend this camp for anyone that is serious about running in High School.
— Jackson D., Camper
Food wasn't great
The food wasn't great. My son is allergic to wheat and needs a gluten free diet. Most items that he saw out to choose from in the cafeteria were already on a wheat bun/bread. He wasn't sure if he could ask for something to be separate or if there were any gf bread options. Would have appreciated a bit more guidance for him. He ate a lot of french fries and apples. He was fine but has had better meal experiences at other camps. It is hard to be a shy 13 year old boy with food restrictions.
— Gretchen H., Parent
Nike running camps are a great experience!! You meet people just like you, who are passionate about the same thing you are. Also you learn tons of info that will help you as an athlete.
— Isaac H., Camper
Explore the college campus
The camp is amazing! You get coaching from fantastic runners who will treat you as equals. You get to meet new, fun people and get to explore the campus of the college. You'd regret not going.
— Lexi S., Camper
Variety of topics addressed
It didn't strictly focus on the running, the camp also focused on other important topics that help with running like proper diet, stretching, weightlifting, etc.
— Marissa G., Camper
Had a blast
I was looking for camps to do this summer, just to do something fun before school. I came across the ussportscamps.com website somehow and saw that they ACTUALLY included running as a sport for camps. I immediately looked for one nearby and found Winona. Soon after, I talked to my dad about it, and he thought it was a great idea. I convinced a good buddy of mine to do it with me, and we had a blast. The camp was extremely informative and intense when it came to running, and I can say without a doubt I got my money's worth.
— Catherine C., Camper 2016