The youth runner experience will give you confidence &
a boost going into the fall cross country season.
Run and train around experienced elite athletes. Learn new running skills. Gain knowledge that you won't get on your school team. Meet and learn from world class coaches and experts. Get new ideas, tips and inspiration that will get you prepared for the upcoming season and beyond.
GUEST COACHES AND EXPERTS
You'll meet Legendary Coach Pat Tyson who is now the Distance Coach at Gonzaga University. While he was the Coach at Mead High School in Spokane, Washington the Harriers achieved an impressive record of 180-8 in one of the toughest dual-meet leagues in the nation. Reaching state competition 18 consecutive years to win 12 state titles, they never placed worse than third. During that time, the Harriers had a nine-year streak when they never lost a competition. In his last three years at Mead, Tyson's teams placed third, fourth, and fifth at the Nike Team National Championships held in Portland, Oregon. Pat was also Steve Prefontaine's roommate at the University of Oregon and will have plenty of stories to tell.
Matt Walsh will be back for the third year to teach campers dynamic drills, how to stay long and loose, static stretching, about foam rolling and injury prevention. Matt Walsh is currently at P.A.C.E. in Portland, Oregon. The P.A.C.E. Team works with the Oregon Project athletes such as Jordan Hasay, Matthew Centrowitz, Mo Farrah, and Galen Rupp on physical therapy and strength conditioning.
Coach Bob Williams has a lot to offer young athletes. He competed at the University of Oregon from 1963-1967. He continued to be mentored by Coach Bill Bowerman for many years following. Bob uses the same coaching principles and practices of overload, adaptation, and recovery, that he was taught, as well as the latest in sports science to provide the individual athlete with a blue print for success. As a competitive athlete, Bob was the 1967 PAC-8 Steeplechase Champion and an All-American in 1967 in the 3000m Steeplechase. He also competed in the 1968 (5th) and 1972 USA Olympic Trials in the Steeplechase. Bob was previously the Assistant Track and Cross Country Coach at Concordia University, 2010-2014. In that time he coached eight NAIA All-American Men and Women runners from 600m through 3000m, the 3000m Steeplechase, and an 800m National Indoor Champion. Among some of Bob’s accomplishments as a coach over the past 50 years: 14 men and women to the USA Olympic Marathon Trials; 10 State High School Champions from the 800m to 3000; Elijah Greer, Lake Oswego High School, became the 4th fastest 800m runner in the USA at 1:47.6 (2009); another athlete to an American record of 9:49.43 in the 3000 m Steeplechase (2001), was Lisa Karnopp (Nye) who was the USATF National Steeplechase Champion.
Other experts will teach you tips about your nutrition, how to select a running shoe, preparing for race day, keeping a running journal, balancing homework with your sport, and looking at the big picture so you can always keep it fun.
There will also be some surprise athletes and coaches that drop in via face-time or in person. Past guests have included Phillip Rocha who was a Junior Olympic National Champ, High School Star at Arcadia, and now runs at Colorado. Super star in high school, college, and now pro runner Jordan Hasay face-timed in last year. 13-year old Grace Ping who has nine age group world records (at last count) dropped in. Coach Dave Frank from Central Catholic HS talked about the transition from middle school to high school, the same school that Galen Rupp attended. Legendary Runner and Coach Melody Fairchild, Nike 800m runner Elijah Greer, Olympian Jesse Williams, Olympian Ian Dobson, Coach Jordan Schillit, Coach Michael Bergmann, Coach Michael Fleming, Athlete Nik Toochek, and many more.
You won't be disappointed!
Overnight Camp $950
Check in by 10:00am on Sunday
Depart by noon on Thursday
Head home at the end of each day.
Join Us for the youth runner camp experience
This year camp is near scenic Mt. Hood, Oregon. You'll be inspired, learn from great coaches and athletes, take on new challenges for yourself and go home prepared for the best cross country season ever.
Check out our video for this year.