Nike Cross Country Camp at Bowling Green State University

Nike Cross Country Camp at Bowling Green State University
Nike Cross Country Camp at Bowling Green State University

The Nike Cross Country Camp at Bowling Green State University offers the opportunity for high school distance runners to learn about the fundamentals of cross country training through a variety of workouts and interactive workshops lead by the BGSU coaches and current collegiate student-athletes.

Bowling Green State University is located 23 miles from Toledo, Ohio and 70 miles from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The region offers 16 metro parks with dirt, grass, and gravel trails and paved bike paths.  Campers will be housed in university dormitories and meals will be provided in the campus dining halls. Runs will take place on campus and in the local metro parks. 

Highlights Include

  • 10:1 Camper to Coach
  • Instructors include experienced collegiate coaches and current collegiate student-athletes
  • Instructional workshops addressing topics including technique, mental strategies, and training principles
  • Inspiring guest speakers
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Coach Snelling
Camp Director

Coach Snelling

Coach Lou Snelling is the Head Cross Country Coach at BGSU. 

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In four years at the helm of Bowling Green cross country and track and field, Lou Snelling has overseen the restoration of four programs and has built a foundation to revive the programs to a championship level of performance that honors the teams’ rich tradition and history.
When Snelling began at Bowling Green at the beginning of the 2011-12 season, he set in motion a plan to build a new culture within the programs. While redshirting a high number of talented student-athletes, the programs struggled at times to find consistency in competition. But the 2014-15 school year saw each of the four teams reach milestones and individual marks that had not been seen in many years.
In 2014, the women’s cross country team climbed to fourth in the conference standings, completing a three-year stretch that saw the program improve eight spots from a 12th place finish in 2011. It was the best result at the MAC Championships for the program since 2006 and the first time the program had finished in the top half of the league standings in back-to-back years since 1997 and 1998. At the NCAA Regional championship, the team placed 13th, improving four spots from a year prior and 20 spots from 2011.
The men’s cross country program continued to develop in 2014. BGSU’s overall average time at the MAC Championship was 26:34, a 27-second improvement over 2013. Six out the eight BG runners, who were all freshmen or redshirt freshmen, set new personal best individual times.
In women’s track and field, Snelling has seen his programs make comparably impressive strides. In back-to-back years, the indoor program scored 38 and 35 points at the Mid-American Conference championships, continuing the steady improvement. BGSU scored just 12 points in 2013 and only one point in 2012 when Snelling began the overhaul.
The 2015 outdoor season was also one to be proud of. The Falcons ended just five points shy of a top half finish in the league standings and Brooke Pleger won her third consecutive MAC championship in the hammer throw. Four student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships in five events and Pleger set both a meet and stadium record to earn a third straight trip to the NCAA National Championships. With a third place finish at the NCAA National Championships, she became the first female in BGSU history to become a three-time first team All-American. The Falcons tied for 35th nationally with six teams points.
In just a short time, Snelling’s athletes at Bowling Green have begun to receive recognition at a pace that has not been seen in quite some time. In 2013, Jason Salyer became the first Falcon to earn first team all-conference honors in men’s cross country since 1999. Jeanette Pettigrew added a first team all-conference medal during the 2014 indoor season and was second team all-conference during the outdoor campaign. Brooke Pleger was a three-time first team all-conference student-athlete for outdoor track and field.
Pleger, in fact, became one of the most decorated athletes in BGSU history. She is the first female in school history to be named a three-time All-American. Following both the 2013 and 2015 track and field season she was named the Mid-American Conference’s Field Athlete of the Year. She also earned the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association’s Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year honor in both 2014 and 2105. She was a 10-time MAC Field Athlete of the Week (nine times during the outdoor season and once during indoor).
Pettigrew became the first BGSU sprinter to be honored in more than a decade with a MAC Track Athlete of the Week honor during the 2014 outdoor season.
Snelling himself is no stranger to earning accolades. In November of 2013, he was named to the All-Time Southland Conference Cross Country Honor Roll in recognition of the league’s 50th anniversary. He was one of eight coaches recognized for their historic contributions to the sport.

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Coach Wentz

Coach Wentz

Charles Wentz was named an assistant cross country coach at Bowling Green State University in September of 2015. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the men’s cross country...

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Charles Wentz was named an assistant cross country coach at Bowling Green State University in September of 2015. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the men’s cross country program and comes to Bowling Green after spending last year at Morehead State.

Wentz coached at his alma mater, Shawnee State, for three years (2011-2014) prior to joining the Morehead State coaching staff.

While coaching at Morehead State he guided the men's cross country team to a second-place finish at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship, the program's best showing since 2006. Wentz also assisted the MSU women to their highest NCAA regional finish in school history.

At Shawnee State, where he held three outdoor track records, Wentz helped the men's cross country program to three top-10 finishes at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national meet. He also mentored the women's program to a trio of top-25 national finishes and their highest placements at the NAIA.

Wentz earned his bachelor's degree in integrated social studies education from SSU in 2011. He earned a master's degree in educational administration from Ohio University in 2013 earning suma cum laude honors.

Coach Line

Coach Line

Joanna Line began as an assistant coach at Bowling Green in 2016 after serving as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Smith College for the previous two years. Prior to...

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Joanna Line began as an assistant coach at Bowling Green in 2016 after serving as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Smith College for the previous two years. Prior to Smith, Line was an assistant coach for cross country at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for one season.

Line graduated from Oberlin College with bachelors degrees in biology and French. She also earned several athletic honors at Oberlin College including NCAC Cross Country Runner of the Year three times as well as NCAC Mid/Distance MVP in both indoor track and outdoor track. Line was awarded the Great Lakes Region Women's Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2010, and earned a total of seven NCAA All-American honors in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track during her tenure. After graduating, Line trained and competed with teams around the world, in countries including Ethiopia, France, Norway, and Singapore, while researching women’s empowerment through running as a Watson Fellow. 

Line earned her master's degree in exercise and sport studies at Smith College. She continues to train and compete as a member of the Second Sole Racing Team. Since her marathon debut in 2012, Line has run six marathons with a personal best time of 2:48.

Camp Details

This cross country camp is available to middle school and high school students ages 12-18. Runners will be grouped by age and pace/skill level for their training. 

More Important Camp Details


Ages: 14-18

Dates: July 13-16, 2017

Check in: Thursday 1:30-2:45 pm. Camp begins at 3pm.

Check out: Sunday at 12:00 pm

Daily Time Schedules:

 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Thursday

8:30 am – 5:30 pm Friday and Saturday (lunch included)

8:30 am – 12:00 pm Sunday 


Airport: Toledo Express Airport or Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Shuttle service to and from the airport is available through BG Airport Shuttle.

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

  • 6:30 am Optional shake-out run
  • 7:30 am Breakfast
  • 8:30 am Workshop
  • 9:30 am Warm up, drills
  • 10:00 am Workout
  • 11:45 am Core Strength
  • 12:00 pm Lunch (included)
  • 1:00 pm Games
  • 2:00 pm Workshop
  • 3:00 pm Pool or Yoga
  • 5:00 pm Dinner/Free time
  • 7:30 pm Breakout sessions with counselors
  • 8:00 pm Guest Speaker
  • 9:00 pm Free Time
  • 10:00 pm Lights out

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Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Cross Country
Age Group: 12 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $550.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00am-4:00pm $325.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camps. See "Camp Details" above for more specific information.
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