Nike Cross Country Camp UC Santa Cruz

Nike Cross Country Camp UC Santa Cruz
Nike Cross Country Camp UC Santa Cruz

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.

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 will take place on campus, utilizing some of the over 20 miles of off-road trails, or just 5 minutes off 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 will be on providing a fun-filled week of learning and training.

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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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Adam Boothe
Camp Director

Adam Boothe

Adam’s passion for running has stayed with him throughout a successful high school and collegiate running career, an NCAA coaching career, post-collegiate coaching, and as a running store owner. A Northern California native, Adam graduated from Pioneer HS in 1997. While at Pioneer, Boothe was a CCS Champion and two-time cross country state championships qualifier.

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From there he went on to Cal Poly SLO, and was back-to-back Big West Conference Champion and an NCAA DI National Qualifier. At Cal Poly, Adam ran for Mark Conover, 1988 Olympic Marathon Trials Champion. From 2003-2010, Adam was head coach of the Women’s Cross Country team at UC Santa Cruz. During his time at UCSC, Boothe coached 6 All Region runners, and 3 NCAA National Qualifiers. In 2009, Boothe co-founded Santa Cruz Endurance, a running and triathlon club in Northern California.

In 2010, Adam went on to Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. In just his 1st year as head coach, the WSU Warriors Women’s Cross Country team achieved their first ever NCAA Top 25 ranking, and went on the finish 9th at the 2012 NCAA DII National Championships- including 2 NCAA All Americans, and 6 NCAA All Region Finalists. In addition to coaching, Adam received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and taught courses in the Physical Education Department while at WSU. Adam also directed Nike Running Camps for two years in Winona before returning west. He currently resides in the Rocky Mountains just above Boulder, CO.

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Aaron Jacobsen

Aaron Jacobsen

Aaron Jacobsen has directed the cross country and track programs at UC Santa Cruz since 2010. In that time he has expanded the program from women's cross country only to include...

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Aaron Jacobsen has directed the cross country and track programs at UC Santa Cruz since 2010. In that time he has expanded the program from women's cross country only to include men's cross country in 2011, and women's track in 2013.

Since 2010, the women's program has produced eight All-Region Award performers, two NCAA Championship individual qualifiers, and three West Region top-10 team performances. Just three years after reviving the long dormant men's cross country program, the team finished 6th at the 2013 West Region Championship. The men have also produced three All-Region Award performances and one NCAA Championship individual qualifier.

A Santa Cruz native, Jacobsen competed for UC Irvine while completing his B.A. in Political Science. He was a Big West Conference Scholar Athlete and member of the 2002 NCAA West Region All-Academic Team. Jacobsen holds a master's degree in kinesiology and is a former kinesiology lecturer at San Jose State University.

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 will focus on the actual running. Our coaches will explain to the athletes the benefits of each workout, and how they combine to help you 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 more like “active clinics.” In the afternoon we’ll teach race strategies, proper form drills, warmup & warmdown routines, strength training, and plyometrics. Leaving our camp, the athletes will have a full understanding of the importance of all aspects of training. You'll get to train in a beautiful, highly motivational environment with great coaches, collegiate runners as counselors, surrounded by great peer runners with you at camp.

The Clinics                      

Each day you will attend two running clinics covering a variety of topics that will both educate and motivate you to take your running to the next level. You will 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 will 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.

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every Nike Running Camp. 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 on Thursday, August 10th at the residence hall. 

Check-out:  Check out for all campers on Sunday, August 13th from 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 2 separate checks made out to "US Sports Camps" for the amount and we will hold it until the key is returned on the last day. 
Spending Money: $40, please do NOT bring a pre-written check. There will be 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

Camper Reviews

Alicia K., Nike Cross Country UC Santa Cruz Past Camper

  • 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!

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Alan F., Parent of Nike Cross Country UC Santa Cruz past camper

  • 5/5.
Customized workouts

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

Garrett H., Nike Cross Country UC Santa Cruz Past Camper

  • 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.

Samantha E., Parent of Nike Cross Country UC Santa Cruz past camper

  • 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.

Royce B., Nike Cross Country UC Santa Cruz Past Camper

  • 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!

Will C., Nike Cross Country UC Santa Cruz Past Camper

  • 4/5.
Complete running experience

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

Angela S., Nike Cross Country UC Santa Cruz Past Camper

  • 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!

Timothy B., Nike Cross Country UC Santa Cruz Camper '16

  • 3/5.
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.

Jake B., Nike Cross Country UC Santa Cruz Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Would run again

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

Camp Dates & Prices

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.