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The biggest payoff to attending camp is in immediate performance improvement. By applying the techniques, tips, tricks and the research-based training fundamentals you will perform better than ever. Come to camp and kick start your running program; renew and reinvigorate your running program; or get away with like minded people for a great time!

Learn & Apply Now

We believe in promoting knowledgeable self-reliant athletes. Whether you have a coach or not, what you learn will enhance your training and get you the results you want faster. You will learn what the most recent research says about training. From basics to advanced training physiology - it's covered. Myths are dispelled and facts are provided as the foundation for sound, better training and better racing.Then you get the chance to apply what we learn - on the run. Come to camp and learn not just how to do it, but how do it smarter!

Camp Setting

Arizona Running Camp is held on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona. It provides ideal training at 7000 feet elevation, crisp clear mountain air and great facilities. The mornings are cool and days are comfortably warm.

Campers stay in the cozy dorms at Northern Arizona University and dining is in the cafeteria which caters to all diets. Centrally located on campus, there is access to volleyball courts, basketball courts as well as grassy lawns to lounge around on during "down time". We even take some of our lecture sessions outside to enjoy the gorgeous temperate Flagstaff weather.

Each camper gets a t-shirt, give-aways, and a personalized binder for handouts on every lecture session. Handouts include notes on the science and research on training; keys to workout effectiveness; injury prevention exercises; hill, speed and trail running techniques; information on nutrition and supplement facts and myths; mental training and motivation strategies and techniques the world class athletes and US Olympic and professional sports teams use; how to get faster; how to get stronger and more. The list is endless because topics are tailored to the interests of the campers. No two camps are identical! All campers have the opportunity for one-on-one feedback, guidance on how to move forward from camp. 

High School Camp Special

You will run with college athletes all week. Pick their brains on what it's like to move to the next level. Due to popular demand we have a special discussion session with all the hard hitting facts about college scholarships; life as a student-athlete; options for post-high school competition; competition standards to compare yourself for recruiting and competition in post-secondary running; the entire college-selection-decision making process broken down for you. Our panel gives you a candid view on what to expect - the good the bad and the ugly. One of our campers said it best: "This session alone was worth going to camp."

Structure, Support and Flexibility

The camp is designed not as just a running camp but a running experience. Activities throughout the week keep the individual - whatever the running level - in mind. Camp counselors are experienced runners and counselors. We maintain a 1:10 ratio or better of counselors to campers to be sure everyone has personalized attention.

*Every staff member work diligently to include all campers and assure a fun and rewarding time is had by all. A sense of belonging and camaraderie during the week is our charge.

Leisure time is scheduled to recover from workouts (2-3 per day) and for socialization as well as "alone" time to regenerate those batteries to get back at it. Workouts include 1-2 runs with alternative physical activities and games incorporated for cross-training every day. No worries about overdoing it though - we follow sound training principles of quality over quantity. You will not be subjected to a mega-mile approach. And we tailor workouts to the capacities of the campers - elite to novice - we'll make the workout just challenging enough!

We are proud of the ongoing sponsorship from PolarBottle. In addition to shirts and giveaways, and handouts for all sessions; all campers get a Polar Insulated water Bottle. 

See a sample daily schedule here.

The most important thing that campers walk away from Arizona Running Camp with is an experience they will remember forever. Just ask past campers.

Here are some creative video projects from campers.

Reviews & Comments

  • rokrfrcrist 2013-04-04
  • samanthabrenna 2013-03-17
    Attending this camp was by far one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. I went to this camp twice and had two amazing learning opportunities. I learned how to be a better runner and also gained plenty of new friends by the time the camp was over. During the week we had various workouts that allowed us to push ourselves and some that made us work as a team. Whether we were just on a long run, or running a very difficult workout Coach Dean was always with us encouraging and showing us what we can do to be better. Coach Dean also helped me with my struggles with running with asthma, and made sure I never gave up. I will never forget the memories made during this week and I would highly recommend this camp to everyone!
  • skraus2 2013-03-16
    I loved going to this camp last summer! It was the first running camp I had ever gone to as well. I'm usually pretty shy and I've always preferred running with my own team during the summer holiday. But after a week of Arizona Running Camp, I couldn't believe how sad I was that I had to leave! From the first day there, I felt welcomed. The counselors are inviting and the head coach is exceptional. All the campers worked well together and got along. We all sat together every meal and rarely disagreed. During workouts, we supported each other and had healthy competition. It never mattered how fast or slow someone ran (and we had the whole spectrum of athletes). We integrated everyone and acted as good a team of runners as any! I look forward to coming back this June and seeing familiar faces at NAU!
  • mdenisse03 2012-11-09
    Camp was amazing! The dorms where we stayed were really comfortable, always had hot water, the cafeteria food was very good, the classes where very interesting and helpful, you get to have a one on one session with Coach Dean which is an excellent coach. He will answer any questions, or concerns that you have. The workouts were adapted to your fitness level. There was a movie night with a running theme. We had a night to go out and check the gorgeous city of Flagstaff. I definitaly recommend this camp to any runner beginner or pro. I am looking forward for next years camp!!
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