Perfectly situated in the high altitude Rocky Mountains in Estes Park, CO, this environment adds a dimenson missing in most camps---breath-taking scenery at 6-8,000 ft. elevation! There is so much to do at our camp--besides running twice a day, of course. We offer everyone facilities at the world's largest YMCA location (850 acres) from lodging to meals to white water rafting to 900 ft zip lines, high adventure ropes courses, swimming, miniature golf, volleyball and horse back riding. Every summer at camp we travel into Boulder where we run a little run (up to 13.1 miles) on famed Magnolia Road in Boulder Canyon --only 8,600 ft elevation (some runners may run only 4-6 miles here). We even end that fifth day there in Boulder with dinner at an Italian Restaurant where we have an Olympic or National Champion runner as our guest speaker.
Our training camp brings together 15 + min. 5K runners from the East Coast and other regions of the country in mid-August as well as 20 min. 5K runners who want to break into the 16-18:00 range. Our girls run between 18 + and 24 min. In other words, we have intermediate as well as veteran high school runners who return year after year. (WE HAVE HAD CAMPERS OR STAFF AT RMXCC WIN 18 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN XC OR TRACK) Not surprisingly some of the runners improve 4 or 5 minutes within one year while the average for the veteran runners is about 60 sec. off their 5K times. Training involves running in similar groupings twice a day with lighter workouts at the front end of the week while runners are getting acclimated to the altitude, then longer runs like Magnolia Road near the end of our week. A special challenge for really well-trained runners is the 10 mile run up the Fall River Road (only 25% of our campers qualify for this challenge) which begins at 8,000 and ends at 12,000 ft in Rocky Mountain National Park or others run the 12 miler in Devil's Gulch.
Our camp is staffed by seasoned staff who have worked with young people in many capacities from coaching to camp counselors to teaching. Almost all are or have been great college runners. A few parents help out and all thoroughly enjoy the experience. We only take approximately 45 male and female runners and the camp fee is extremely low (for 7+ days) especially if you come with a few runners from your team and your coach. By the end of the week, you will be asking for next summer's camp dates!
Our 2018 Rocky Mt XC Camp will be the FIRST WEEK IN AUGUST (Sunday July 29--Sunday AUG. 5, 2018). ($735--team discounts at $710--there's an additional $100 registration deposit due with your registration) While our camp is co-ed, we will have planned running groups gender and ability based. Our staff-runner ratio will be 1-5. They lead the running groups, give nightly seminars on running, and chaperone all activities on and off the grounds at the YMCA in the Rockies. Go to www.RockyMountainCrossCountryCamp.com and download the one form, mail it in along with $100 registration fee. (This $100 fee covers all registration expenses, mailings, reservations/cancellation fees and more--and holds your spot. This fee is in addition to the camp fee.) This exciting 2018 camp is filling up now! SO ACT QUICKLY TO CLAIM A SPOT--WE ONLY ACCEPT 40.