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High Altitude Distance Running Camp

This camp is designed for athletes ages 13-18 and high school coaches. Emphasis will be placed on distance training for Cross Country, and Track.

Main Session: July 16-21, 2017
Elite Add On: July 21-23, 2017

Western State Colorado University
600 N Adams St
Gunnison, Colorado 81231

Preregistration until June 10th - $499.00
($450+$49 separate check for rafting trip)

Registration after June 10th- $529.00
($480+$49 separate check for rafting trip)

2 Day Elite Camp Extension: $200.00
(July 21-23)

High School Coaches:
10+ Athletes - You attend FREE
5-9 Athletes- $200.00
Coach without a group: $300.00
($49.00 for rafting is NOT included)

All Athletes must report to the Mountaineer Field House on the Western State Campus, Sunday between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. 

Friday, by 10:00 am.

Sample Schedule
7:00 - 7:45 am - Morning Workout
8:00 - 8:45 am - Breakfast
9:00 - 9:45 am - Educational Clinic
10:00 - 11:15 am - Weight Lifting, Drills
11:30 - 12:30 pm - Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 pm - Afternoon Workout (Outdoor Activity)
5:30 - 6:30 pm - Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 pm - Clinic
8:00 - 9:00 pm - Pool, Yoga, Other Activities
10:00 pm - Lights Out

About Gunnison Colorado:
Western State Colorado University is located in Gunnison, Colorado at an elevatoin of 7,703' in the midst of the Rocky Mountains. The University is located in a high alpine valley surrounded by mountains, making it an ideal training ground for distance running. Ten miles from town is Blue Mesa Reservoir, the biggest body of water in Colorado, and Crested Butte ski area is 30 miles north. Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and horse-back riding are available in one of Colorado's most beautiful areas. Facilities at Western State include a new 6 lane indoor track facility, a state-of-the-art athletic weight room, collegiate pool, 8 lane outdoor track, as well as outstanding running trails.

Elite Camp Add On:
This is geared toward competitive high school runners looking for more intensive training and extended time at altitude. Please contact Coach Michel at to see if you qualify or for specific questions about this clinic.

Camp Staff:
Jennifer Michel - Camp Director
Head men's & women's Cross Country Coach at Western State and former three-time NCAA Track & Field Champion. Michel won a total of eight All-American honors in her career at Western and finished fifth in the 2002 USA Track & Field championships in the 3,000 m steeplechase. Michel was NCAA DII Men's Cross Country Coach of the year in 2007 & 2011. Her men's team won the NCAA Championships in 2001. Michel has coached 9 NCAA individual champions in Cross Country and Track & Field.

Craig Hunt - Assistant Camp Director
Hunt will be finishing his second year as the Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at Western State. Before Western Sate Hunt coached at Grand Canyon University, and competed at Central Connecticut State University. As an athlete he captured 6 individual Northeast Conference Titles, qualified for two NCAA DI National Championships, and helped lead his team to 5 NEC Team Titles. Hunt was the 2013 NEC Track Performer of the Year, NEC Cross Country Outstanding Performer of the Year, NEC Academic Athlete of the Year, earned Academic All-America honors, and was the recipient of the 2014 Gladstone Award. 

Chris Bradford - Head Track & Field Coach
Bradford will be entering his eighth season at the Head Track & Field Coach at Western State. Bradford coached the 2015 RMAC Men's team champions where he was named Men's Coach of the Year. In 2011, the men were 3rd at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and followed up with a 5th place finish in 2012. It was also the second consecutive year the Mountaineer men were named the Divison II Academic Team of the Year by the USTFCCCA. Bradford has coached numerous NCAA All-Americans, including 7 individual NCAA titles in the women's high jump.

Lindsey Grasmick - Assistant Track & Field Coach (Sprints/Hurdles)
Grasmick will be finishing her second season as assistant Track & Field Coach. During the 2016 Indoor Track & Field season Grasmick successfully coached three national qualifiers, including an RMAC Champion. Prior to coaching at Western Grasmick served as a graduate assistant coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato. As an athlete Grasmick competed for Adams State University where she was a six-time All-American and compiled 22 All-RMAC honors including 9 individual conference titles.

Dr. Duane Vandenbusche - Guest Speaker
Dr. Duane Vandenbushe is a former Head Coach of the Western Cross Country and Track & Field Teams. During his time coaching Vandenbushe coached two teams to NAIA National team titles, 10 NCAA DII team titles, and 51 individual national champions. It's an honor to welcome Dr. Duane Vandenbushe back as our 2016 guest speaker.

Running camp members will enjoy five days in college dorm style rooms and meals prepared by WSCU and Sodexho-Marriott Food Corporation. 

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