July 17 - July 21, 2022

Grades 9-12

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Camp Description

The objective of the SU Cross Country Camp is to educate each athlete in the various aspects of distance running that we feel are important in achieving improvement and success. This camp will also serve as a preseason conditioning camp for individual runners or teams. We serve individual athletes as well as groups. This week would be an excellent opportunity to promote team unity and expose a group to distance training without other distractions. The camp is geared to help beginning and advanced runners. 

During the week, each athlete will learn about running form and efficiency, mental toughness, various types of workouts, flexibility, and strength training specifically for distance runners, cross training and racing techniques. Most runs are on dirt mountain roads, the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, or on the university’s grass cross country course. Very little running will be on hard road surfaces. Staff interaction at this camp is excellent and this camp offers a chance to receive a week of training under the guidance of a very supportive staff. Campers are encouraged and supported in their efforts to run the minutes or mileage and paces that have been prescribed by their high school coach. Almost all runs are out and back, which allows campers to choose their appropriate pace and turn around point.

Camp Highlights


Learn about running form and efficiency, flexibility and strength training for distance runners

Professional Staff

Taught by an outstanding staff of coaches and athletes that have been highly successful in the sport.


Preseason conditioning opportunity for individual runners and teams.

Team Work

Excellent opportunity to promote team unity.

Individual Growth

Geared to help beginning and advanced runners.

Have Fun

Enjoy some relaxing time away from the trail.

General Information

What to Bring

Personal Items: Two pairs of running shoes are recommended. A pair of racing flats or spikes may be helpful, swimsuit, and recreational equipment, if desired.

Masking requirements: Shippensburg University requires all individuals to wear masks while on campus. Masks must be worn during any breaks or other periods of non-activity/non-participation. Masks must also be worn during all indoor physical activities.

Residential Camper

For all our residential camps, campers will be housed in suite-style residence halls. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are allowing only one person per bedroom. Amenities include air-conditioning and a bathroom for every two campers. You will need to bring sheets, pillow, pillow case, towels, blankets, and washcloths with you. Washers and dryers are available on each floor in the residence hall and are free to use.

Accessibility Resources

Requests for accommodations, auxiliary aids, or services must be made in writing to the Office of Accessibility Resources at least fifteen (15) days before the camp begins. The Office of Accessibility Resources is located at Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299, (717) 477-1364, oar@ship.edu.

Camp Fees

Residential or Commuter Camper

Our Team

The SU Cross Country Camp offers a staff of outstanding coaches and collegiate athletes. All have been highly successful in their respective areas. The staff is committed to helping each athlete improve his or her skill level and to assist each person in reaching their personal goals. Staff for the 2021 camps includes:

Steve Spence

Steve Spence

Head Coach
Josh Alcombright

Josh Alcombright

Head Coach - Severna Park HS
Mary Dell

Mary Dell

Head Coach - Lower Dauphin HS
Neely Spence Gracey

Neely Spence Gracey

Professional Athlete
Randy Lowe

Randy Lowe

Former Athlete
Britta Manges

Britta Manges

Former Athlete
Matt Samuel

Matt Samuel

Head Coach - Dallas HS
Stephen Schelander

Stephen Schelander

Former Athlete
Phil Wharton

Phil Wharton

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Camp Schedule

Check In/Check Out
Arrival Day
1:30 - 2:30 PM
Check in outside lawn area near residence hall
Dismissal Day
4:00 PM
Check-Out residence hall lobby
6:45 AM
Wake up
7:15 AM
Breakfast - Reisner Dining Hall
8:30 AM
Guest speaker
9:15 AM
Training session on dirt roads at South Mountain
11:30 AM
Lunch - Reisner Dining Hall
12:30 PM
Quiet hour for rest between training sessions
1:30 PM
Recreation time
2:30 PM
Form analysis and strength training demo
4:00 PM
Pool therapy
4:45 PM
Dinner - Reisner Dining Hall
6:00 PM
Special camp activities
7:00 PM
Cross-training session
9:00 PM
Distance running video highlights
10:00 PM
In residence hall room
10:30 PM
Lights out
Special Events
Special Guest Speaker
Two mile prediction run and camp dance
Wednesday Afternoon
Lunch, swim, and run at Pine Grove State Park
Wednesday Evening
Movie, pizza party, and prediction run awards
Thursday Morning
long run on the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail

Registration Information

Register Early:Space is limited to facilitate individual attention.

Registrations will be accepted up to one week prior to the start of camp. An administrative fee of $75 will be deducted from all refunds. No refunds will be given after on-campus check-in. Conference Services reserves the right to cancel any camp that has insufficient enrollment up to two weeks before the opening of camp. A full refund will be given if the camp is canceled.

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