The Humboldt Distance Running Camp returned in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic. 86 athletes enjoyed spectacular running, essential skill development, and expert instruction over the 6-day event. Don't miss the next opportunity to be a part of the running excitement in the summer of 2023!
HUMBOLDT DISTANCE RUNNING CAMP
Humboldt Distance Running Camp is an inspiring week of training amidst majestic redwoods, overlooking ocean vistas, and along winding rivers. It is also an opportunity to learn from top coaches and interact with athletes from a variety of schools. This experience is intended to elevate each participant's level of performance and enjoyment in the sport of endurance running.
Humboldt Distance Running Camp continues the legacy established by Jim Hunt, who built the Lumberjacks' track and field distance program into a powerhouse during the 1960s, 1970s and 80s. Hunt was inducted into the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Coach Hall of Fame in 2013.
During his tenure at Humboldt from 1967 to 1986, Hunt's teams in cross country and track and field captured six Far Western Conference Titles and produced 64 All-Americans and 11 national champions. The Lumberjacks captured the national title in 1980 in the school's first year in the NCAA's Division II.
His impact on the sport continues to this day as many of his athletes promote the fundimentals of training he developed in their own programs across the country.
Cal Poly Humboldt Head Cross Country Coach Jamey Harris and Humboldt Distance Running Camp Director Kevin Searls are proud to host this opportunity for youth and high school athletes of all abilities.
Established by legendary Cal Poly Humboldt Hall of Fame coach Jim Hunt, the camp is recognized as one of the country's premier developmental opportunities for youth and high school athletes. Numerous individual and team participants have gone on to earn section titles and state meet podium finishes, including several state champions.
Many veterans of the Humboldt Distance Running Camp have graduated on to success in the college ranks. Camp alumni include dozens of All Americans and even a few national record holders. Most importantly however, the majority of participants enjoy a lifetime love of running.
A COMPLETE EXERIENCE
Humboldt Running Camp is a 5-day intensive workshop addressing all aspects of training and racing. Workouts include daily distance runs on spectacular terrain at various locations on and around the Cal Poly Humboldt campus, as well as skill and strength sessions conducted in the beautiful Lumberjack Stadium and athletic complex. Classroom clinics cover a range of essential topics, including training theory, biomechanics, sport nutrition, performance recovery, sport psychology, team building and racing strategy.
All levels of ability and experience are welcome. Humboldt Distance Running Camp is open to anyone willing to prepare adequately and dedicated to personal improvement. The distance and pace of each run is based upon the current fitness of the athlete. Athletes are often grouped by ability for various sessions, and care is taken to ensure each participant's particular needs are accommodated.
OLYMPIC CALIBER STAFF
In addition to a staff of experienced and highly successful high school, college and national team coaches, Running Camp provides exciting guest speakers. Olympic marathon veteran Mark Conover and National Champion triathlete Mike Pigg have been past keynote speakers. Olympians Leo Manzano, Magdalena Boullet, Kim Conley, Gabe Jennings and Jim Spivey have also been featured visitors.
TIME FOR THE TEAM
For high school athletes, camp also offers time for strengthening bonds between teammates and coaches, establishing goals for the up-coming season, and the development of friendly rivalry through games and contests between teams.
THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT
Cal Poly Humboldt is located in the small town of Arcata, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Within the great redwood corridor of Northern California, the summer weather is typically mild, with misty mornings and an average daytime temperature of 65 degrees.
Participants reside in on-campus residence dormitories with comfortable beds and full linen service provided. Clean, private dormitory showers with hot water are a particularly appealing amenity for those used to camps held in camp grounds. Male and female participants will be assigned to separate dormitory floors or wings, under the supervision of adult live-in counselors.
Meals are served in the Jolly Giant Complex. Multiple entrées, a full salad bar, and sweet deserts, including soft serve ice cream, allow for a range of tastes. Vegetarian options are always available, and special dietary requirements can be accommodated upon request.