Every camper must bring the four-page waiver/health form with them to camp. We must have this document on file before a student can participate in the camp. Click here to download the form.
What is Camp 3 and what is different about this week of camp?
We’ve had so many returning campers in the past few years that we want to offer a new experience and a fresh perspective by offering Camp 2 and 3 together. This is a great opportunity to get a more in-depth experience and take advance of training at altitude for 10 consecutive days. Coach Jay Johnson will be presenting different material in Camp 3, building on the information presented in Camps 1 and 2. We will have new guest speakers during Camp 3, as well as new “learn by doing” stations. Plus, we will have some new fun and unique camp activities and competitions. We offer an excursion on the day in between Camp 2 and 3 to allow the campers to get off campus and enjoy some fun!
Camp 3 starts Monday, the day after Camp 2 ends, so if you’re up for two sessions, consider coming to both Camp 2 and Camp 3.
If you’ve been to camp in the past, you should think of Camp 3 as a chance to have as much fun as you’ve had at camp previously, but with a different exploration of Boulder.
If you’ve never been to camp and you can only fit Week 3 into your schedule, please sign up and join us at camp. Jay Johnson will send you his slides from the first weeks of camp so that you’re up to speed when he presents new material in Camp 3.
The bottom line is Camps 1 and 2 will be the same awesome camp we’ve been running for 15 years. Camp 3 is the next step in our growth, and we're excited for a great camp that builds on what we’ve accomplished in the past.
Do you have a minimum age requirement?
Yes. Campers must be going into their freshman year of high school (i.e. campers going into ninth grade are allowed to attend camp).
Do we have to pay the full tuition when I register for the camp?
No. The $300 non-refundable deposit must be paid to reserve your spot at camp. The balance should be paid no later than two weeks before the week of camp you are attending starts. If we have a waiting list and you have not paid your balance we will be contacting you to ensure that you intend to come to camp and that you can pay your balance.
Is the camp for individuals or teams? Can coaches attend?
The camp is for both individuals and teams. Because campers are broken up into training groups based on fitness and ability, teams don’t “dominate” the camp, meaning that in any given training group there’ll only be two or three campers from the same school.
Coaches are welcome to attend. Coaches who bring 5 or more athletes to camp attend for free. Tuition is $600 for coaches who have less than 5 athletes attending.
Where do campers stay?
Campers stay in the dormitories on the University of Colorado campus. You can view a map of the campus HERE.
For the San Diego location, campers will be staying at one of the dormitories on the University of California campus. We will update you with the dorm we are assigned to as soon as we are given the information in May 2018.
Where do campers eat during camp?
CU has an award-winning dining center, Center for Community, that offers an exciting fusion of community and cultural dining experiences featuring 10 micro-restaurants. This is not your typical "camp food". You can see the menu options for the Center for Community here. These are an example of the stations offered in the dinning hall: Asian Shi Pin, Black Coats, Italian Cibo, Desserts, Latin Comida, Persian Ghaza, Smoke 'n Grill, Sushi, Wholesome Fields.
When are check-in and check-out for Boulder Camps (Camps 1, 2, and 3)?
Check-in is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday of camp (Monday for week 3) at the the to be announced dorm, with camp starting at 12:15 p.m.
The first meal served is dinner on Wednesday; we’ll be running at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, meaning that campers should eat a bigger breakfast that morning. We’ll provide a light snack at check-in that campers can eat during the opening presentations.
Camp concludes Sunday (Friday for week 3). Check-out is from 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. outside of the dorm. The closing ceremonies will be from 12:15 p.m. to roughly 12:45 p.m., and family members are encouraged to attend. Buses to the airport will depart at roughly 1:00 p.m.
If you’re flying to Denver International Airport (DIA) and need transportation to or from the DIA YOU MUST EMAIL YOUR FULL ITINERARY to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll send you a confirmation email that we have your information. If you don't send us your full itinerary then we will not know to pick you up at the airport.
We will be happy to meet campers at the airport and transport them to camp. However, campers must arrive between 8:30 and 10:30 AM on Wednesday (Monday for week 3). WE CAN NOT ACCOMMODATE CAMPERS WITH FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS ARRIVING PAST 10:30 AM. Please do not buy tickets that have campers arriving later than 10:30 AM. Departure flights on Sunday (Friday for week 3) should be 4:00 PM or later. WE CAN NOT ACCOMMODATE CAMPERS WHO ARRANGE FLIGHTS BEFORE 4:00 PM. Please email us if you have questions regarding flights.
Please go to baggage claim number 15 (on the west side of the main terminal) once you arrive. We will have representatives at the airport starting at 8 am.
The cost for transportation to and from DIA is $40 round trip. Please bring cash or a check made out to “Boulder Running Camps” and be ready to pay when we pick you up at the airport.
We can only pick up athletes who have emailed us their FULL FLIGHT ITINERARY prior to camp. If you don’t email us this information then we won't know that you need transportation from the airport. Email those to email@example.com.
What is the camper to staff ratio?
There is a 5:1 camper to staff ratio. All of our counselors, senior staff, and trainers go through a background check by a third party provider prior to being hired.
Boulder Weather and Altitude Training Information
The typical weather pattern in Boulder during late July is sunny and cloudless skies through noon, with clouds building throughout the remainder of the day to a 20- to 35-minute rain shower, which usually falls between 2 and 5 p.m. However, despite this “typical” weather pattern, in the previous years of camp we’ve had hot weather of 90-95 degrees with no rain in five days, and we’ve had morning training runs in wet, rainy conditions. Thus, campers need to bring several layers of clothing so that they’re prepared for a variety of weather conditions. The best way to prepare for a likely 20- to 30-minute rain shower is to have a lightweight jacket and/or a long-sleeve top for running/hiking. As stated earlier, the dorms ARE NOT air conditioned, so if you can pack a small fan you’ll be happy you did.
Boulder is at 5,430 feet of elevation, which means that there’s less barometric pressure than at sea level, which means there’s less force “pushing” oxygen into the lungs. The result is that running at altitude is difficult for people from sea level in the initial six to eight days at this elevation. Eventually the body produces more red blood cells, increasing the amount of oxygen the blood can deliver to working muscles, but no camper will fully acclimate to this physiological stress during the five-day camp. Therefore, the staff will require athletes to run slightly slower than they do at sea level. This is important for two reasons. First, athletes need to understand that running 10-20 seconds a mile slower in Boulder is just as good as running their normal pace at home. Second, parents needn’t worry that their daughter or son will be running at altitude for the week, as we spend a good deal of time discussing the importance of running slower (especially at the beginning of the runs) during camp.
Items to Bring to Camp
- Four-page waiver/health care form
- Bedding (beds are extra long twin), including sheets, pillow, pillowcase and a light blanket
- Towel and washcloth
- Small fan (as there’s no air conditioning in the dorms… part of the fun of camp!)
- Several sets of running clothes (shorts, tops, socks)
- Light rain jacket
- Two long-sleeve tops (since there’s a good chance one will get wet at some point during camp)
- Running shoes
- Lightweight fleece top or sweatshirt (the evenings could be cool if we have rain)
- Water bottle (Note: All campers will receive a water bottle during check-in, yet we would love to see athletes checking into camp with a water bottle to ensure they’re hydrated)
- Spending money (mostly for our trip to Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall and/or University of Colorado athletic gear)
Note: All dorm rooms will have a small refrigerator and microwave; students with a ravenous appetite are welcome to bring supplementary snacks, sports drinks, etc.
Note: We’ll be hiking to the summit of Green Mountain on Friday; running shoes are appropriate for the hike and there’s no need to bring special footwear for this hike.
Items NOT to Bring to Camp
- Portable speakers for phones or other audio players
- Video game consoles
- Anything that’s not in the spirit of a running camp (razor scooters, water guns, etc.)
- Note: If you travel with iPads, laptop computers or other electronic devices, please remember that once camp starts we’re hoping that you’ll spend you time meeting new people and enjoying time with fellow student-athletes.
We can’t wait to see you at camp and we hope you’re looking forward to it as well. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any other customer service questions. We will add to this FAQ page throughout the year as questions arise.