The Boulder Running Camps is many things, but simply put, it’s the most fun a serious runner can have over the course of five days. Campers gain a greater knowledge of the right training, learning to run smarter, so that they run to their potential in the upcoming season.
In addition to a daily run, Camp Director, Coach Jay Johnson, presents on exercise physiology and training theory, answering questions from novice and veteran runners (and coaches). We offer “learn by doing” opportunities where campers will learn injury-prevention exercises and general strength exercises that they will include in their training when they return home. Learning rope stretching as well as Strength and Mobility (SAM) exercises are crucial to helping a runner stay injury free. You can learn more about the SAM exercises here.
Unlike most camps we do not offer two daily runs, this is an important aspect of our training philosophy at Boulder Running Camps. Rather than expending energy on a second run, which can put strain on the athlete, we bring in guest speakers and have discussions on essential information. Our speakers, which include physicians, physical therapists, and former runners, share their expertise and offer the campers a unique perspective. Group discussions on the college recruiting process and nutrition take place to support campers as they continue their athletic endeavors.
Campers train in small groups lead by collegiate athletes. Campers have the opportunity to run the trails and venues that world class runners train on, giving them the a unique experience only Boulder can provide.
Boulder is an amazing place for runners to train, and the trail run on Thursday at the southern end of town has breathtaking views. Friday, following a fartlek workout and lunch, campers set off from campus to hike to the top of Green Mountain, which overlooks the city and is a staple when visiting Boulder.
We facilitate fun social activities, such as Skit Night and a trip to the world-famous Pearl Street pedestrian mall to balance out all of the running talk. There’s little free time during camp, but definitely a lot of fun to be had.
For an example of the daily schedule during camp click here.
Boulder Running Camps in San Diego offers the same exclusive experience as the Boulder camps. The San Diego camp is held on the University of California- San Diego campus in La Jolla. We will be following a similar schedule as the Boulder Camps, offering equivalent learning experiences, simply in a different location! Take a look at the San Diego page to learn more about this camp experience.
Take a look at the testimonials to hear what former campers have to say about the benefits of camp.
Check out our Instagram feed for photos of this hike. The long run on Magnolia Road is memorable in that the run starts at 9,000 feet (whereas Boulder is just over 5,000 feet high) and is extremely hilly. The challenge of Magnolia Road is something campers never forget.