Overview

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 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, and this is an important aspect of our training philosophy at Boulder Running Camps. Rather than expending energy on a second run, a stress that many campers aren’t accustomed to, we educate campers, both through Jay’s presentations and our “learn by doing” sessions, where campers learn everything from myofascial release techniques to warm-up routines and core strength routines. 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 at the CU cross country course campers set off from campus to hike to the top of Green Mountain, which overlooks the city and is a staple when visiting Boulder.

Camp Olympics is a highlight of camp and it consists of a scavenger hunt on Thursday, Skit Night on Friday and the Nike photo contest on Saturday. Saturday evening campers get the chance to experience 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.

Check out photos and videos from the last few years of camp by visiting our Instagram feed.

Take a look at the testimonials to hear what former campers have to say about the benefits of camp. Parents, click here to go to our Facebook page and read camp reviews from other parents.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at boulder.running.camps@gmail.com.