Why Choose This Camp?
TIME FRAME: One of the best things coaches have said about the camp is the time frame. Many of their athletes came back in great shape this year because they trained over the summer. Most running camps are at the end of summer right before the cross country season starts. That is too late to start training. High Performance is early to get runners motivated and start them off right for the summer. They enter the season with a solid base and ready for a great season.
STAFF: This is one of the best staffs in ability, experience, enthusiasm, and excitement for the sport of running of any camp out there. From Footlocker finalists, NCAA National Champions, a two time Olympian, several All Americans, experienced and successful coaches and a counselor to athlete ratio of 1:5. Most camps are 1 counselor for every 10 athletes. Athletes get guidance and the time commitment they deserve from an incredible staff.
LOCATION: Blacksburg, Virginia was chosen in many publications as one of the best small towns to live in the U.S.. It is located in the mountains at 2000 feet and offers ideal running weather because of warm days and cool evenings. Some runs do take place at 3000 feet. The campus is surrounded by trails and the Jefferson National Forest. Athlete will run on a grass cross country course that will host the ACC Championships in 2012, wooded and mountain trails, and along the New River Trail. We will also run and hike at Mountain Lake where a movie was filmed and where Lance Armstrong won a stage race for the Tour DuPont. We will also run on part of the famous Applalachian Trail. This area of the country is an incredible place to train!
VIRGINIA TECH: Virginia Tech is one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. The famous Hokie stoned buildings, great facilities, and academic tradition sings of pride and strength. The athletes will be housed in one of VT's residence halls which will give them a feel for what it is like to be in college. Virginia Tech has one of the finest food establishments in the nation (rated #1 food services in the country) and offers a wide variety of choices so your athlete will eat healthy and often.
ATHLETES CHALLENGED: The goal of the Academy is to challenge each athlete and get them started off on the right foot for the summer. We don't do 100 mile weeks, but we do train (20 miles for beginners to 60 for top end) smart. The athlete chooses how far to go with the counselors help. The campers will run with some of the best distance runners in the country and learn to train their way. We want everyone leaving the Academy motivated, excited, healthy and running.
WE RUN and HAVE A LOT OF FUN!: In between training, we will hike, innertube, paddle boats, play volleyball, ultimate, super ball soccer, talent show and, of course, make new friends.