US Sports Camps and Nike Running Camps Partner with UNC to Host the Nike Carolina Distance Camp

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Nike Running Camps has expanded its cross country camp network by partnering with University of North Carolina to bring the Carolina Distance Camp back to the Chapel Hill campus.

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"I'm extremely excited to be partnering with Nike Running Camps. Together we’ll be able to bring a truly word-class experience to each runner that attends.

At Nike Running Camps, youth runners have the opportunity of a lifetime to run on the same courses used by the Tar Heels when training. This program is specifically designed for runners looking to prepare for their upcoming cross country season and achieve that vital base training phase. Camp is scheduled for June 17th-20th, 2016.

“The Carolina Distance Camp is designed to give each camper the most authentic experience in learning what it means to be a cross country student-athlete at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,” says Jan O’Connor, Executive Vice President of US Sports Camps. “In addition to living the life of a Tar Heel, Head Coach VanAlystyne and his staff conduct a session to analyze, critique and offer insight into each camper’s running biomechanics. We’ve tailored this camp to attract serious runners looking to improve their times and to learn more about the sport they love.”

The curriculum consists of educational lectures given by accomplished NCAA coaches on topics geared toward achieving maximum performance through the many facets of training. The camp is open to all middle-distance and cross country athletes, ages 11-18, whom are interested in furthering their knowledge on training, injury prevention, running biomechanics, nutrition, strength training, and recovery.

Mark VanAlystyne, head coach at UNC directs the program. VanAlstyne is in his fourth year as the head cross country and distance coach for the Carolina track and field and cross country programs. Prior to Carolina, he served 21 seasons at the helm of North Florida's track and field program.

"I'm extremely excited to be partnering with Nike Running Camps,” states VaAlystyne. “Together we’ll be able to bring a truly word-class experience to each runner that attends."

About US Sports Camps

US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America's largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of NIKE Sports Camps. Celebrating over 40 years, the company has offered summer camps with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.

Players, coaches, parents and others interested in the 2016 Nike Running Camps can visit or call 1-800-645-3226.

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