Falcon Running Camp Inspires Generations of Runners

Falcon Running Camp Inspires Generations of Runners

Since 1962, the Seattle Pacific University (SPU) Falcon Running Camp has called Camp Casey Conference Center home.

Each summer, the camp serves to inspire a generation of young runners. This year, 80 campers ranging from 13 to 18 years old participated in the weeklong program.

“The setting is perfect. The water, the air, the trees, the wildlife, the trails, and the history, all make this a fantastic setting for these kids to get out of the bustle of their lives and find their inner selves,” said Chris Reed, SPU’s cross country track-field associate head coach. “Plus, the care of the Camp Casey staff simply seals the deal.”

The camp serves as a springboard for many cross-country seasons and, for some, their careers. Like with many sports, there are psychological, as well as physical, skills to sharpen. For those reasons, the experience at Camp Casey is so critical.

“We hope to continue to play a part in developing lifelong runners who can benefit from long-distance running the rest of their lives,” Reed said.

The program includes workshops, speakers, and of course, running. The final event is a big run throughout the expansive Camp Casey grounds and neighboring Fort Casey State Park.

“The speakers who come each year are amazing,” Reed said. “We have Olympians, such as Doris Heritage, spend some time with us. Additionally, legendary coach Pat Tyson’s energy makes camp memorable for the campers each year.”

Falcon Running Camp has already booked the dates for its 58th camp in 2020.

Camp Casey Conference Center is the perfect location for an inspiring group getaway to Whidbey Island, Washington. Ideal for sports camps, church groups, outdoor education camps, summer camps, and other nonprofit endeavors, Camp Casey provides overnight accommodations and food service for groups large and small. Explore our group lodging packages and start planning your next group retreat today!