SPU Falcon Running Camp

SPU Falcon Running Camp

Longest continuous program of its kind in the US!

Did you know that the Falcon Running Camp is the longest continuous program of its kind in the US? This July 20 – 25th, 150-200 runners will descend on Camp Casey Conference Center. Since 1960, Falcon Running Camp has given thousands of runners in middle school and high school the opportunity to work with expert coaches and elite athletes to learn about everything from mental and physical preparation to racing strategies.

Chris Reed is the director of Falcon Running Camp, and the newest face among SPU’s cross country coaching staff. A former distance standout at Western Oregon University, he continues to race post-collegiately in both cross country and track.

If you were searching RunningCamps.org for advice on what to look for, one of their first suggestions is to find out the age of the camp.  “The longer that it has been in operation, the more proof that they must be doing something right.” Check!

Other suggestions? Planned Runs – “trails should be safe, supervised by staff at critical places, varied, aesthetic and ability grouped.” At the Falcon Camp runners have two formal training sessions each day and an opportunity to run the wooded trails, fields, and beaches of Seattle Pacific University’s Camp Casey campus on Whidbey Island. The morning run is designed to build camaraderie; while the afternoon focuses on techniques and racing strategy. Check!

Planned Educational Activities – “sessions that teach you about all aspects of training with competent instructors.” Did you know that one of the instructors/coaches is Doris Brown Heritage, a two-time Olympian, a five-time world champion, and a former Olympic Coach? Apart from the quality of the instructors, runners spend their day in lecture and discussion sessions learning about schedule building, mental and physical preparation, injury prevention, nutrition, strength and flexibility training, motivation, cross-training, and race preparation. At the conclusion of each session, team members are encouraged to discuss what they have learned from the speakers and how they will apply those learnings during their upcoming season. Check!

And while certainly not last on their 10 point check list, they include Planned Recreational and Team building Activities – “activities with supervision that are fun and build a sense of team.”   One thing our returning visitors to Camp Casey routinely tell us is how the experience keeps them coming back. Campers are housed in dorm-style facilities with either two-person rooms or team-space options. Meals are shared at the Mess Hall. And campers have access to the gym, the auditorium with its game rooms, the fields and the pool. And what camping experience doesn’t end with a nightly bonfire!

Registration for the 2015 Falcon Running Camp – July 19 -24, 2015 is open now! Visit   http://spu.edu/athletics/falcon-running-camp   to register today!

Perhaps a Running Camp wasn’t on your list of activities this summer. Whatever your need or interest, Camp Casey appeals to a broad spectrum of groups.

Be sure to visit the Falcon Running Camp Facebook page at   https://www.facebook.com/falconrunningcamp