2020 HSU CAMP UPDATE: Unfortunately (but not unexpectedly), HSU has canceled all summer conferences for 2020, including the HSU Distance Running Camp.
HSU Distance Running Camp staff is now working on providing a modified week-long experience for athletes, which will likely include Zoom presentations by notable professional athletes and elite coaches.
We hope to have more details posted soon regarding this "virtual" running camp.
HUMBOLDT STATE DISTANCE RUNNING CAMP
HSU Distance Running Camp is an inspiring week of training amidst majestic redwoods, overlooking ocean vistas, and along winding rivers. It is also an opportunity to learn from top coaches and interact with athletes from a variety of schools. This experience is intended to elevate each participant's level of performance and enjoyment in the sport of endurance running.
HSU Distance Running Camp continues the legacy established by Jim Hunt, who built HSU's track and field distance program into a powerhouse during the 1960s, 1970s and 80s. Hunt was inducted into the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Coach Hall of Fame in 2013.
During his tenure at Humboldt State from 1967 to 1986, Hunt's teams in cross country and track and field captured six Far Western Conference Titles and produced 64 All-Americans and 11 national champions. The Lumberjacks captured the national title in 1980 in the school's first year in the NCAA's Division II.
His impact on the sport continues to this day as many of his athletes promote the fundimentals of training developed by Coach Hunt in their own programs across the country. Hunt's most successful athlete, Olympian Mark Conover, leads the NCAA Division I Cal Poly cross country and track programs.
"Coach had a positive impact not only on the sports of cross country and track and field, but also on the lives of countless individuals. His passion for life and sport was contagious. He knew how to get the best out of each individual due to his caring nature and honest approach. I will be forever grateful to Coach Hunt," said Conover following Hunt's passing in 2019.
Established by legendary HSU Hall of Fame coach Jim Hunt, the camp is recognized as one of the country's premier developmental opportunities for youth and high school athletes. Numerous individual and team participants have gone on to earn section titles and state meet podium finishes, including several state champions.
Many veterans of the HSU Distance Running Camp have graduated on to success in the college ranks. Camp alumni include dozens of All Americans and even a few national record holders. Most importantly however, the majority of participants enjoy a lifetime love of running.
A COMPLETE EXERIENCE
Running Camp is a 5-day intensive workshop addressing all aspects of training and racing. Workouts include daily distance runs on spectacular terrain at various locations on and around the Humboldt State University campus, as well as skill and strength sessions conducted in the beautiful Lumberjack Stadium and athletic complex. Classroom clinics cover a range of essential topics, including training theory, biomechanics, sport nutrition, performance recovery, sport psychology, team building and racing strategy.
All levels of ability and experience are welcome. HSU Distance Running Camp is open to anyone who is willing to prepare adequately and wishes to dedicate him or herself to personal improvement. The distance and pace of each run is based upon the current fitness of the athlete. Athletes are often grouped by ability for various sessions, and care is taken to ensure each participant's particular needs are considered and addressed.
OLYMPIC CALIBER STAFF
In addition to a staff of experienced and highly successful high school, college and national team coaches, Running Camp provides exciting guest speakers. Olympic marathon veteran Mark Conover and National Champion triathlete Mike Pigg have been regular attendees. Olympians Magdalena Boullet, Kim Conley, Gabe Jennings and Jim Spivey have also been featured visitors.
TIME FOR THE TEAM
For high school athletes, camp also offers time for strengthening bonds between teammates and coaches, establishing goals for the up-coming season, and the development of friendly rivalry through games and contests between teams.
THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT
Humboldt State University is located in the small town of Arcata, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Within the great redwood corridor of Northern California, the summer weather is typically mild, with misty mornings and an average daytime temperature of 65 degrees.
Participants reside in on-campus residence dormitories with comfortable beds and full linen service provided. Clean, private dormitory showers with hot water are a particularly appealing amenity for those used to camps held in camp grounds. Male and female participants will be assigned to separate dormitory floors or wings, under the supervision of adult live-in counselors.
Meals are served in the Jolly Giant Complex. Multiple entrées, a full salad bar, and sweet deserts, including soft serve ice cream, allow for a range of tastes. Vegetarian options are always available, and special dietary requirements can be accommodated upon request.
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Coach Hunt extensively studied variables which relate to efficient and economical running mechanics. He was at the forefront of running mechanics analysis, and dedicated the majority of his career to assessing ways for runners to improve their form. In addition to mechanics, Coach Hunt breaks down specific drills and workouts and incorporates them into weekly, monthly, and yearly cycles. His expertise in determining proper warm-up drills, conditioning workouts, and post-workout routines helps the athlete reach peak performance. His training ideals and drills are appropriate for runners of all ages and abilities. Results from Coach Hunt’s athletes over the years speak for themselves, and are a testimony to the success of the methodology he applied to training and racing.
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