Established by legendary Humboldt Hall of Fame coach Jim Hunt, the Humboldt Distance Running Camp is recognized as one of the country's premier developmental opportunities for youth and high school athletes. The camp staff is comprised of some of the most successful and respected coaches in the United States.
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 past keynote speakers. Olympians Leo Manzano, Magdalena Boullet, Kim Conley, Gabe Jennings and Jim Spivey have also been featured visitors.
JAMEY HARRIS- CAL POLY HUMBOLDT HEAD COACH
Jamey Harris has been at the helm of Lumberjack cross country since 2017.
Harris coached Tatiana Gillick to the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Gillick and Annie Roberts both earned All-Region honors while Roberts was All-CCAA and later broke the school record in the 10K. Roberts qualified in the 10K for the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Brayden Leach earned All-American honors at that championships while breaking the school record in the 800-meters. During the 2019 season, Daniel Tull earned All-West Region and All-CCAA honors while qualifying for NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships.
In 2022, Rosa Granados and Saedy Williamson earned All-CCAA honors with top ten finishes at the CCAA Cross Country Championships in San Marcos, California. Both earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team honors. Harris' teams have earned USTFCCCA All-Academic every Fall since he took over the Jacks' program.
Harris was the head track & field and cross country coach at UC Santa Cruz from 2014-17. He was a three-time Division III Independents Coach of the Year and coached runners to 19 DIII First Team All-Independent Awards in his three seasons. Harris guided the Banana Slugs' cross country program to new heights as nine distance runners earned NCAA All-Region honors.
While at UC Santa Cruz, Harris also led the Pacific Collegiate School's track & field program. He directed the teams to their best places in League and Section Championships in program history. Harris' squads had six California State Championship qualifiers and broke over 50 school records in three seasons.
Before becoming the Banana Slugs' head coach, he was the program's top assistant from 2008-09 and 2011-13. Harris also served as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Auburn (2003-04) and Fresno State (2001-02).
Harris was the Director of Olympic Development for the Aggie Running Club from 1995-2002. He coordinated the development of emerging elite post-collegiate athletes and established Olympic Development division policies.
His best personal athletic accomplishment was his 1998 USATF National Championship in the 1500m.
Harris was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American and earned his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at Fresno State. He earned his master's degree in Kinesiology at Auburn.
KEVIN SEARLS - HUMBOLDT DISTANCE RUNNING CAMP DIRECTOR
Kevin Searls has been the Humboldt Running Camp Director since 2002.
A graduate of Humboldt State University and former athlete of Humboldt Hall of Fame Coach Jim Hunt, Searls is a two-time NCAA All-American cross-country and track and field athlete. He went on to coach 8 years at the High School level and 12 years at the community college level in Northern California.
Searls is also in his 17th year as the President of the Hoka Aggie Running Club. He remains competitive at the Masters level in both cross country and track, including contributing to the USAT&F Masters Cross-country championship team for 3 consecutive years.
Searls is a member of the College Park High School Hall of Fame.
Searls and his wife, Noreen, are proud parents of their two children, Nolin and Renae.
JOHN MCKENZIE - FORMER NCAA DIVISION 1 COACH
John McKenzie graduated from Texas Christian University in 1964 with a degree in education with an emphasis in mathematics. John went on to coach track and field and cross country for both men and women at University of North Texas and TCU from 1971 to 1996. At those two universities he coached national and world record holders and numerous athletes to NCAA All-American status.
In 1996, after a highly successful collegiate coaching career, John exchanged his role of an athletic coach for the role of a financial coach and is now a senior vice president at Merryll Lynch Wealth Management.
CHRIS WILLIAMS - HIGH SCHOOL COACH
Prior to his tenure at Dublin High School, where he has transformed modest cross country and track programs into annual league and section contenders, Chris Williams made his mark at Skyline High School. Williams orchestrated the rise of one of the best distance groups in Oakland Section history, setting school records in the 4x800, 4x1600 and Distance Medley Relays.
Williams is also an expert in the sprints, hurdles and field events. In 2011 Williams coached Dublin's Keremiah Crockett to a runner up finish in the triple jump at the CIF state championships. In 2014 he coached Mecca McGlaston to the California 100 high hurdle title. McGlaston earned a runner up state meet finish in the event in 2015.
Williams is also the meet director of both the Dublin Distance Fiesta and the Northern California Frosh Soph Championships.
CHUCK WOOLRIDGE - HIGH SCHOOL COACH
Chuck Woolridge coached the College Park High School cross county and track teams for 13 years, from 1994 through 2006. During that time his squads won 2 cross country state titles, 9 North Coast Section titles and numerous league crowns. He also helped guide Lindsay Allen to a high school steeplechase national record.
In 2006 Woolridge began his tenure at Campolindo High School, where he continues to coach today. The Cougars have won 7 CIF and 18 NCS cross country titles since his arrival. In 2023 his girls' squad finished 13th at NXN. He coached both Carrie Verdon and Aidan Goltra to back to back individual cross country state wins. He guided Carrie Verdon and Toni Finnane to the Footlocker National Finals. Campolindo alumnus Thomas Joyce, who ran 4:10 for 1600m under Woolridge, went on to run sub 4:00 for that distance and set the Cal Berkeley school record in the 1500m.
Woolridge is a member of both the North Coast Section cross country and track & field management committees and serves as the meet director for both the NCS cross country and track & field championships. He is also the meet director of the annual Ed Sias cross country invitational.
Woolridge is a member of the College Park High School Hall of Fame.