Redbird Cross Country to Host Distance Camp This Summer

March 26, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - For the second consecutive year, the Illinois State men's and women's cross country teams will host a distance camp in an effort to provide instruction to all genders entering grades 6-12.

The camp will run July 21-24 and will be led by the two-time defending Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year Jeff Bovee, his staff and Redbird runners. The women's team has won back-to-back Valley titles and claimed a top-10 finish at the 2012 NCAA Midwest Regional with an eighth-place finish.

Bovee was instrumental in the development of professional runner and former Redbird, Aisha Praught, who signed a contract with Nike this past fall to run for the Oregon Track Club. He has coached 10 Valley individual champions, a NJCAA National Cross Country Champion and was an All-Pac-10 performer at Arizona.

The clinics will cover a variety of topics, including nutrition, training methodology, running mechanics, racing tactics, team building, strength training and injury prevention. In addition, the camp will utilize a wide-array of facilities optimal for distance runners, including the ISU Cross Country Course at the Weibring Golf Club (the site of the Illinois Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships and the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Championships), the Redbird Track & Field Complex, Maxwell Park, the trails at Lake Evergreen and the Constitution Trail; all of which are put to use by the Redbird men's and women's distance crews on a daily basis.

Individual and team instruction from the ISU coaching staff, visiting high school and college coaches, as well as collegiate student-athletes will take place throughout the duration of the camp. A three-mile race at Maxwell Park (the site of the IESA Cross Country Championships and several IHSA Sectional Cross Country Meets), will conclude the camp on the final day.

 

 

The cost of $350 for an individual includes instruction, meals, overnight housing on the ISU campus and a T-shirt. The price reduces to $325 for individuals signing up with a group of four or more from the same team, $275 for an individual who commutes to the camp and $250 for individuals signing up with a group of four or more from the same team who commute to the camp daily.

Registration is now open and will close Friday, June 21, at which point a $100 deposit is required. A fee of $35 will be added for registrations received after July 5.

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