[kkstarratings]This is the time of year when par­ents across the coun­try are scram­bling to sched­ule their kids’ sum­mers. When does school end? When does school start up again? What week(s) are we going to all go on vaca­tion together? What long week­ends will we take? And most impor­tantly — What sum­mer camps will we sign up for this year?

The sum­mer camp options seem almost lim­it­less, with, of course, more and more options open­ing up as your kids get older. Well, here’s an option you may not have considered.

Try a youth run­ning sum­mer camp

These camps are a great way for your kids to have a lot of fun in a safe envi­ron­ment while improv­ing their run­ning and learn­ing about fit­ness with peers that share the same val­ues. And, believe it or not, there are kids run­ning sum­mer camps all across the coun­try! Most are open to kids in Mid­dle School through High School, but age require­ments vary from camp to camp. If you search locally on Google chances are you can find one near you. Here’s a selec­tion of run­ning camps from across the coun­try that are worth check­ing out!

Kids Sum­mer Run­ning Camp List

  • Nike Run­ning Campsloca­tions nation­wide, ages 14 to 18 This is the 800 lb. gorilla of youth run­ning camps with pro­grams all across the coun­try. Check out their web­site to find a Nike Run­ning Camp near you. These camps are all pro­fes­sion­ally staffed and held on col­lege cam­puses. Def­i­nitely worth a look!
  • Warr10r CampLoca­tions in Florida and Geor­gia, ages 12 to 18 This camp has kids run on trails in the Florida and Geor­gia coun­try­side. If I still lived in Geor­gia, I’d send my kids here!
  • Run­ners Work­shop XC CampLake Tahoe, Mal­ibu, and Idyll­wild, CA, ages 12 to 18 Cal­i­for­nia has some of the pret­ti­est run­ning coun­try and best weather around!
  • Stars and Stripe Track CampOre­gon, ages 6 to 18 Kids as young as six can attend this day­camp to learn and prac­tice a vari­ety of track and field events.
  • Steens Moun­tain High Alti­tude Run­ning CampOre­gon, ages 13 to 19 When they say “High Alti­tude” they’re not kid­ding! Base camp is at 7500 feet, and with daily runs through the moun­tains, this camp is not for the fainthearted.
  • Ele­vate Run­ning CampAri­zona, high school ages Another moun­tain run­ning camp, Ele­vate puts a focus on on learn­ing with instruc­tional ses­sions every­day in addi­tion to reg­u­lar runs and typ­i­cal camp fun.
  • Camp Isa­iahCol­orado, mid­dle school to high school ages This Chris­t­ian camp allows kids to enjoy run­ning and other activ­i­ties while explor­ing their spir­i­tu­al­ity in the Rockies.
  • Car­rie Tollef­son Train­ing CampMin­nesota, mid­dle school to high school ages Started by run­ning star Car­rie Tollef­son and held in her home­town in Min­nesota, this high per­for­mance camp is exclu­sively for girls.
  • Wilder­ness Run­ning CampMis­souri, teens Located in the beau­ti­ful Ozarks, this camp is a true out­door adven­ture that com­bines trail run­ning with fun out­door events like float trips.
  • First XC Run­ning CampSouth Car­olina, teens Held on the grounds of Fur­man Uni­ver­sity, this camp is for run­ners of all abil­ity levels.
  • Cav­a­lier Dis­tance Run­ning CampNorth Car­olina, teens Located near Asheville, NC, this Chris­t­ian run­ning camp is packed with out­door activ­i­ties such as a ropes course and hik­ing through the beau­ti­ful Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • X-Treme Run­ning CampNew Jer­sey, mid­dle school and high school ages This high per­for­mance camp located near the Delaware Water Gap is geared towards help­ing com­pet­i­tive run­ners jump to the head of the pack.
  • Aim High Run­ning CampNew York, mid­dle school and high school ages This camp, set in upstate New York’s Adiron­dack Moun­tains, is packed with activities!
  • Portsmouth-Newport Run­ning CampRhode Island, high school ages Open to run­ners of all abil­ity lev­els, this camp is set on the scenic cam­pus of Portsmouth Abbey School near his­toric New­port, RI.

So what are you wait­ing for? Find a camp near you and sign up before they fill up!

And if you know of a great kids run­ning camp that I missed, please let us know about it in the comments!

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