Wingfoot Running Camp

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Atlanta Track Club's cross country camp returns to the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2024. Middle and high school runners are invited to Wingfoot Running Camp at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Nestled in the foothills of the southern Appalachian mountains, this week-long overnight camp is led by college, high school, and elite coaches with college runners serving as camp counselors. Guest appearances will be made by college/professional coaches and college/elite athletes. Educational sessions will cover proper running technique, speed, form, and team building. Runners will also learn about a wide range of running-related topics including nutrition and footwear. Our camp is open to all entrants between the ages of 12 - 18, currently enrolled in middle or high school.

In addition to a week-long camp experience, this year, Wingfoot Running Camp is offering a two-week session for campers. It's a great opportunity to relive previous trail experiences, enhance their training, and make new friends. The second week of Wingfoot Running Camp will feature new guest speakers, educational sessions, and evening activities. Supervised activities and runs will be planned for the two days between camps, and housing will be provided. Campers should be prepared to take care of some meals independently and expect some free time.

Wingfoot Running Camp is solely operated by Atlanta Track Club, which is not affiliated with The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama or The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Date

  • July 7-12, 2024
  • July 14- 19, 2024

Location

  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Housing - Charger Village Addition - 601 John Wright Dr, Huntsville, AL 35805

Cost


Member / Non-Member

  • $675/$725 through December 1
  • $750/$800 through February 23
  • $775/$825 through April 26
  • $800/$850 through July 5

Two Weeks of Wingfoot Running Camp (includes weekend between)

  • $1450/$1500 through Dec 1
  • $1600/$1650 through Feb 23
  • $1650/$1700 through April 26
  • $1700/$1750 through July 5

Coaches Clinic

  • $325/$365

Wingfoot Running Camp Intern Application 

This opportunity is for upcoming high school graduates, Class of 2024. If you love helping others and are planning to pursue running in college. If you enjoy running on trails and making others feel welcome. We have an opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of other runners while learning important skills as an intern.

We are seeking enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to be Counselor Interns at Wingfoot Running Camp, one of the largest and best-running camps in the Southeast. If you have what it takes to be a part of our team, please fill out the form linked below and apply for this exciting opportunity to be a part of our Wingfoot Running Camp Family!

Wingfoot Running Camp - Coaching Clinic 

A week-long educational program led by veteran coaches and clinicians Eric Nelson and Tom Williams. Developed for new and novice coaches, foundational topics are covered in-depth with opportunities for one-on-one mentoring. This week-long session will prepare any coach for the upcoming season and many years to come. Networking opportunities with advanced practitioners and veteran coaches throughout the southeast will be provided. Coaching clinic topics that will be covered are listed below:

    • Setting Team Expectations and Coaching Philosophies

    • Recognizing and Cultivating Motivation

    • Principles of Training Overload, Adaptation, Volume, Intensity, and Variety

    • EBT- Effect-Based Training

    • Designing Building Blocks

    • Meso and Microcycles

    • Running Mechanics and Drills

    • Dealing and Preventing Overtraining

    • Recovery Strategies

    • Program Management and Communication


Cost

  • $325/$365

Camp Sessions

Training Sessions

Enjoy morning runs on the trails of Monte Sano State Park and along the Tennessee River on dirt roads and afternoon learn-by-doing sessions on the spacious campus of UAH. Campers will be grouped according to fitness level, and groups will be led by experienced runners. A solid week of training that is appropriate for early summer preparation for the fall cross country season can be expected.

Educational Sessions

Campers will have an opportunity to learn from experienced coaches and athletes from a variety of levels( (professional, collegiate, high school, and youth). By the end of the week, campers will have learned about a variety of topics, such as training, recovery, nutrition, race tactics, and more. Campers will have a chance to equip themselves with a knowledge base to be successful in our sport.

Recreational Sessions

Outside of daily free time, campers will have staff-led recreational opportunities. These sessions will be fun, allow campers to meet new people, engage with their peers, and develop long-lasting friendships.

Daily Schedule

6:15 AM

Wake up

6:45 AM

Depart For Morning Run

9:00 AM

Breakfast

10:30 AM

Guest Speakers

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

Free Time/Recreational Session

2:45 PM

Educational Session

3:30 PM

Learn-By-Doing

5:15 PM

Dinner/Free Time

7:00 PM

Recreational Session

10:00 PM

Lights Out

Camp Director 

Alan Drosky
30+ years of coaching at the NCAA Division 1 level
53 All-South Region athletes
17 All-ACC athletes
10+ years directing Smoky Mountain Running Camp
Georgia Tech Cross Country and Track and Field Coach

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Associate Camp Director 

Becky Megasi

Georgia Tech, Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach
21+ years of coaching at the NCAA Division 1 level


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Assistant Camp Director 

Alexandria Cruz
Atlanta Track Club, Program Manager, Youth Running and Partnerships
Track & Cross Country Athlete at The University of Texas at Austin
All South Central Region Athlete
3 x Big XII Indoor Team Champion
Big XII Indoor 1,000m Runner Up
Outdoor Big XII Team Champion
3 x NCAA D1 Cross Country National Qualifier

Additional Camp Staff

Coach Benson has 50+ years of coaching experience. He spent 10 of his years as the head cross country coach at the University of Florida and 15 at the Marist School. Under his coaching, he has 16 State Championships and is the author of 5 books on Effort Based Training

Roy Benson

Coach Fink is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she coaches and works at Zachary High School. Fink has over 15 years of coaching experience, and over the years as a coach has worked with two Gatorade Players of the Year and four Metro Champions, as well as claiming two State Titles and four Runner-Up State Titles. Her athletes have success at the local, state, and regional levels.

Julie Fink

Coach Hackney is currently a community coach at East Paulding High School. Before then, he was a distance coach at Kell High School and the director and head coach of the Walton Youth Track program. While at Kell, he coached the distance runners on the 2008 track and field region championship team and the 2009 Cross Country region championship team. He was selected as Cobb Co-Coach of the Year in 2009. Overall, coach Hackney has eight years of experience as a youth coach, 12 years as a high school coach, and over 20 years as a private coach for adults.

Bill Hackney


Director - High Performance



Hometown - Mentor, OH

Current Residence - Peachtree Corners

Favorite Atlanta Track Club Race - Wingfoot XC Classic

Favorite Non-Atlanta Track Club Race - Boston Marathon

Eric Heintz

Director - High Performance

Coach Nelson held the Head Coach position at Pensacola Catholic School for 23 years. Currently, he is the Executive Director for Run Pensacola - Event Management. Coach Nelson is leading the agenda for educational sessions at camp this year.

Eric Nelson

Coach Scott has been the cross country and track coach at Harrison High School for the past 26 years. He has been successful in leading athletes to nationally recognized events.

Jason Scott

Coach Tillery has 20 years of coaching experience in Georgia. Fours years at Forsyth High School and 16 at West Forsyth High School. Prior to coaching in Georgia, coach Tillery coached at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida. Over his coaching career, he has acquired 12 Region Titles in Track and four Region Titles in cross country. At the state level in cross country, he's had a State Champion and 17 state podium finishers. In Track and Field, he's had three State Champions and five top-ten finishers at the State competition.


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Coach Williams has coached high school cross country for 25+ years. At the collegiate level, he was the Women's Cross Country coach at the University of North Georgia for 10 years. He has since retired and is currently the community coach for North Oconee High School.

Tom Williams

Camp Guest Speakers Schedule 2023

Tentative 2024 Guest Speakers

Week 1:
Sunday: Alan Drosky - Camp Director and Georgia Tech Track and Field and Cross Country Coach
Monday: Atlanta Track Club Elite - TBD
Tuesday: Kelsey Pontius Beckmann - Meteor Nutrition
Wednesday: adidas Elite Athlete - TBD
Thursday: adidas History, Culture and Shoe Technology - TBD
Friday: TBA

Week 2:
Sunday: Alan Drosky - Camp Director and Georgia Tech Track and Field and Cross Country Coach
Monday: Atlanta Track Club Elite - TBD
Tuesday: Dr. Kate Edwards - Founder of Precision Performance and Physical Therapy, and Author
Wednesday: Dr. Chris Stanley- Chair of the USATF Sports Psychology Committee
Thursday: adidas History, Culture and Shoe Technology - TBD
Friday: TBA

Previous Guests Include
-Atlanta Track Club Elite (2023, 2022 - in-person and virtual, Olivia Baker, Jonathan Davis, Sadi Henderson, Emma Grace Hurley, Yolanda Ngarambe, Shane Streich, Allie Wilson and more)
-Morgan Beadlescomb (2023 - virtual, Very Nice Track Club/adidas)
-Dr. Kate Edwards - (2023 - Founder of Precision Performance and Physical Therapy, and Author)
-Stephen Jayaraj (2022 - Head Coach, Holy Innocents Episcopal School, Atlanta Track Club Youth Team)
-Jim "JJ" Jennings (2023 - adidas Sports Marketing)
-Hobbs Kessler (2023 - virtual, Very Nice Track Club/adidas)
-Matt McMurray (2023 - Head Coach, Marist School)
-Dunn Neugebauer (2022 - Assistant Coach, Holy Innocents Episcopal School)
-Dr. Chris Stanley (2023 - Chair of the USATF Sports Psychology Committee)
-Marc Sylvester (2023 - adidas Sports Marketing)
-Katelyn Tuohy (2023, 2022 - NC State/adidas)
-Nico Young (2022 - virtual, Northern Arizona University)


Additional Information

Housing
Charger Village Addition
601 John Wright Dr. NW, Huntsville, AL 35805

Refund Policy
No refunds. In case of a medical condition, you may transfer your registration to another person or defer to the following year with a doctor's note. For inquiries about this policy, contact: camp@atlantatrackclub.org
Questions
For additional questions contact camp@atlantatrackclub.org

Running Venues 

  • Chapman Mountain Nature Reserve
  • Green Mountain Nature Preserve
  • John Hunt Cross Country Course
  • Lime Creek Boat Ramp
  • Madison County Nature Trail
  • Monte Sano State Park
  • UAH Intramural Grass Fields

What To Pack

Below is a suggested list of items to bring to camp. The Atlanta Track Club is NOT responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • Running attire and shoes for 10 running sessions *double if attending both weeks

  • Casual attire and shoes for each day

  • Undergarments and sleeping attire

  • Toiletries and personal items

  • Sunscreen, lip balm, and bug spray

  • Towels

  • Extra-long twin mattress bed linens

  • Blanket, comforter, or sleeping bag

  • Pillow and pillowcase

  • Laundry detergent, if needed

  • Extra spending money for snacks or gear

Become a Member

Members of Atlanta Track Club get to participate in 7 free events throughout the year! They also receive discounts on all events and programs as well as guaranteed entry into the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race!

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