2015 Falcon Running Camp - July 19-24, 2015

Falcon Running Camp

Since 1960, Falcon Running Camp has given thousands of runners an opportunity to run the wooded trails, the fields, and the beaches of Seattle Pacific University’s Camp Casey campus on Whidbey Island. Working with expert coaches and elite athletes, runners in middle school and high school learn about everything from mental and physical preparation to racing strategies.

At the 2015 Falcon Running Camp, you’ll have two formal training sessions each day. Your morning run is a special time of camaraderie; your afternoon session focuses on techniques and racing strategy.

In the daily teaching and discussion sessions, you’ll learn about schedule building, mental and physical preparation, injury prevention, nutrition, strength and flexibility training, motivation, cross-training, and race preparation.

In addition to a full week developing your running skills, you may also want to explore Coupeville, ride the Port Townsend ferry, or test “The Bluff.”

Attention teams: Following the sessions, you will have time to discuss what you learned from the speakers and how you can apply it to your team’s season ahead.

Housing and Meals

Campers are housed in dorm-style facilities with either two-person rooms or team-space options. Additional upgraded housing facilities have recently been added. Team housing fills up quickly, so register early to secure team space together.

Your meals are served in a separate dining facility. The food, expertly prepared, not only is delicious but also provides you with the fuel you’ll need to excel during the week.

Do you have a food allergy or special dietary needs? Those may be accommodated with prior notification.

For further information, contact camp director Chris Reed at chrisreed@spu.edu or 206-281-2085.

What to Bring

To help you with your planning and packing, we’ve prepared a list for you of what to bring and what not to bring to Falcon Running Camp.

Your Falcon Running Camp Coaches

This year’s running camp offers clinics and instruction from these expert coaches and elite athletes:

Doris Brown Heritage is a two-time Olympian, a five-time world champion, and a former Olympic coach. A longtime member of the SPU cross country coaching staff, she is a Falcon Running Camp co-founder.

Karl Lerum is a 12-time GNAC Coach of the Year and, as of the 2013–14 academic year, the director of SPU’s cross country and track and field programs.

Chris Reed is the director of Falcon Running Camp, and the newest face among SPU’s cross country coaching staff. A former distance standout at Western Oregon University, he continues to race post-collegiately in both cross country and track.

Audra Smith was a member of the coaching staff that led the University of Washington women to a runner-up finish at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships. She joined the SPU cross country coaching staff last year and helped lead the Falcon women to an NCAA Championship berth in 2013.

Tom Cotner, PhD, is a Pacific Northwest elite distance coach and research scientist.

Pat Tyson is Gonzaga University’s head cross country and track and field coach, a legendary high school cross country coach, and a member of the University of Oregon’s 1971 NCAA Cross Country Championship team. He returns to his infamous role as camp emcee in 2015.


Register on the SPU Camp Registration web page. Select “Running Camp” from the dropdown menu.

The last day to register is Wednesday, July 15.

Total cost: $425 due at registration, which includes your room, board, instruction, camp t-shirt, and transportation on the Port Townsend-Fort Worden ferry.

  • Early Registration Discount: Camp fee is $400 if registered by April 1.
  • All but $100 is refundable if requested by July 8.

Team Discount

A team discount will apply, more details to come.

Cancellation Policy

  • If a camper leaves camp for medical reasons, a prorated amount of fees paid will be refunded.
  • No refund will be given if a camper chooses to quit the camp or is asked to leave for behavior issues.


Contact Camp Director Chris Reed at 503-779-6662 or chrisreed@spu.edu.


Camp Casey Conference Center
1276 Engle Road
Coupeville, Washington 98239

Northbound: Exit off I-5 at Highway 525 West (exit #182). Cross the sound on the Mukilteo Ferry. Travel North 22 miles on Highway 525. Turn left at sign for Fort Casey State Park. Continue past Keystone Ferry until you see Camp Casey Conference Center sign.

Southbound: Exit off I-5 at the Anacortes/ Whidbey Island exit (#230) and continue through Oak Harbor to Coupeville. At the pedestrian overpass and traffic light, turn south (right) on South Main. Follow signs to Fort Casey State Park. You will arrive at Camp Casey Conference Center before reaching the state park.
 Falcon Running Camp

Don't Get Left Behind

Falcon Running Camp fills up fast! Register today.

The last day to register is Wednesday, July 15

Team Building at Camp Casey

What Should I Bring?

Should I bring a flashlight? Sunscreen? A warm jacket? My iPod? Yes. Yes. Yes. No. 

Camp Casey

Did You Know?

Founded in 1960, Falcon Running Camp is the longest continuous program of its kind in the United States.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Special thanks to our sponsors: Nike and Super Jock ’n Jill.