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2014 Falcon Running Camp - July 20-25, 2014

 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 2014 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.

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.

Duncan Atwood is a two-time Olympian and former American record holder in the javelin. He’s coached Falcon track and field runners for the past nine years.

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 2014.


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

The last day to register is Wednesday, July 16.

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

  • A $100 nonrefundable deposit is due at registration.
  • All remaining camp registration fees are due on or before the first day of camp.

Team Discount

A team of seven or more boys, or seven or more girls, will receive a 10 percent discount. A combined team does not qualify.

If you are on a team, you must register by July 11 for team housing and to qualify for the discount. Earlier is better, as camp spots fill quickly. As a team member, pay only your $100 nonrefundable deposit when registering. The balance can be paid once the team discount is applied.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations made at least one week prior to the start of camp will result in a full refund, less the $100 nonrefundable deposit.
  • Cancellations made within 72 hours prior to the start of camp will result in a refund of 50 percent of fees paid.
  • 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

 Falcon Running Camp

Don't Get Left Behind

Falcon Running Camp fills up fast! Register and make your $100 deposit today.

The last day to register is Wednesday, July 16

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.