“It was a great experience to talk and run with an Olympic level athlete, and hear personal accounts of experiences from college athletes and coaches. My roommates were amazing (we continue to text message/email almost every day) and I appreciate the family spirit that UCSB promotes…I found it very easy to form close relationships with many other people at camp, such as sprinters and throwers as well as distance runners. Thank you for two of the most memorable running weeks in my HS career”
Kelly, 2x Camper


Middle & Long Distances

A system of periodization for peak performance is the basis of the distance running training philosophy. Each day is broken up into “training periods”, where beyond the workouts, the campers will get an in depth understanding of how and why each training period is important to achieve maximum performance at the end of the season when it really counts. Campers will also learn how to achieve ultimate racing fitness through incorporating the “little things”—drills, stretching, nutrition, etc.— into their training schedules. The morning and afternoon workout sessions will allow campers to get in their summer “miles,” while giving each the knowledge of what it takes to train at the highest level. Of course running on the beautiful ocean bluffs and trails throughout the area, alongside national class athletes, is an experience not to be missed!

Pete Dolan ~ Cross Country & Middle Distance Head Camp Coach

Pete Dolan, now in his 29th year with the Gauchos, is the Head Coach for Track and Field and Cross Country. Dolan has led a remarkable championship run at UCSB- evident by his teams winning Big West Championships in Men’s and Women’s Cross Country as well as Men’s and Women’s Track and Field.

As a Head Coach, he has captured a Big West Team Title in all four Championships.

UCSB has become a sought after destination for distance runners looking to train in a competitive group and develop in their respective events.

Since Dolan’s arrival in Santa Barbara in 1987, both the men’s and women’s distance programs have become highly regarded in the Big West Conference and have helped put UCSB in position to consistently contend for team championships.  Illustrating that point, since 2005 the UCSB women’s track and field program has finished in the top-2 at the Big West Championships 7 times, winning in 2005. The 2013 season ended with both men’s and women’s teams finishing runner-up at the Big West Championship although individually it was the best year under Dolan’s watch with Gauchos winning 10 event titles. One of those champions, Jennifer Carey, went on to represent Ireland running the 400m in the IAAF World Championships.

In 2012 the UCSB Men captured their first Big West Track and Field Championship- scoring in 18 of 21 events. After the Championship meet, Dolan was awarded his 12th Big West Coach of the Year honor- A fitting number matching his 12th Big West team title.
(More on Coach Dolan)

Camp Philosophy

The week long Training Camp experience is scheduled to give you a greater love and understanding of the sport. We’ll help you leave the training camp with tangible knowledge to help meet short and long-term goals through individual and/or team goal setting sessions as well as learning what it takes to run competitively at the collegiate level. The camp will also focus on building leadership skills on and off the track. An intensive, but incredibly fun training camp makes this the can’t miss summer experience.


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