"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 ~ X-Country & Middle Distance Head Camp Coach
- 2012 USTFCCCA West Region Head Coach of the Year
- 2 Big West Track and Field Team Titles (Women '05, Men ‘12)
- 14 Big West Cross Country Team Titles
- 97 Big West Track and Field Champions
- 18 NCAA Track and Field All-Americans
- 54 NCAA Track and Field National Qualifiers
- 2x Big West Track and Field Coach of the Year
- 11-Time Big West Cross Country Coach of the Year
- 10 Big West Cross Country Individual Champions
- 3 Cross Country All-Americans
- 18 Cross Country All-Regional Honors
- 21 Years in a row that UCSB Athletes have been awarded All-Big West honors (leads Big West)
- Dolan’s runners hold UCSB school records in every distance race from 800m-10,000m
Pete Dolan, now in his 30th 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.
UCSB has become a sought after destination for distance runners looking to train in a competitive group and develop in their respective events.
Over the past decade UCSB has been the top-all around program in the Big West Conference factoring in performances in cross country and track and field, on both the men's and women's side. Coach Dolan has dedicated his program to the development of all the areas of a track and field team. (More on Coach Dolan)
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.