The Northern Arizona Cross Country Camp is the premier high school running camp in the country, providing a world-class camp experience in the famed running mecca of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Year after year, the camp provides a unique opportunity for high school athletes (grades 9-12) to experience training alongside the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Champions, learn from the professional and Olympic runners who call our mountain town home, and form lifelong friendships with runners from all over the nation. Our program is designed for young runners to thrive in a camp environment based on specialized training, continued running education, and the individualized guidance necessary to produce not only successful athletes, but successful people.

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For five incredible days, you will be immersed in a training environment unlike any other: endless world-class trails and forest service roads, a dedicated coaching staff with experience at every level of performance, and guest speakers with World and Olympic titles to their name, all the while surrounded by Northern Arizona’s renowned athletes, team culture, and altitude!

Campers will run with and learn from Northern Arizona University coaches and athletes, rub elbows with some of the most famous runners in the country and, in the process, become a part of the legacy of the most famous altitude-based training site anywhere on the planet.

For more information on what the day-to-day is typically like, please follow the link: 2022 Northern Arizona XC Camp Schedule


Becca Pflugrad

Camp Director

Becca Pflugrad serves as an integral part of the championship-winning NAU team, focusing her coaching efforts on men’s and women’s mid-distance and distance athletes as well as team operations. She has helped assist the NAU track & field teams to numerous Big Sky Titles (Men’s Indoor and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor) in addition to the coveted national cross country titles.

A former Division I All-American for Smith’s Georgetown University team, Pflugrad brings to the Lumberjacks a wide variety of experience within both collegiate athletics and the Olympic sports industry (as a former Athlete Services Coordinator at HYPO2 where she worked with some of the best runners in the world).

Mike Smith

NAU Director of Track & Field

After joining the NAU track & field staff in 2016 (after which the team won its first national cross country championship), Smith took control of the NAU Track & Field program completely in the Fall of 2017, helping the men’s cross country team to its second-consecutive NCAA National Championship and setting the stage for many more. Now, after winning four of the last five national Division I cross country titles, Smith has turned the NAU program into an internationally-recognized juggernaut.

A groundbreaking, award-winning and thinking-outside-the-box kind of coach, Smith has indisputably become one of the greatest and most sought-after running coaches in the country.


In addition to amazing runs, campers will also have the chance to participate in structured sessions in order to learn more about a myriad of topics that make all the difference to world-class runners – and hear from the runners themselves!

  • Olympian, World Champion & National Champion Guest Speakers
  • Strength Training Specific for Runners
  • Training Plan Design
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology / Mental Performance
  • Biomechanical Factors in Running
  • Injury Prevention & Management

Combine all this with individualized attention through segmenting the camp into small groups (each with its own dedicated counselor) and experience has shown the Northern Arizona Cross Country Camp to be the single best distance running camp experience in the country.

2022 Northern Arizona XC Camp Schedule



The Residential Package is the full Northern Arizona Cross Country Camp experience! This includes four nights of room and board on the Northern Arizona Campus.


Q: My son will have graduated high school by camp time – is he still eligible to attend?
A: We’re sorry but no – the camp is for incoming 9th-12th grade athletes so graduated seniors may not attend.

Q: If you are signing up 2 athletes from the same family, do you need to create a second login for the 2nd athlete?
A: No. Parents can register multiple participants with the same login. 

Q: Can coaches attend camp and shadow their athletes?
A: Yes, coaches can attend. We just require that they pay room and board only. There is no way to register for this via the camp registration portal so just send an email to and we can get you squared away.

Q: What is the deadline for signing up for camp?
A: There is currently no hard deadline as of now but, due to its popularity and judging from the history of running the camp, it will fill up and we will end up having to put late registrants on our wait list. So the sooner you register, the greater chance you will have of getting in.

Q: Are there requirements or criteria that athletes have to fulfill in order to qualify to attend the camp?
A: There are no requirements – the NAU student athletes serve as group leaders and we break down the groups based on PRs and mileage so all young athletes are grouped with other athletes of similar ability.

Q: How many miles per day will campers run?
A: Approximately four miles per day on the low end up to eight miles per day on the high end. But, per the above, all campers are broken down into groups that will run appropriate mileage based on their capabilities.

Q: What dorm will the campers stay in and what is the room setup?
A: All campers will stay on campus at NAU in Gabaldon Hall (also where incoming NAU freshman runners live). There are four people to each suite, two people on each side with a shared bathroom. Males and females will be segregated by floor and each wing of each floor will have same-gender chaperones (the NAU runners serve in these roles). For more information on Gabaldon (including floor plans), go HERE.

Q: Do the on-campus cafeterias used at the camp take into account special dietary considerations?
A: During the summer, the “Simple Servings” platform in both of the main university dining halls will offer alternative options that take into account some of the common allergens (wheat, eggs, milk, nuts, soy, etc.). Staff on site at the dining halls will also be able to work with participants on any additional special needs and to assist with better understanding of the options and different platforms.

Q: What do I need to pack for camp?
A: Full linens will be provided at the dorm but campers can bring a sleeping bag and pillow if they would like. In addition, all campers should bring:

  • TWO pairs of running shoes. If you have a cross country or road racing flat it may be nice for some of our workouts!
  • Plenty of running apparel: short and long sleeve shirts, shorts, tights, light jacket, and SOCKS (2 pairs of socks per day is a good rule of thumb)
  • Warmer clothes (think beanies, sweatpants, pullovers, warm socks). Summer nights can get a bit chilly at 7,000 feet!
  • Rain jacket
  • Casual shoes / Sandals
  • At least TWO water bottles.
  • Sunglasses & sunscreen (the sun is INTENSE at altitude)
  • Bathroom toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)

Q: I am flying into the PHOENIX airport for the camp – is there ground transportation from the Phoenix airport to the NAU campus?
A: For campers needing transport in and out of Flagstaff from the Phoenix airport, we suggest you use Groome Transportation’s shuttle service. Shuttles between Phoenix airport and Flagstaff run regularly all day long, every day of the week, and are both inexpensive and extremely safe. Please see the schedule via the link below and have your camper disembark from the shuttle at the “University North” stop. We will be doing pickups at this stop on July 6th but ONLY for those campers who have let us know in advance when they are arriving! To learn more and schedule a ride:

Q: I am flying into the FLAGSTAFF airport for the camp – is there ground transportation from the Flagstaff airport to the NAU campus?
A: Most people use Uber for this kind of service but Flagstaff’s Mountain Line public transit service now also offers inexpensive and safe transportation from the airport to various places in and around Flagstaff, including NAU. To learn more and schedule a ride:

Q: What is the situation with parking on the NAU campus?
A: For parents dropping their young athletes off for camp, or for athletes driving in to camp and planning to park on campus for the duration of the camp, please be aware of the following short term parking options for visitors at NAU (credit/debit card required):

  1. Pay upon exit at a parking garage located on Knoles Drive or San Francisco Street {$2/hr; $10/day}.
  2. Purchase a permit at the Skydome kiosk for South Commuter hourly {$3/hr } and daily ($7/ day) parking in P66. On weekdays, guests may use campus shuttle for free.
  3. Pay-by-space for up to two hours in lot P16 (Union) or lot P45 (du Bois) {$3/hr for up to two hours}.
  4. Pay at a meter for up to two hours on Knoles Drive, lots P6 (South Beaver School), and P64 (Facility Services) {$3/hr for up to two hours}.
  5. Purchase an evening permit at the Riordan Road kiosk which is valid after 4:30 pm in any employee (E) lot that allows all permits after 4:30 pm or a commuter (NC or SC) lot {$4/evening}.
  6. Use ParkMobile Pay by phone options in lots P62, P64 and P66 (Pine Knoll Drive) for $3/hour and $5/two hours and after 4:30 PM at lot P13 (Cline Library) for $4/evening. Download the ParkMobile app, register online or call 877- 727-5950 and set up an account before using this option. Each lot has its own ParkMobile code as follows: lot P66 is zone 4690; lot P62 is zone 4692; lot P64 is zone 4691 and lot P13 is zone 4693. Parking is lot specific based on zone selected.
  7. Online permits may be purchased at $7/day for lot 66 (Skydome) and printed from home or office by logging into “Manage My Parking” , creating a guest account and selecting “purchase permit.” Print the temporary permit and display it so it is visible from the outside on the passenger side dashboard.

Mike and his staff were incredible and made a lasting impression with my son. Thank you for not another run-of-the-mill camp, but for making it about community. This is something that will help motivate him through the season and carry him in his life. I truly can’t say thank you enough! — Laura T, camper parent

I learned SO much from this camp, I can’t even tell you. And not just about how to be a better runner, but about how to be a better teammate and better person. THANK YOU! — Emma P, Memorial High School Junior Varsity Track & Field

My daughter has gone to a few running camps in her high school career, but nothing compares to this camp. When you say “best-in-class,” you are not exaggerating! Thanks for all you did for her. She’s never been more excited about running! — Carrie B, camper parent

The Flagstaff Running Camp helped me prepare for my cross country season by giving me skills and techniques that I can use to run better races. — Rosario P, North High School Varsity Cross Country

I learned the importance of patience and recovery during camp. Also how to be consistent in my training! — Abdi N, 2016 Arizona Cross Country State Champion (now an NAU standout athlete)

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