Distance Individual Camp

Camp Type: 
Camp Classification: 
Track and Field
Distance Individual Camp
Jul 9 2017 - Jul 14 2017

Distance Camp

App State Distance Camp is set up so that the mileage regimen that a runner brings to camp can be maintained and possibly improved without risk of “too much too soon” and risk injury before the season starts. The athletes will be put in groups based on their current fitness level and abilities. Those that come with a strong summer base will be put with advanced groups. Those that come with little base will be encouraged to start smartly and safely. All will find it stimulating, encouraging and a great way to begin their cross country and track year. We strive to have a coach for each ten athletes and a van for each coach to promote a team atmosphere. This also gives each group a greater flexibility in where they train, providing a greater variety of venues.

The goal of the week will be to educate male and female athletes on the proper methods of training to become successful Distance and Cross Country event athletes. There will be lecture and training sessions by highly qualified and successful professionals and coaches in all facets of the athlete’s event. Sessions concerning diet, psychology, goal setting, long and short range planning for success among other considerations will be offered to the athletes. A special speaker may provide motivational and inspirational thoughts. This depends on who is available and possesses the qualities we look to present to our camp athletes. There will be activities during their time in camp to promote socialization and make it a fun time as well as educational. All our camp athletes in the past have left camp motivated to have successful seasons. Many have gone to successful track and cross country seasons due to the motivation gained at camp. Our camp isn’t large, so we can give the athletes personal attention and take a more individual approach to their needs. We will expect promptness to all sessions and will take roll to assure all are attending. We plan to provide a friendly, enthusiastic and motivational camp atmosphere.

Typical Day (General - each day is different)

Morning Run 7:00am - 7:30am
Breakfast 7:30am - 8:00am
Lectures or special activity 9:00 - 11:30 am
Lunch 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Guest Speaker or Lecture 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Training 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Dinner 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Special Activity 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Social Time  9:30 - 11:00 pm
In room - lights out 11:00 pm

 Running Vuenes – This area is a distance runner’s dream.  The runners will enjoy the scenic wooded paths and trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  These venues have provided countless hours of enjoyment and quality training for the Appalachian distance teams as they prepare for their championship seasons.  Other areas will be explored as well during the course of the week.  For the Individual Distance Camp, we strive to have one coach per ten athletes with a van per coach so the individual “teams” can have a tremendous amount of flexibility as to where they train each day.  The team camp will have guides to take the coaches and their teams to the remarkable training areas we have available. 

Eligibility – The camps are open to all boys and girls who are rising freshmen in high school to rising seniors in high school.

Health – Athletes will be covered by a limited accident and illness insurance. A qualified athletic trainer will be on hand at all times and medical facilities will be available at Watauga Medical Center. The release for treatment/indemnity agreement and code of conduct form must be signed. Parents are required to advise on special health conditions on the application, and again at registration to the training staff.

Recreation – Athletes will be given a daily period or two of recreation and free time utilizing the University’s facilities.

Housing – All resident campers will be housed in residence halls on the Appalachian campus. There will be constant supervision by qualified staff and camp rules will be enforced in terms of conduct and bedtime. We will not allow persons not enrolled in our camp to enter our residence hall area for any reason, nor will any of our campers be allowed to enter any other residence hall area.

What to Bring
• Sleeping bags are allowed
• Training shoes (more than one pair if possible)
• Several sets of training clothing, including sweats or warmups
• Toilet Articles
• Sheets for twin bed, pillowcase, pillow, blankets
• Bathing Suit
• Plenty of socks
• Bath Linens

Staff for the Distance Camp – The staff will be comprised of very successful college and high school coaches. Each staff member will be hired for their motivational qualities and effectiveness in communicating the ideas necessary for success in their event. The staff have been highly successful athletes as well. Each one able to relate to the needs of the high school athlete no matter the level. These athletes have been particularly motivating since they can identify with the developing athlete and will be positive role models for our campers. When available, special lecturers, including successful national class athletes, coaches, and celebrities, are invited to speak on the spirit of distance competition.

Special Guest Speakers:


Distance Individual Camp
Resident - $450
Day - $330

Special Discount for campers registering from the same high school:

5-9 campers from the same school receive a $10 dollar per camper discount.

*To register for 10-15  campers from the same school and receive a $20 dollar per camper discount, please call Jack Chambers at 828-262-2933.

*16+ campers from the same school receive $30 per camper discount, but must have a coach attend to be eligible for the discount. Please call Jack Chambers to register for a team, 828-262-2933.

Resident Coach: $325

Day Coach: $265 

Fee includes: 14 meals (supper on the day of arrival through breakfast on the day of departure), 5 nights lodging (Resident Only), limited accident/illness insurance, camp t-shirt, other amenities, and instructional materials.


Camp Director

Coach Mike CurcioMike Curcio is in his 22nd year as the head men's and women's cross country coach, track and field distance coach, and recruiting coordinator at Appalachian State University. Curcio's cross country teams have been very successful under his tenure, as they have captured 10 Southern Conference titles since 2000. Since taking over the helm of the women's cross country team in 2000, his teams have recorded four conference runner-up finishes and one title.

In his 22 years, Curcio has coached, nine NCAA Qualifiers, eight NCAA Regional Qualifiers, one USATF Junior National Champion, 18 USATF Junior National Qualifiers, nine USTFCCCA all-Regional cross country performancers and seven Southern Conference Cross Country Freshman of the Year. In addition to those feats, Curcio has also coached 77 all-Southern Conference Cross Country performances and four Southern Conference Cross Country individual champions.

While coaching the distance runners for ASU track and field, Curcio has coached 42 athletes to SoCon indoor and outdoor individual champion performances and 191 runners to all-conference indoor and outdoor performances. He has also coached two athletes to SoCon outdoor track and field MVP awards and one to a SoCon indoor track and field MVP award.

Since arriving at ASU, he has helped the Mountaineers garner 17 indoor track and field championship titles and 16 outdoor track and field championship titles.


Please complete our online registration form whether paying by credit card or check.

To pay by check, complete the online form and mail in your payment. Please note spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The program may fill before we receive your payment. We suggest registering now with a credit card using our secure server.

If you decide to cancel your registration, a $50 cancellation fee will be withheld from the refund. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.

For program information on Distance Camp, contact the Camp Director by e-mail at curciom@appstate.edu or by phone at 828-262-6559.

For registration information , contact the Office of Conference & Camp Services by e-mail at chambersje@appstate.edu or by phone at 828-262-2933.


According to NCAA rules and regulations all camps and clinics are open to any and all entrants regardless of skill level 
(limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender).





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