"Hard Work Changes Things..."

                                                ...Coach Joe Bill Dixon

Wilderness Running Camps are packed with activities to help you be a better runner and person.  Of course each day has at least one to two training runs.  Generally the morning workout is the longest for the day and the evening run is shorter.  Running time is usually followed by stretching or running form drills.  During the day you will get the chance to spend time in the water to cool down and have some fun.  There are daily tube or canoe floats down the North Fork of the White River as well as open swim times.


There are classroom sessions designed to help build your knowledge of training and racing.  In the evening there is usually a keynote speaker.


Wilderness Running Camps encourage teamwork  and competitive spirit through our week long competitions.  You will be partnered with other campers from your general geographic area for this challenge.  These games are usually intense and are centered around running and/or teamwork.  You will never be the best you can be until you learn to work with a team.




Camp check-in is on Sunday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and pick up is before 10:00 a.m. on Thursday for all camps.


& Classes


Daily Schedule


What to Bring


Wilderness Running Camp is packed with daily inspirational speeches given by some of the best coaches across the state of Missouri and the midwest.   The wealth of knowledge that is available is amazing.  All that is up to you is to engage your mind and put it in your heart.


Classroom Sessions

During the day you will have to opportunity to be involved in smaller group classroom sessions.  These sessions get a little more technical and are in smaller groups so you get even deeper into the information.


In addition to these sessions there are many times during the day when coaches are available for questions and answers.


If you leave without learning something about running, then you will have definitely let yourself down.



A big emphasis of Wilderness Running camp is the encouragement of a competitive spirit.  We believe that we are never our best if we are not competitive.


Competitive drive begins within ourselves and extends to the field of competition against other athletes.  With that in mind there is a system of competition in place during the week of camp.


Campers are placed on "teams" of runners that have similar geographic locations.  These teams engage in games that are challenging and fun during designated times during the week.  The games are team oriented and running based, but they are not actual running races.  The competitions change every year.  At the end of camp a fun prize is awarded to teams that perform the best.

Daily Schedule

(Subject to change as needed)


Wake Up:

5:30am - Boys Wake-Up

6:00am Girls Wake-Up

Morning Run 6:00-8:00am

Boys start at 6:00

Girls start at 6:30

Breakfast ~ 9:00am

Clean-Up ~ 9:30-10:30am

Classroom Instruction ~ 11:00-12:30

Lunch ~ 1:00pm

Outdoor Activity ~ 2:00-5:00pm

Evening Workout ~ 5:00-6:30pm

Dinner ~ 7:00pm

Evening Speakers ~ 8:30pm

Review Days Activities ~10:00pm

Bed Time  ~10:30pm

Wilderness Running Campers will have a memorable experience including:



Tent Camping

Classroom Sessions conducted by some of the best high school and college coaches that share running tips and mental strategies

Team competitions that challenge and develop a competitive mind (prizes awarded)

Extreme relay races

Daily Tube Float Trips

All Day Canoe Trip

Talent Show (prizes awarded)

Dawt Mill Challenge


Washers, Basketball, Golf shoes, Volleyball, Ping Pong, Axe Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee

Movies, Board Games, And MUCH MORE!

What to bring to camp??


•Two Pair Running Shoes or more

•Sleeping Bag






•Normal Day Wear

•Swimming Attire

•Bug Spray

•Toiletries-everything needed

•Spending Money



•Poncho or Raincoat

•Plastic bags or containers to keep

personal items dry in the tent area

  • River Shoes
  • Clothes line
  • Snacks




What To Expect At Camp

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