Since 1975, our running camps have been contributing to the development of countless young runners by teaching them what it takes to become the complete runner - physically, mentally and spiritually.  

 

Our Mission

Launched in 1975 by three-time Olympian and five-time World Record holder, Jim Ryun, the Jim Ryun Running Camps are more than just running camps. They teach a way of life, from training young runners in how to achieve their full potential in running to creating good habits for living.  A pattern of goal setting is taught to help them exceed even what they thought they could achieve - on and off the track. 

Campers in Santa Barbara, CA, 1975

Campers in Santa Barbara, CA, 1975

Producing dozens of Division I, II and III All Americans, state high school champions and even Olympians and World Championship team members, the Jim Ryun Running Camp is unique amongst its peers in that it does not focus solely on training the young runner physically, but also mentally and spiritually. Over the years, the Jim Ryun Running Camp has become the premier high school running and cross country camp, counting among it's alums Ryan and Sara Hall, Josh and Jordan McDougal, Jenny Simpson and others.

testimonials

During the summer between my sophomore and junior year in high school I attended Jim Ryun’s running camp and had one of the most transformational weeks of my life. That week still impacts my outlook on sport, faith and life. With a smile on my face I still reflect on that week often. What was so impactful about that week was learning about what made my childhood hero, Jim Ryun, tick. I grew up wanting to follow in Jim’s footsteps so when I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with Jim Ryun and his amazing family at camp that week, I learned how life is not only about running fast but about having a deep faith, loving God, loving others and maximizing the talents God has given us. After that week at camp, the following year I improved my PR in the mile from 4:22 to 4:05 but more importantly I became a better person. Like so many other campers over the years, I am forever grateful to the Ryuns for their influence in my life and for the impact that one summer week made on me.
— Ryan Hall, NCAA Division 1 Champion at 5,000 meters 2 time Olympian in the marathon American Record holder in the half marathon Fastest non-African marathoner in the world (2:04:58)
The Jim Ryun Running Camps are the perfect developmental environment where one can grow into their own potential by applying the Ryun creed of developing the complete runner physically, mentally and spiritually. I have loved being a part of camp as a camper, counselor and now camp coach for the past 14 years. The Ryun family embodies the principles of servant leadership, discipline, love and direction for those involved and affected by these camps.
— Aaron Yoder, Former Camper, Head Track Coach, Bethany College
Just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for all that you and your whole family do!!! You are such a blessing to my children and ALL the children who go to running camp. Your enthusiasm and love of God shine right through to all you meet.  Thank you for loving our children and treating them like your own. Both of our children had a wonderful week!!!! It is their favorite thing to do all summer!!! We can’t thank you enough!!!
— Mother of multiple Campers over multiple years
The Jim Ryun Running Camp was a major part of my development as a young Christian and an athlete, and continues to be in my adult life. Every camper is welcomed into the running camp family. As a camper, and later as a member of camp staff, I’ve experienced first hand the profound and
lasting affect this camp has on everyone involved. I cannot be more grateful for the impact this camp and the Ryun family has had, and continues to have, on my life.
— David Adams, NCAA Division I All-American at 5,000 meters, Sub-4 minute miler, 2012 Olympic Trials finalist in the steeplechase, Engineer at Dell Computers