Without Limits Youth Cross Country Camp

without limits

Banner Elk, NC



July 15 – 20, 2017
Saturday through Thursday


Lees-McRae College
191 Main Street
Banner Elk, NC  28604



A perfect six day mountain getaway designed to teach the foundations of endurance training and the mental preparation needed for a lifetime of fun in running. Includes round-trip transportation from RALEIGH,CHARLOTTE and WILMINGTON NC.

About the Camp

The Without Limits Youth Cross Country camp is open to anyone wanting to learn how to properly train for a lifetime of solid competitive running.  Our camp is designed to encourage athletes through positive reinforcement, in picturesque settings, with a goal to make life-long runners.

We have two programs that run side by side:

HIGH SCHOOL: Since 2014 our High School Program has had top performers and teams from across the southeast. The camp is oriented for teams and individuals looking to maximize their talents as distance runners, learning from some of the top coaches in our region.

MIDDLE SCHOOL: Our Middle School program has much of the same instruction and goal acquisition, but the training and activities are tailored for our less experienced distance athletes. Eighth graders with distance running experience are frequently moved into, and excel, groupings with older runners.

Who Can Go

The camp is open to any runners entering 5th grade through 12th Grade. Our coaching staff is accustomed to working with kids in this age range through our Without Limits Youth Summer Running Program. The program focuses on the fundamentals of running and training in an environment that promotes goal acquisition through teamwork and engaged preparation. In other words, we make training fun and encourage athletes to push themselves to become better.

Many of our campers will be competitive high school and middle school students, however one doesn’t have to be a varsity superstar. Our coaches will facilitate a variety of workouts for skill levels from kids who are new to running –  to emerging college athletes. We think having the younger runners learn directly from the older runners and coaches reinforces the tenants of our program.

So while you don’t have to be fast, it is a running camp, and campers are expected – before they leave to go to camp – to be able to run 5 miles (or one hour) without stopping.

About the Facility

Our camp is located on the campus of Lees~McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. Base elevation here is 3,720 ft.

Yes, we know: short shorts make you faster. But believe it or not you will need warm clothes in July. Daytime high temperatures up here average in the mid 70s with overnight low temperatures in the lower 50s.

Our athletes stay in college dorms with the close supervision of our awesome staff of coaches and trainers. Food is all you can eat (and boy can they eat) meals prepared by the campus dining hall.

While home base is Lees~McRae, we make daily trips to some of the best running spots in the eastern United States. Waterfalls, trails, and being outside punctuate the mountain running experience. If you like being outside dawn to dusk this is the camp for you.

What the Price Includes

-Six days, and five nights lodging.
-Van transportation to and from camp from Wilmington, NC, Durham, NC or Charlotte, NC
-Nourishing meals, snacks and hydration.
-Camp T-Shirt
-Team hydration bottle
-Training layout, coaching and activities.
-Timed end of camp race – posted on Milesplit (NCRunners).

Campers will need to provide their own spending money for any extras. We will make a mid-week stop at the grocery store for items that may have been forgotten or left behind.

What to Bring

-Sweatshirts and jackets. Evening temps and cool fronts can send temps into the 30’s on occasion. Please bring clothes that will keep you warm on and off the run.
Two Towels 
-Two pair of running shoes (one to get wet)
-More socks than you think you need. We run a whole lot, and get gross often.
-Six sets of running clothes
-Six sets of casual clothes
-Sunglasses, bug spray, sun screen
-Personal items (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant)
-Pencil and paper
-Cash ($50-100)
-Wrist WatchOur runs are based on time! You NEED a watch.
-Small flashlight or headlamp.
-Twin bedding. Athletes need to bring sheets, blanket and a pillow, or if you prefer, a sleeping bag and a pillow.

Other FAQ


In the spirit of inclusion the WithoutLimits Youth Cross Country Camp has a certain amount of money set aside for partial and full scholarships for athletes based on need and merit.  These scholarships are provided by the generous contributions from corporations and private individuals. If you are interested in making a kids summer the best experience ever, or if you’d like to nominate an athlete for a scholarship please click hereScholarship Application

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Take a look at the 2017 schedule. It’s going to be a blast.

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Price is all inclusive, including round trip ground transportation, meals, and daily excursions.

$750 – Until July 1st

$799 – Late Registration (if available)

Discounts are available for siblings, coaches, and chaperones. Please inquire for details.


Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on July 11, 2017

Step One

This link will set you up with our registration and payment system. You may pay with credit card, cash or check.


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Step Two

Sign both of these forms, scan and email to colin@its-go-time.com

Parental Consent Form

Meet our #founders

Colin Hackman

Without Limits Youth Running Director

WECT Meteorologist and Cape Fear Academy Head Cross Country Coach. Colin has been in and around youth running in eastern North Carolina since 1993. He serves as the Director of the WithoutLimits Youth Running Program.

Aaron Kolk

Without Limits Youth Head Coach

Aaron serves as the Coastal Christian High School Head Track and Cross Country coach. He was a NCAA DI runner at UNCW and Liberty University. His high school teams are consistently rated among the top of class in North Carolina. His personal best in the 5K is 14:58.

Tom Clifford

Founder, Without Limits Training and Apparel

Always interested in teaching people how to be fit and work hard, Tom started as a personal trainer in a small, local gym. He’s always given 110% (and then some), and credits his work ethic and outlook to his family—mom, dad, brother and sister—who all taught him that to achieve your goals, you’ve got to give it everything you have. As a competitive athlete in college and beyond, he knew how important group training was for motivation. Tom ran for Eastern Michigan University with PRs of 14:39 (5k) and 2:29:32 (26.2)

Get in shape for Camp with Wilmington area runners (Free)

Starting June 1 we will be meeting daily in the Wilmington, NC area. Three runs a week, Monday-Wednesday-Friday are open to the public and are FREE. Parents, siblings, kids checking it out are all welcome. Tuesday and Thursday night Coach Hackman coaches, and encourages participation, in a private group called Without Limits. There is a fee for the Tuesday and Thursday workouts (see link).  If you aren’t in the Wilmington area this is still a great template for weekly runs to get you in shape for camp.

The schedule for summer from June 1 to July 15 – (when we leave for camp) is as follows:

Monday – 7:45 AM – Long Run – Greenfield Lake Park – Meet near paddle-boats

Tuesday – 6:30 PM – Workout – Without Limits – UNCW

Wednesday – 7:45 AM – Easy Run – UNCW Track

Thursday – 6:30 PM Workout – Without Limits – UNCW

Friday – 7:45 AM – Hills – Cowan Street (Downtown Wilmington)


Waiver: The Registration Agreement & Liability Waiver is linked to the Online Registration. This must be selected and approved during registration.

Weather: This trip is rain or shine. Activities will be postponed, rescheduled or cancelled if a severe weather warning is in effect.

There are no refunds.
Entries are not transferable to other events by Go Time. We must stick to this policy as items have been purchased based on current registrations.


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