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Utah Utes Cross Country Camp

Registration Open Until 07/14/2019
Event Starts 07/15/2019
Hours Multi-Day
Event Ends 07/18/2019
Age Range High School
Registration Fee for Commuter TBD
Registration Fee for Overnight TBD
Summary of Camp

Day 1

  • 1:30-2pm   Camp check in at Heritage Center

  • 2:30pm    Camp Introductions

  • 2:45pm    Short Workout

  • 4:00pm    Getting to Know Each Other (Part 1)

  • 4:30pm   Camp Day ends (Day Campers Dismissed)

  • 5:30-7:00pm     Dinner for Overnight Campers

  • 7:30pm    Evening Activity


Days 2 and 3

  • 6:30-7:30am    Breakfast for Overnight Campers

  • 8:30am    Camp Begins, Transport to local park/trails

  • 9:30am    Workout

  • 10:35am    Short Presentation

  • 11:00am    Lunch and Rest

  • 12:30pm    Get to Know Each Other (Part 2), Short Presentation, and Individual Improvement Sessions

  • 2:00pm    Workout

  • 3:45pm    Return to Campus

  • 4:30pm   Camp ends (Day Campers Dismissed)


Day 4

  • 6:30-7:30am Breakfast for Overnight Campers

      1. 8:00am    Residents Check out of dorms (we will store your belongings in a locked closet)

  • 8:30am   Camp Begins

  • 9:00am    Workout on campus trails

  • 10:35am    Short Presentation

    1. 11:15am    Camp Ends (Showers available to resident campers per request)


Times are subject to change.

Note To Day Campers: Our daily beginning and ending meeting point will be near the Heritage Center main entrance. Parking passes for a nearby lot will be provided for those who need them. We will begin at 8:30am and end at 4:30pm unless otherwise noted.




The University is located 25 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport. There are several inexpensive options available including light rail and taxi.

Coach Contact

Camp Rules & Regulations


Participants attending the Utah Utes Camps are expected to abide by the Camp Rules and Regulations. Any participant who violates the Camp Rules and Regulations will be subject to immediate dismissal. Parents will be notified and are responsible to make all travel arrangements for an immediate return home at their expense. No refunds or credit of fees from the Camp will be given under these circumstances.


The use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco by campers is prohibited. Consumption of prohibited substances is reason for immediate expulsion from camp without a refund.


The campers are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times.


Under no circumstances are campers permitted in a room occupied by the opposite sex.


A curfew procedure will be explained to the campers at an orientation meeting on the first day of camp. It will be enforced without exception. After evening activities campers must be in Heritage Commons unless supervised activities or specific permission from a staff member allows them to be elsewhere. Campers must be in their room promptly at 9:30 PM, with room checks at 9:45 PM. Lights out at 10:00 PM. A camper's absence from her room at bed check or the dorm without supervision of a staff member will be considered serious misconduct and the camper will be subject to disciplinary action including dismissal from camp.


As a courtesy to fellow campers and to other residents of Heritage Commons, loud and boisterous activity must be minimized. Quiet hour will be established and enforced. All other areas except for common areas are off limits to non-camp residents.


Campers must keep their rooms clean and in good order. Campers and their parents will be held responsible for any damage to rooms and furnishings, and payment for such damage will be billed to the parents.


Overnight campers may not have access to automobiles while they are at the camp, nor may they ride in any vehicle without permission from a staff member. Campers will be required to turn in their keys at registration.


Campers are expected to dress appropriately. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times in all university facilities.


Campers are expected to show courtesy toward fellow campers, the Utah Cross Country staff, as well as the staff at Heritage Commons.


Campers must attend all meals provided by their camp designation (Overnight or Day)


Campers should ALWAYS BE ON TIME to each activity.


Campers are not allowed to go into any of the other dorms on campus.


All campers must check in/out from camp with appropriate camp staff any time they depart/return (Day campers must provide a list of approved pick up personnel PRIOR at check in).  


Cancellations & Refunds

Only a participant and their parents or legal guardian have authority to request a refund. NCAA rules require the Utah Utes Soccer Camps to have a written refund policy. There are no exceptions to this policy. For purposes of this policy, 'Camp' is defined as one, three- or four-day residential, commuter or day Camp. Each Camp is deemed to have begun on the first scheduled day of said Camp as published on the web sites or in the brochure. 



Refund Policy

A nonrefundable handling fee of $50 will be assessed on all cancellations regardless of when cancellation occurs.  

The University of Utah Cross Country Camp cannot be held responsible for any change or cancellation charges required by airlines, travel agencies, or other institutions. No refunds will be given after the camp sign up deadline UNLESS the requested written documentation is provided proving the reason falls under either the injury/illness or death in the family exceptions. No exceptions apply after midnight on the second day of camp

Injury/Illness Exception

If a camper is injured or becomes seriously ill BEFORE the Camp begins and is not able to participate in the Camp, they may receive a refund less the designated handling fee under the following conditions:

The camper submits a signed written request by email/mail requesting a refund. The camper presents written documentation from a qualified physician that they cannot participate in the Camp due to the injury or serious illness. Both the written request and written documentation of injury/illness are received before the Camp begins.

Once camp begins, NO refunds will be given for any reason.  

Death in the Family Exception

In the unfortunate event that a camper experiences a death in their immediate family while attending Camp they may receive a percentage based refund of the tuition paid less $100/Commuter and $180/Residential if they submit a signed written refund request by mail stating that there has been a death in the immediate family that is received or postmarked no later than 10 days following the last day of the Camp. 

No refunds will be given after midnight on the second day of a Camp.

Coach Bios


Kyle Kepler is in his 21st year of coaching at the Division I level, including the past 14 years as the head coach of the Utah women's cross country and track & field programs. 


In cross country, the Utes qualified for the NCAA Championships as a team for the first time in their history in 2015 and repeated the feat in 2016. The Utes finished 20th as a team in 2016, improving six spots from 2015's finish. Utah has been ranked as high as 17th over the past three seasons, the highest ranking in school history. The Utes finished third in the region in 2015, their highest regional finish under Kepler.  Kepler has had athletes qualify individually for the NCAA cross country championship six times. Grayson Murphy’s eighth-place finish at the 2017 championships is the best finish for a Utah runner. Mergaert was a three-time cross country NCAA qualifier, including an All American 14th place finish as a senior. The Utes have had 11 runners combine for 18 all-region honors while four runners have earned six All-Pac-12 accolades. 


Kepler's influence on his student-athletes is also visible in the classroom. His cross country teams have earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors 13 years while his track teams have earned honors eight times. His athletes have combined for 52 individual honors from the USTFCCCA between track and cross country.  This past fall, Kepler’s cross country team achieved a top 10 overall GPA (3.68) among all Division I cross country programs. 


Kepler is in his 21th year coaching at the NCAA Division I level. Prior to coming to Utah, Kepler served as Northern Iowa's head men's and women's cross country coach and assistant track and field coach for two seasons. He was on staff at UNI for a total of seven years, serving as an assistant cross country coach for five years prior to being named head coach in 2003. Kepler was named the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2003 after leading the Panthers to a MVC title. The Panthers won 12 MVC titles among cross country and indoor and outdoor track during his tenure with the Panthers. He coached nine All-Americans at UNI, and 15 athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships between track and cross country.


Kepler holds both master's and bachelor's degrees from Northern Iowa. He earned his master's degree in physical education in 2004 and graduated with a bachelor's in secondary education (geography) in 1998.



Mackenzie Wartenberger is in her fourth season as an assistant track and cross country coach.


Wartenberger has helped Utah make team appearances at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2015 and 2016, Utah's first team appearances in school history. The Utes finished 20th at NCAA's in 2016, improving six spots from 2015's finish. In 2017, Grayson Murphy finished eighth at NCAA’s, the best-ever finish by a Utah runner. Utah has had five athletes earn eight all-region honors over the last three seasons, with Murphy earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2017. The Utes have been ranked as high as 17th over the past three seasons, their highest ranking in school history.


Wartenberger comes to Utah from Radford University, where she spent two seasons as the head cross country coach and track assistant distance coach. In 2014 the women's cross country team finished third in the Big South Conference, their best finish since 1990, and had two all-conference performers. The men finished fourth for their best finish since 2007. In track, she helped Radford win six conference titles in women's distance races.


Wartenberger spent four seasons at UNC Charlotte (2009-13) as an assistant distance coach. Between the men's and women's distance squads, she coached three NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifiers, nine NCAA regional qualifiers, three USATF Championships qualifiers, and two Atlantic 10 Conference champions. Charlotte won 12 team conference titles in indoor and outdoor track.


Wartenberger (formerly Pierce) competed in track and cross country at California from 2005-09. She was the 2009 MPSF Champion in the 800. Wartenberger was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that that finished 18th at the 2007 NCAA Championships, and is part of the group that holds the school record in the event. In 2007 she advanced to the semifinals in the 800 at the USA Championships and was a two-time regional qualifier in the event. Wartenberger's career-best 800 time of 2:04.78 currently ranks sixth all-time at Cal.


Michael Tamayo is in his first year on the Utah staff as the Director of Operations.  

Tamayo joins the University of Utah from Charlotte, North Carolina, where he competed at UNC Charlotte (2011-2016) as a member of the Track and Field program. Post collegiately, Tamayo was a volunteer coach at UNC Charlotte, as well as co-managing the top local running specialty store in the city. 

Competing at UNC Charlotte, Tamayo was the school-record holder in the 600, the 1000, the 800, and the 1500, 2 of which still stand today. In 2017, Tamayo competed in the 1000-meter semifinals of the USA Championships, after finishing his collegiate career at the first round of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800 meters. Tamayo’s career-best 800 time of 1:48.94 still stands as UNC-Charlotte’s #1 800 mark in school history. 



Michael is 1 of 3 children belonging to David and Sheliah Tamayo, who currently reside in central North Carolina. His sister, Claire, is a proud middle-school social studies teacher, and his brother, David, currently attends UNC-Charlotte seeking his bachelor's degree. 



The University of Utah Cross Country Camp is designed to give high school cross country and track athletes the opportunity to train on the trails of Salt Lake City, providing the pivotal first step in achieving the vital base stage of training. High School Student athletes will also get insight on the life of a Student-Athlete here at the University. 
The University of Utah Cross Country Camp includes educational sessions provided by highly accomplished NCAA coaches, all geared toward reaching your maximum potential. These sessions include group runs, workouts, as well as open Q&A sittings. During Q&A sittings, high-school student athletes will receive not only insight from coaches, but from the Runnin' Utes themselves. U of U coaching staff and athletes analyze and offer insight to runner's biomechanics, offering advice on maximizing each runners 'run-signature,' as well as gear recommendations to assist. 
Above all else, the program is an opportunity to learn what it really is to be a team. How to pull each other through difficult sessions, and be leaders among leaders. It is an opportunity to learn about good sportsmanship, and instill it in those around you. We encourage that you take this opportunity to learn valuable life-lessons as you grow in your career as a student athlete.
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