Melody Fairchild

Raised in Boulder, CO, Melody became the fastest XC high school girl in the U.S. when she won the Footlocker National Cross Country Championship, setting a course record that still stands.  On the track, Melody was the first American girl to break 10 minutes in the two-mile.  She earned a bronze medal at the World Cross Country Championships in 1991.  

This standard, for personal and physical reasons, proved difficult to maintain.  Melody faced challenges common to many young female athletes in college.  With resilience, she overcame them and went on to win an NCAA title before her graduation from the Univerity of Oregon.  The wisdom she gained from enduring through difficult times, in addition to many lessons about training and keeping the “big picture” in mind, is what she shares with her Campers.

Now, Melody is a top master’s runner and inspiring coach.  Her running experience speaks for itself.  Yet the great care and open heart she brings to camp is why her young athletes are reaching milestones.  Melody knows the proper balance needed for positive youth running.  It is her intention to light a spark in campers, which burns brightly into high school and beyond.

  • Bronze Medalis, World Jr. XC Championships, Antwerp, Belgium 1991
  • NCAA All American Track and XC, UO Ducks, ’92-’96
  • NCAA Champion, 3000m indoors, UO Ducks, ’96
  • Two-time Olympic Trials qualifier, 10k (’96) and Marathon (2000)
  • U.S. World Track and Field Championships Team Member, 1997, 5k
  • U.S. World Mountain Running Championships Gold Medal Team Member, 2012
  • 5-time National Masters Champion:  5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon, XC

Elizabeth Carey

  • Elizabeth Carey is a writer and running coach. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Runner’s World, PodiumRunner, Outside, Trail Runner Magazine, SKI Magazine, and Runnerspace. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and leads writing practices. Her first book, co-authored with Melody Fairchild (Girls Running, VeloPress) is slated for publication in 2020. 

    An endurance coach since 2002, she has experience coaching youth, high school, collegiate, recreational, and master’s athletes—including at Oregon State University, Syracuse University, Franklin High School, Girls On The Run, Steens Mountain Running Camp, and online through Team RunRun

    As a runner herself, she won six high school Portland Interscholastic League titles in cross country and track, set school records in the 1500 meters and 3,000 meters, and led Cleveland High School girls’ cross country team to qualify its first state championship meet. At Columbia University, she was a four-year Division I cross country/track athlete, member of the four-time Ivy League Cross Country Championship team, and voted captain by her teammates. Post-collegiately, she has trained with various competitive clubs and set PRs on the track and roads. She now explores trail and ultra running, with multiple trail 50k finishes.

And other experienced collegians & pro runners to help guide you...

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Melody’s Phone: (303) 818-8063

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Camp Host Cell Phone: (503) 812 – 9190

Camp Office Phone: (503) 815- 3762

Camp Office Fax: (503) 815 – 9326


Passion – Courage – Commitment – Resilience




Week 1, July 5 to July 10

Girls camp, ages 12-18, will be treated to a one-of-a-kind running immersion experience. Each camper discovers her own true north, through guided writing, meditation and breathing exercises. We strengthen our running will and hone our grit muscle with challenging team and individual training runs. We learn how to support the running journey through talks from experts on nutrition and sports psychology. This camp speaks to the wise-woman within, who wants to pause and take notice of the energy around and within her, to inform her next step on the journey.

Week 2 & 3, July 26 to Aug. 1 & Aug. 2 to Aug. 8

Co-ed camps, ages 12-18.  Featuring two weeks of original Ultimook camps.  The Ultimook’s mission is to develop long distance runners in both mind and body.  We offer a REAL cross country experience with a unique mixture of beautiful runs, great training, knowledgeable speakers, and team building challenges called the Sasquatch Games. Each day will bring a different type/variety of training runs, races, and challenges in a variety of terrains—sand, hills, trails, cross country, etc.  with a heavy emphasis on developing character, leadership, and teamwork.


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