Smokey Mountain Distance Camp

Smokey Mountain Distance Camp




“The Smokey Mountain Distance Camp gives aspiring middle school and high school distance runners an opportunity to learn from the best while running in a team atmosphere”




Camp Dates: July 2017

High School – July 25-27

Middle School – August 1-3





Knoxville Youth Athletics Smokey Mountain Distance Camp gives aspiring distance runners an opportunity to learn from the best while running in a team atmosphere.  Practice / instructional sessions will emphasize running mechanics, drills and stretching techniques to help improve running efficiency.

Our program staff has worked with athletes who have:

Won 25 Individual State HS Cross Country Championships
Won 4 Individual State MS Cross Country Championships
Won 2 Individual State ES Cross Country Championships
Qualified 9 to the Footlocker National Cross Country Championships
Garnered 5 Footlocker All-American Certificates
Garnered over 375 Footlocker All-South Certificates
Have qualified for Nike Team Nationals


Camp Staff

George Watts

  • Four-time coach of the year, including Mideast Region Male Assistant Track & Field Coach of the Year (Distances) in 2006.
  • His list of cross country coaching honors includes 2002 South Region Coach of the Year, 2001 South Region Co-Coach of the Year and 1995 District III Coach of the Year.
  • Tutored athletes who won 21 SEC titles and earned 33 All-America citations on the oval.
  • Has helped produce three NCAA team titles while at UT.
  • Coached 26 All-SEC or three All-America cross country runners at Rocky Top
  • Coach of four US Mid and Distance Olympians

Kate Shult, MS

  • Owner of Training Edge Fitness and Yoga, a personal training and yoga studio in Oak Ridge TN.
  •  Has worked with athletes for over 25 years providing sports specific training and nutritional consultations.
  • Consulted with the Oak Ridge High School Cross Country and Track teams for 8 years, and has provided nutrition and yoga/core training to Oak Ridge High School Cross-Country and several other area high school and competitive teams.
  • Kate developed Yoga for Runners, a yoga routine specifically for runners and teaches it to groups and individuals throughout the area.
  • Kate has her Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from The University of Tennessee, and studied Sports Nutrition at Fresno State, CA.
  • Certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness Specialist and through YogaFit as a yoga instructor.

Matt Sonnenfeldt

  • 2008 Tennessee State cross country champion (runner up 06,07) – West HS
  • 2008 Footlocker Cross Country National Finalist (second at Footlocker South 08 – 14:50)
  • Freshman All-SEC Cross Country 09 – Kentucky
  • NCAA All-Region Cross Country 11 – NC State

Jonanna Thompson

  • 2010 Tennessee State cross country champion – Catholic HS
  • 2010 Footlocker Cross Country National Finalist
  • 2010 Footlocker Cross Country All-American
  • 2011 All-ACC Cross Country – NC State
  • 2011 NCAA All-Region – NC State

Our Footlocker National Finalists that have run or are running in college

tcoseyusa     cbairdhscc    mattsncstatecc    cmckelveyduke    joannatncstatecc
Tony Cosey               Christy Baird             Matthew Sonnenfeldt     Clint McKelvey           Joanna Thompson
Tennessee                 Tennessee                NC State                       Duke                        NC State
TN HS CC Champ       TN HS CC Champ     TN HS CC Champ          Footlocker 08             TN HS CC Champ
Footlocker 91             Footlocker 97            Footlocker 08                11 US NACAC Team   Footlocker 10
US World CC Team                                    NCAA All-Region                                           NCAA All-Region
2000 US Olympian


$350.00 per Camper


Fee includes:

> Food
> Lodging
> Instruction

> Special Campers Shirt and Goody Bag

Important Information to Download (PDF)

Camp Policies

Camp Registration / Check In Procedures

 Daily Itinerary

Check List of Items to Bring

How to Register
Online Registration Only at the link below.  Registration payments accepted – (Visa – Mastercard – Debit Card)


Camp Director
Marty Sonnenfeldt

For further information: Call 865-304-8381

Skip to toolbar