44th Parallel Running Camps

Ray and Jennifer Antel

Coach Ray Antel is the head boys cross country coach and head girls track and field coach at Wayland Union High School. Coach Jennifer Antel is the head boys cross country coach and head girls track and field coach at Wayland Union Middle School.

We first brought a team to Leelanau Schools for cross country camp in 1992 and fell in love.  For many years we have hosted cross country athletes from all across Michigan to give them an exclusive experience at 44th Parallel Camps.  

44th Parallel Running Camps was first founded in 2004 to give high school cross country athletes a place to train for the upcoming cross country season with unparalleled, challenging runs while bringing the team together to experience the "Most Beautiful Place in America."  

Starting in 2008 we added Adult Camps to the mix! We now offer challenging runs, relaxing kayaking on the Crystal River as well as WINE tours and private tastings to those campers over the age of 21! 

In 2009 we also added a Middle School cross country camp. This camp allows younger student athletes to get excited about their cross country season. 

High atop Sleeping Bear Dunes.