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Brendan Curtin Tuesday, 27 May 2014 08:25 TWEET COMMENTS 2

5 Must-Do Trail-Running Camps

Summer in paradise? Check out these camps for trail runners—and enter to win a spot in this year's Run Your Way to Optimal Health Retreat in Carbondale, Colorado

You’re never too old for summer camp. That’s why we dug up five trail-running camps across North America that each do things a little bit differently. From a holistic retreat in the Rockies to a cabin on the 58th parallel, these are the camps we’d like our parents to send us to.

You can also be entered to win a spot in one of the camps, Run Your Way to Optimal Health Retreat, by visiting our contest page here. Contest deadline is June 8, 2014.

 

1. Run Your Way to Optimal Health Trail-Running Retreat

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Run Your Way to Optimal Health Retreat campers enjoy great food and company. Photo by Lisa Seaman.

Elinor Fish, runner for over 25 years, writer and entrepreneur, takes a multidimensional approach to running and emphasizes a balanced lifestyle to reduce stress and increase energy and enjoyment. The $697, four-day Run Your Way to Optimal Health Retreat engages individuals in yoga lessons, lectures, cooking demos and guided group runs of four to 12 miles in Carbondale, Colorado—home of Trail Runner Magazine!

“Carbondale makes a great hub because of the easy access we have to trails around town and nearby Snowmass and Aspen, where the trails are world-class and offer spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains,” says Fish. The retreat also incorporates a local yoga studio which concentrates on hip and joint mobility, stretching and lengthening and core strengthening. Though in the past Fish's retreats have been limited to women, the 2014 session will be co-ed.

“Days were filled with relaxed trail runs where we stopped often to practice tips and techniques,” wrote Jenn Hughes, a 2012 camp participant, on her blog. “The retreat is geared for the beginner to intermediate level runner, but Elinor does an incredible job of relating to [everyone] regardless of where [they are] at with [their] running.”

Fish performs a gait analysis of each of her campers and offers instruction on nutrition, recovery and key trail-running techniques such as running uphill, downhill and on uneven terrain. There is plenty of free time built into the schedule to allow everyone to relax and chat.

Want to win a spot in the 2014 Run Your Way to Optimal Health Retreat? Click here to learn how. (Page will open in a new window.)

Or, read on for 4 more trail-running camps to check out this year ...



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