Brendan Curtin May 27, 2014 TWEET COMMENTS 3

5 Must-Do Trail-Running Camps - Page 5

5. Mountain Trails XC Camp


Runners of all ages hit the trails of Tennessee. Photo by Joe Dombrowski.

Adult and youth trail-running camps are being offered at Sewanee: The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee for runners 13 years of age and older. With access to over 50 miles of on-site trails (everything from singletrack to fire roads), the Mountain Trails XC Camp immerses participants in the natural landscape of the Cumberland Plateau.

Each day there is a longer morning run and a shorter afternoon workout (including fartleks and hill runs), morning and afternoon lectures, and afternoon and evening activities (such as movies, indoor rock climbing, ultimate Frisbee and soccer). “We offer at least two runs every training session to cater to campers of different abilities and fitness levels,” says Michele Dombrowski, Co-Camp Director. The daily discussions will also be geared separately to adult and youth runners.

“I think there are two things in particular I want campers to leave Mountain Trails with,” says Michele. “First is an appreciation for just how fun and rewarding trail running can be. Secondly, I want them to leave knowing the camaraderie of other runners [and] trail runners like them.”

The seven-day, six-night camp costs $575 for adults and $500 for youth, though alternative prices are available for couples and teams and a four-day short session. Runners will train under the tutelage of Coach Joseph Dombrowski—a collegiate cross-country coach for nearly 20 years—and his staff, and have access to many Sewanee resources (including the dining hall, tennis courts, gym and air-conditioned dormitories).

Since its maiden year in 2011, the camp has grown from seven participants to 65.


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