Thursday, February 25, 2010

Trail Running & Wellness Retreat for Women

Update March 2011: For information about the 2011 Trail Running and Wellness Retreat, please visit our new website:


July 30-August 1, 2010
Vagabond Ranch
Granby, Colorado

Treat yourself to an inspiring weekend of trails, mud and fun at this unique running camp designed just for gals! Join Trail Runner magazine's managing editor, Elinor Fish, for an educational and fitness-oriented training camp for active women interested in learning the basics of trail running.

All you need is basic running fitness, such as being able to run five miles at 10-minute-per mile pace on the road. No other special skills are required. If you don’t run regularly but are otherwise generally fit, then this camp is also for you. During the retreat, you will gain the knowledge, technique, confidence and fitness to enjoy the of adventure and invigorating nature of trail running. 

Participants will be divided into two pace groups so there’s no pressure to match someone else’s pace. Each day includes shorter and longer run options, ranging from 4 to 12 miles.

There are also yoga classes designed specifically for runners, theory sessions about training, sports nutrition, gear and injury prevention, plus free time for hiking, canoeing, volleyball, fishing, swimming in the solar-heated pool and soaking in the hot tub.

Evenings we will have camp fires and on Saturday evening a special guest speaker (to be announced shortly).

RETREAT ITINERARY (subject to change)

Friday, July 30

4 pm Arrival and check-in at Vagabond Ranch, Granby, Colorado
4:30 pm Orientation with your host, Elinor Fish and introductory easy trail run
7 pm Welcome reception and dinner. Presentation: goal setting, what is trail running; safety, training

Saturday, July 31

7 – 8 am Healthy breakfast, coffee, tea
8 - 9 am Rejuvenating and lengthening yoga for runners
9:00 am Depart for morning trail run (focus on trail-running form and technique)
12 – 1 pm Lunch
1 - 4 pm Free time for hiking, canoeing, volleyball, fishing, swimming, or relaxation massage (book in advance).
4 – 5:30 pm Theory session: sports nutrition
7 pm Dinner followed by presentation by a special guest speaker

Sunday, August 1

7 – 8 am Healthy breakfast, coffee, tea
8 – 9 am Rejuvenating and lengthening yoga for runners
9:00 am Depart for morning trail run (focus on pacing, building endurance)
12 - 1 pm Lunch
1-2 pm Theory session: training programs, injury prevention
Afternoon Departures

All-inclusive package: $675 (shared room), $725 (single room)
(space limited to 20 participants)

Package includes:

  • Two nights’ accommodation at Vagabond Ranch
  • Healthy, wholesome from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch
  • Strengthening and lengthening yoga classes designed specifically for runners
  • Trail runs with experienced and knowledgeable trail runners
  • Individual assessment of running form, tips for trail-running technique
  • Classes on training, sports nutrition, goal setting, trail-running gear and injury prevention
  • Goodie bag
  • Complimentary issue of Trail Runner magazine

    Click here to download the registration form.

    To receive an information package or ask questions, contact Elinor at:


tite on February 25, 2010 said...

CIAO! I am anUTMB finisher last year and this year a sub-3:29 marathon...this year will be more demanding: Lavaredo Ultra Trail in June (100km) and again UTMB (100km)+ Boston Marathon in April. All this thanks to YOGA. I am a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and teach YOGFORRUNNERS to runners of all sort, with an amazing response here in Italy. But I am also fluent in English (lived and studied in LA)AND know Colorado: I trained ice-skating there when a kid. So if you think I might be of help..let's down and talk! Twitter: titeyogarunner

Lici on April 23, 2010 said...

Heya, neat idea. 2 questions. This sounds like it's meant for beginners -- are there benefits for runners who are a touch more seasoned and faster? And how hot would you expect it to get during the time of the runs? (Since I have MS, I have to avoid too-hot temps ... but this sounds like a great weekend.)

Elinor Fish on April 26, 2010 said...

Hi Lici, There certainly are benefits for more seasoned runners, as you have the option of running longer or faster than the rest of the group.

And the training principles we'll be discussing can be applied to more advanced training programs. I'd love to find out more about your goals so that we can be sure to address them specifically during the camp. Please feel free to contact me at

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