Go Back to Summer Camp, You Trail Runner!

Summer’s coming and we may soon find ourselves reminiscing of days spent at summer camp during our youth. No need to be nostalgic, get out there and attend a trail running camp for adults. They’re a ton of fun, a great place to meet new trail friends, and chances are you’ll learn something, too. You might think that you are limited to one or two options as word of camps doesn’t travel far or fast, but we’ve compiled a list of 19 trail running or ultrarunning specific camps being help in the next year. Take a look at that trail running and ultrarunning camp list.

Elinor FishWe’ll admit to being inspired to update our trail running camp list upon hearing about Elinor Fish’s new Trail Running and Wellness Retreat for Women. After all, it’s not every day that a Trail Running Magazine editor puts on running camp. Elinor’s camp will run (pardon the pun) from July 30 to August 1 and will be based on the Vagabond Ranch in Granby, Colorado.

Duncan CallahanOnce we started looking around, we noticed that a bunch of other intriguing camps had popped up this year. For instance, there’s the Gunnison UltraRunning Experience from July 28 through August 1 in Gunnison, Colorado. The UltraRunning Experience will be hosted by Scott Drum along with Duncan and Annie Callahan. We don’t know Scott, but Duncan and Annie a first rate people. As for Duncan (right), well, he’s also a good enough ultrarunner to have won the Leadville 100 in 2008. This liberal arts-style camp will feature trail running, sports testing, sports psychology, cooking classes, massages, recovery techniques, training plan development, and much more.

Dreamchasers logoOf course, we can’t talk trail running camps without mentioning the Dreamchaser Camps hosted by Jay Batchen and Lisa Smith-Batchen. Having seen a Dreamchaser camp firsthand last year, they are fun and informative for both beginners and seasoned trail runners. This year the Dreamchasers trail running camp will feature Karl Meltzer as the guest coach and will be held from October 5-10 on the Idaho side of the Teton Mountains.

Are any of you thinking about attending a trail running or ultrarunning camp this year? Enjoyed one in the past? Let us know!

There are 3 comments

  1. Brad K

    I'll be heading to Leadville in about 2 weeks for the Leadville Training Camp. I'm running LT100 this year (for the first time) and the training camp seemed like a great opportunity to get a feel for key sections of the course, and to get a feel for the alititude (I live at about 150 feet, LOL ) … it's going to be a lot of "fun"

    I'm also looking forward to meeting up with some fellow crazies, new and old!

  2. Fitz

    I think adult outdoor vacations/camps are making a resurgence. Le Corre's MovNat workshops are doing well and a lot of people are doing barefoot running classes too.

    The appeal of running camp is that for a lot of us, we did it as kids so it's a treat to relive a childhood experience. I may look into one!

    Cheers, – Fitz.

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