Just like summer camp, these types of running camps provide a social atmosphere, can be as short as 3 days or as long as 7 days, are usually at a unique destination, and are all-inclusive. Lots of non-running activities are incorporated, guest speakers, nap time, and other luxuries. Geared more towards the beginner runner who is looking for a fitness vacation with a community of like-minded individuals, they are popular for “Girls Trips”, and of course always include s’mores by the fire at night.
Camp Runabout is a 3-night Adult Running Camp held in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Every morning starts with a group run and the day is filled with activities such as ziplining, yoga, arts and crafts, paddle boarding and so much more. Participants are put in cabins with bunkmates at a venue that is reserved just for them. What makes this camp unique are the guest speakers, such as Bart Yasso (retired Runner’s World CRO), open bar happy hours, and themed nighttime entertainment.
Skilled Running Camps
For the more serious trail runner or ultra runner, a guided camp on technical trails and elevation would be better suited. Running camps of this sort usually include longer and more functional runs, nutrition workshops, race strategies and include bigger names in the ultra community. Some camps, that are on more remote trails in the wilderness, may even include activities such as navigation skills, trail maintenance, and map reading.
Former Professional ultra runner Rob Karr hosts a handful of ultra running camps in the Flagstaff, Arizona area that typically run 4-5 nights, with the last night being a dinner in his private home. His camps are small in size (no more than 11 runners), consist of a variety of runs at different altitudes, distances, and difficulty, and cover nutrition, stretching, and performance techniques in multiple workshops.
If being in the mountains is more your thing, the Max King Trail Running Camp is located at Mt Shasta. A more rugged area, this camp may be lower on the mileage side but does not lack on the education level. Unique activities at this camp introduce trail maintenance and trail etiquette, map reading and compass use, basic wilderness preparation, and navigation skills.