Running Camps for Adults
By Taylor Smith
Camps are not just for kids. For runners, a host of options are available across the country. Here are a few to check out…
Craftsbury Running Camps, Vermont
Based out of a cross-country ski center where Olympians train, Craftsbury Running Camps offers one workout few other camps do: biathlon practice. Daily running workouts are complemented by guided strength training, swimming, and mountain biking.
Did all that running work up an appetite? The campus dining hall is committed to making sure 50 percent of its ingredients are local.
The Cool Impossible, Wyoming
Thanks to the camp’s partnership with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, ski lifts drop campers right in the heart of alpine terrain that would normally take hours to access. This is one of three, three-day camps running coach Eric Orton operates each summer. Sessions typically consist of 10-12 people.
Active at Altitude, Colorado
Founder Terry Chiplin moved from England to Colorado to start a world-class running camp for adults in the Rocky Mountains. In terms of high-elevation running, the location can’t be beat (some runs take place as high as 12,000 feet). Within a short time span, campers can experience some of the physiological benefits of high-altitude training.
ZAP Fitness Foundation, North Carolina
Founded in 2001, ZAP Fitness Foundation is a nonprofit training center for post-collegiate distance runners of all ages and fitness levels. The goal of the adult running vacations is to provide campers with an intimate, informative, relaxing and challenging running experience in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Return campers say that the friendships formed over the course of five to seven days will last a lifetime.