Trail running retreats are popping up everywhere these days, and it’s no surprise. They are opportunities to connect with like-minded humans, learn new skills, run fun trails, and eat delicious food. Canada is catching on to this trend, and we recommend these trail running retreats this spring, summer, and fall:  
 

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Rocky Mountain Running Retreat

When: May 2-5, 2019
Where: Canmore, Alta.
Who: Hosted by Peak Run Performance coaches and elite runners of all distances and terrains Jacob and Amy Puzey
What: “Located just outside the world-famous Banff National Park with close access to the Calgary International Airport, Canmore is an ideal location for a running getaway. Runners will enjoy trails around Canmore, including the Canmore Nordic Centre–Site of Olympic and World Cup Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Championships–as well as the world-class strength training facilities used by Cross Country Canada.”

The retreat is athlete-driven and will focus on specific skills to improve trail running technique, stamina, speed, strength, gait, nutrition, overall mental and physical performance, and more. Learn more here.

Women’s Rocky Mountain Run Retreat

When: May 31-June 2, 2019
Where: Nordegg, Alta.
Who: Hosted and organized by elite trail runner Alissa St Laurent. (A few of her accomplishments include: CR at Sinister 7 and Lost Soul Ultra, two-time winner of the Canadian Death Race, fifth at Western States, second at Run Rabbit Run 100-mile, and fifth at UTMB in 2018.)
What: A unique experience for female athletes of all levels who are interested in learning skills for trail and mountain running. The focus will be on the ultra-trail distances over the three days. There will be time to connect with one another and also focus on strength, stretching, and nutrition over the campfire. St Laurent is keen to share her experience and expertise with women of all levels and abilities. Learn more and register here.

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Women’s Trail Running Retreat

When: October 18-20, 2019
Where: Blue Mountain, Ont.
Who: Athlete, coach, author, and elite trail runner Jennifer Faraone. (Faraone previously hosted a spring trail running clinic for men and women. Due to a concussion, she will be hosting just the women’s clinic in the fall.) 
What: “Surrounded by the beautiful autumn leaves, this is a wonderful time of the year to explore the scenic trails of Blue Mountain, while connecting with other women who share a passion for trail running. Over the course of the weekend, you will have the opportunity to explore different trails, engage in discussions and receive expert advice relating to run form and technique, training considerations, injury prevention, and more. But this retreat is not all about physical activity; it’s also about taking some time out for yourself, to focus on you and to recharge your batteries. You will leave on Sunday feeling more knowledgeable, confident, renewed and inspired! This retreat is open to anyone who embraces the magic of the trails. It doesn’t matter how often you run, how fast you can run, or how long you have been running; the trails don’t discriminate! All runs can be tailored to meet you where you are at.” Learn more here.

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