October 23, 2016

Trail running camps 2017

Spring Camp – May 18-21  /  Fall Camp – September 7-10

Trail Running has become our passion – the Estes Park area is an incredible area for trail running; challenging, inspiring and breathtaking. Miles of trails with choices varying from easy to extremely challenging. This is a runner’s paradise, with over 300 days a year of sunshine, clean clear air, and majestic views pretty much whichever way you look.

Active at Altitude is delighted to continue our annual co-ed Trail Running Camps with some of the USA’s top trail running experts working with you to educate, challenge & inspire. Trail Running is a rapidly growing sport, and we are excited to be a small part of developing this noble art. We will take you to places you have never dreamed of, where you will find that you can achieve far more than you thought you could…Many runners come with an expectation that trail running will be too hard for them – the reality is that it is challenging; however the mental, and spiritual benefits far outweigh the physical challenges, and it takes us back to a natural environment where we can feel more at home. If you have never been to a Trail Running Camp before and don’t know what to expect, here is a great article written by Diana Norcross after her experience at our April 2011 camp!

Trail Running in the USA has grown rapidly, especially during recent years, and is poised to become the number 1 participation outdoor sport in the USA in the near future. Much of this I think has to do with a basic human need for experiences where we can connect with our environment across as many of our senses as possible. Road running has many merits, and has been the initial leader in the running boom – there is however nothing like the connection you can achieve on a trail, being so close to the natural world rather than shielded and insulated by bricks and concrete. I loved running roads, on trails I feel truly ALIVE!

ustrailrunningfinalWe love Trail Running so much, we brought the first ever US Trail Running Conference to Estes Park in 2013 – the fifth annual event takes place October 11-14, 2017, at the historic Stanley Hotel, in downtown Estes Park! The event features sessions for both Trail Race Directors and Trail Runners, with an expo, demo products, interactive workshops, speaker panels, elite athletes and more. We look forward to seeing you there!

atra(2)These camps are in partnership with ATRA (American Trail Running Association) – the only non-profit corporation to serve the trail and mountain running community. Their mission is to represent and promote trail and mountain running. They offer individual, club, race and corporate memberships – each participant in these camps receives a one year membership of ATRA, including all member benefits, and an annual subscription to both Trail Runner Magazine, and Runners World. We encourage all Trail Runners to become ATRA members!

Our camps are for both beginner and more experienced trail runners. We give you tools to either start your trail running career, or kick start a renewed love for trail running if that’s what you are looking for. We recommend that runners attending our camps can already complete at least a 10K distance on roads without stopping.
If you’re unsure about your suitability for one of these camps, feel free to contact us, either by e-mail or call 303-304-9159.

Accommodation typeRateNumber available
Single room & private bath$7501
Single room & shared bath$7002
Double room & shared bath$6002
Bunk room and shared bath $5504

Click on the register button on the page below. This takes you to the registration page for this camp – complete your personal details along with credit or debit card details. Initial payment at time of registration is 50% of camp cost. The balance is due on or before the 1st of the month preceding camp date – for the Spring camp the balance is due on or before April 1st, 2017; for the Fall camp the balance is due on or before August 1st, 2017. The balance payment is by check made payable to Terry Chiplin, and sent to Active at Altitude, PO Box 1987, Estes Park, CO 80517.

Each camp includes accommodation (2 runners per room sharing in a double room – 4 in bunk room – single room options available), guided trail runs, coaching, workshops, all meals, water and juices, group transport, towels, bedding, and usually some schwag too.

Camps start at 4.00 pm the first day, and finish at 12.00 pm on the last day. Here is a typical day’s schedule:

  • 7.00 am Light breakfast
  • 7.30 am Trail form and drills – group trail run
  • 11.00 am Brunch
  • 12.00 pm Rest & relaxation
  • 1.00 pm Workshop on running form
  • 2.00 pm Light lunch
  • 3.00 pm Hike or recovery run
  • 5.00 pm Trail 101 including trail etiquette
  • 6.30 pm Dinner
  • 7.30 pm Inspirational video

The nearest airport is Denver International (DIA) – the airport is a 1.5 hour drive away from Estes Park. We provide transport during the camp, so you don’t need to bring your own. We recommend a local shuttle service that can pick you up at DIA, and drop you at the camp door here in Estes Park. They will also make the same run in reverse at camp end. To arrive in time for camp start, use the 1.00 pm shuttle from DIA. For return to DIA, use the 1.00 pm shuttle again. The round trip charge is $85 per person. See more details and to book at Estes Park Shuttle.

Food will be primarily vegetarian – special diets can be catered for. We have successfully catered for vegans, runners with gluten intolerance, and various dietary allergies.

Camp Director and Head Coach is Terry Chiplin. He is an endurance and life coach, and owner of Active at Altitude. Terry has over 20 years experience working and inspiring athletes of all abilities, from Olympic marathoner to a runner completing their first 5K! Terry is a certified Lydiard Level II coach – Athur Lydiard was the most successful running coach in history, and his sustainable training principles live on today – see more about the Lydiard Foundation here.  He has also been a coach for Revolution Running based in Boulder.

The camp is jointly led by Nancy Hobbs, inspirational trail runner, holder of multiple age group race titles, CE of ATRA (American Trail Running Association), and co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running (with Adam Chase).
We are often fortunate to have guest star athletes come and join us for runs, workshops, or maybe both…keep an eye on our news section for updates on who will be joining us for your camp!

Each camp includes runs, activities and sessions from the following:

  • trail runs of varying length and intensity
  • uphill & downhill techniques
  • hiking
  • stretching
  • running form and injury prevention
  • workshops on a variety of trail running related subjects
  • video review of running technique
  • and much more!

We hope you never have to cancel your place for one of your camps once you have registered. However, life does happen, and things can change. You can see our cancellation policy at this link. We will always do our best to work with you if you do need to cancel.

The average age for campers is low 40’s.
Please don’t let age be a factor in deciding whether you think you could enjoy and benefit from these camps – feel free to contact us if you have any questions on your suitability for either one of these camps.

“Everyone should have the kind of days we had at camp. It was a generous portion of fitness, fun, friendship, beauty, and challenge.”

Amy - PA

“I deeply enjoyed this running camp. I had been looking for a camp that could challenge, inspire, and push me back into achieving my top running form…The location, the workouts, the entire experience was enriching to my mind, my body, and soul. The Colorado skyline was captivating; Terry and Jacqui and the celebrity ultrarunner of the weekend, Adam Chase, were all very helpful in providing a nurturing environment to help me reach my goals. I plan to PR my time each week, and when I break my all time personal 5k record, I will have Active at Altitude to thank, for providing the platform to get back in the running game. Thanks, Terry!”

Jamie - CA

“Being a novice trail runner I found the camp inspirational and encouraging. I will take all that I learned and use it in the future”

Julia - PA

“The camp provided a positive environment to allow one to overcome any fears about trail running. It eased the nerves when tackling ‘rocky’ downhills”

Victoria - NY

“Terry is so enthusiastic and gives good feedback. Environment was very relaxed and everyone at the camp was nice and supportive”

Claudia - CO

“I came to camp never having run a trail before. This experience has given me the opportunity to run, and possibly keep running trails. It was a great experience and very enjoyable!”

Robyn - WA

“The best part of the Active at Altitude experience however, is the atmosphere and tone that Terry and Jacqui set with their hospitable and relaxed attitude, inviting all into a family-like setting so that everyone soon finds themselves both at ease and able to enjoy their fellow participants. It makes the whole experience a joy and allows you to focus on your running and learning so that you come away with so much more”

Adam Chase - CO

camp standardsWe are thrilled to announce that our trail running camps are the first in the US to meet ATRA’s Trail Camp Standards.
You can see details of the 14 key areas that make up the Trail Camp Standards at this link.

inov8-logo-blkEach of our 2017 trail camps will feature demo shoes from a market leader in all terrain footwear. The Inov-8 Roclite 290 has been receiving rave reviews, including from me. Come and find out what Inov-8 can do for your trail running!

Ready to register for the Spring camp?

Are you ready for the running and training vacation of your life? Why not click on the button below – we look forward to you joining us!

Ready to register for the Fall camp?

Are you ready for the running and training vacation of your life? Why not click on the button below – we look forward to you joining us!