Women’s running camps 2019

Challenge your body – Inspire your soul – are you ready to fall in love with running?

2019 marks the 11th year of our series of running and conditioning camps created specifically for adult women. These camps are an incredible opportunity to train and run in one of the best training locations at altitude in the United States, Estes Park, Colorado. Not only do you get to benefit from training and staying at the perfect ‘sweetspot’  that research suggests is the best for maximizing the physiological altitude, you also learn from inspiring and experienced women athletes and expert coaches.

Our camps are perfect for you whether you are an experienced runner and need to rekindle your enthusiasm for running, want to take your running to the next level, or if you are looking to train for your first 10K, half marathon or marathon – we give you the tools and inspiration you are looking for, and more! Our camps foster long-lasting, healthy lifestyles out of positive thinking, self-acceptance, and joy, inspiring you on every level, physically, mentally, and spiritually. These are extremely popular life changing opportunities, four out of seven camps in 2018 sold out, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment!

2019 Women’s Running Camp dates:

How you benefit

•  learn about how to increase your running economy and efficiency from a video review of your running form

•  understand how posture impacts your running experience

•  learn about sustainable training and how to include this in your life

•  enjoy great food and camaraderie

•  learn about the positive running movement® and mental training for performance, experience and life

•  learn what blocks you create to being the best version of you and how to unlock them

•  run against the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains in clean clear air

•  learn how to achieve relaxation and flow in your running

•  leave with a clear action plan and output and input goals to achieve your plan

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“The Active at Altitude intermediate ladies run camp was a fabulous week of trail running in the Rockies and useful workshops, based around the Lydiard run coaching method. It was a fun group with lots of support and laughter.”

Melanie - France

“A camp which helps you achieve an efficient running form – all done with support and kindness and encouragement!”

Sandee - Kansas

“Terry and Jacqueline identified specific aspects of my running form that I could work on early on in the camp, which allowed me to make significant progress in just a week!

Margo - Tucson AZ

The supportive atmosphere created by this diverse group of women allowed everyone to take on challenges and try new things.”

Kim - Meridian

“I learned so much that week of camp: The proper way to do speed drills on the track, how to run tempo runs, hill sprints, and proper strengthening exercises (my favorite activity was running in water). I learned about goal setting and doing positive imagery exercises before runs. All of these lessons made me a stronger runner physically and mentally. But the biggest surprise for me that week was a newfound excitement and energy for running. For many years I was tied to a training schedule, and the only thing I focused on was completing my weekly mileage. Although I love building up mileage and seeing my fitness improve, I was tired of that routine and knew I needed to change my methods.

Hannah - Victoria

Your camp, your knowledge and positive attitude was just what I needed to invigorate my body and soul. I left camp feeling refreshed, inspired, empowered and energized. Terry, your outlook on life, the love you have for the sport, the knowledge you shared, and the positive way you encouraged all of us, was transforming. Learning from you in breathtaking Estes Park and getting to know the other six amazingly strong women that week exceeded my expectations.”

Rebecca - NH

“Terry & Jacqui are amazing coaches. The week was an incredible blend of training, learning about running, making friendships, and personal breakthroughs. Thank you Jacqui & Terry for helping me take my running to the next level.”

Nancy - IN

“I have come to camp three times; once as a new runner to learn basics, a second time to tun up for race / time goals, and a third time to re-boot my confidence, motivation, and fitness baseline. Each time the camp has succeeded spectacularly thanks to the thoughtful ministrations of Terry & Jacqui and the amazing support of my fellow campers!”

Gretchen - Boston

“This camp has been a fun-with-a-purpose experience. It has challenged me physically & mentally and peeled back some layers to get me in touch with my deeper self. It is the whole experience – physical, mental, emotional, social. Thank you Terry & Jacqueline!”

Yolanda - OR

“This camp is so much more than running & training at altitude. It is a safe, happy, comfortable space that allows personal reflection & group encouragement. Active at Altitude is beyond running!”

Micah - MS

“My 10 days with Active at Altitude were life changing for me. Terry & Jacqui provided a wonderful training program plus excellent nutrition information. Visualization became an important part of our training & a process that I will continue to use! I would recommend this camp to anyone that’s looking to improve their running & their life!”

Emily - Kentucky

“Active at Altitude has been a wonderful and exhilarating experience. The friendships I have made, as well as the knowledge I have gleaned from camp are life changing. This is just the beginning of a new road ahead….”

Mirabelle - BC

“The Active at Altitude women’s running camp was a great experience. It was about more than just running. Being in the company of a group of strong women is very empowering. The Camp Directors, Terry & Jacqui Chiplin, are wonderful & inspiring individuals, They bring so much knowledge & inspiration to each person at the camp.”

Emma - Aguascalientes

“Now I feel like I run like a true Chingona!”

“This running camp helped me not only improve as a runner, but also as a person. Also I appreciate that everyone fulfilled their goals and we worked as a team!”

Each camp includes accommodation (2 women per room sharing in a double room – 3 in bunk room – single room and shared room options available), coaching, video review of running form, all meals, water and juices, all sessions, group transport, journals, towels, bedding and a women’s cut tech tee shirt.

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:

  • Snack
  • Tempo session – RMNP
  • Breakfast
  • Workshop – Goal setting / action plans
  • Rest & relaxation
  • Lunch
  • Hike
  • Workshop – Nutrition
  • Rest & relaxation
  • Dinner
  • Inspirational movie

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 coped with vegans, 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.
Terry works with top level women coaches and guest athletes who bring their own special flavor and expertise to the camps – check each camp to see who will be the guest coach and / or athlete for your level of camp.

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

  • guided trail runs of varying length and intensity
  • speed work or hill work
  • interval or tempo sessions
  • guided climbing
  • hiking
  • pool or aqua running
  • flexibility
  • floor or yoga session
  • running form and injury prevention
  • workshops on visualization / self belief / nutrition / motivation / race preparation/ goal setting / and more…
  • camp journals – workshops will include creating action plans to incorporate learning and commitments to take away
  • video review of running technique
  • a major focus on goal setting with one to one sessions with Camp Director – everyone leaves with a goal and detailed action plan and support network to achieve that goal

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 mid 40’s.
The youngest camper we have had is 21; we have also had two women campers in their 70’s who attended with their daughters!
Age is not 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 our camps.