Oct 18-20, 2019 In Blue Mountain, Ontario
A Perfect Get Away: October 18-20, 2019
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. See FAQ for more information.
What to Expect
Friday night begins with a casual dinner served from a local caterer, as we get to know each other and start to engage in some great discussions. Wake up Saturday morning to the smell of fresh baked muffins and a hearty breakfast, fuelling your body for your morning run on nearby trails. This run will focus on technique, and you will receive on-the-spot feedback on how to better navigate technical terrain, how to tackle hills and how to better pace yourself. Following lunch and another information session, there will be the option for a leisurely run or a hike, or you can choose to stroll in the village, treat yourself to a massage or simply relax in the hot tub. Unwind in the evening with a delicious catered meal, then sit back and let yourself be inspired while you listen to our guest speaker Chantal Demers (formerly Warriner) who is guaranteed to knock your socks off!(read below for her bio). Sunday morning begins with the option of a short run to catch the sunrise (or take a pass and get a bit more zzz). Following a light breakfast with fresh baked pastries, there will be one final run to finish the weekend off.
Begins Friday night dinner time (option for afternoon trail run) and ends Sunday October 12 lunch time
Two night accommodations in large chalet at Blue View Chalets, Blue Mountain; enjoy stunning views of the mountain, hot tub, and fireplace
All 6 meals and snacks, including suppers provided by local caterer
Guided and planned runs on local stunning trails: 1 run will cover technique; 1 run will be to challenge yourself, and the other runs are leisure
Awesome draw prizes from sponsors
Lululemon yoga mat
A pair of groovy "Run for the Mountains" socks from Canadian Trail Running Co
Expert advice on how to:
Refine your running technique including tackling the hills
Better pace yourself on the runs
Tailor your training to help you get more efficient, fitter and faster
Prevent and manage injuries
Strengthen your body
In other words-everything is taken care of! You just have to show up with your running gear!
Registration starts @ $465 (tax included) based on room type. The following rates are per person:
shared room (2-3 per room)-single bed $465 SOLD OUT
private room-queen bed $500 SOLD OUT
private room-queen bed semi-ensuite $515 SOLD OUT
private room-queen bed full ensuite $530 SOLD OUT
*limited number of private rooms; available first come first serve basis
Chantal Demers (Guest Speaker)
If you aren’t familiar with who Chantal (formerly Chantal Warriner) is, you are soon going to fall in love with her! I first met her many years ago around 2007 when we both started to get our feet wet with trail running. She has since going on to complete many ultras and in 2017, she broke the record to the fastest end-to-end run, among women, for the Bruce Trail, a 900K journey through central and southern Ontario. If that’s not inspiring enough, she is also one of those people that has found the trick to balancing it all and keeping her priorities in check as she juggles being a paramedic, a mom, and a university student. And to top it off, she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Prepared to be inspired!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this for me?
If you want to treat yourself to an amazing weekend, love trail running and want to 1) learn more; 2) meet other fabulous women 3) replenish your body and soul; and 4) discover some great trails—then yes, this is for you!
Why is this Women’s Only?
My other retreats are open to both men and women. And I love working with both!!! But I like the idea of a women’s only retreat because it allows for discussions of a different nature; plus there’s a unique connection that naturally evolves when you get a bunch of women together.
Do I have to participate in all runs?
No! This weekend is all about you, and what you need. You can choose to skip a run and go for a walk instead or simply stay back and chill. Or you can get in as much running as possible. With the exception of the run where we focus on technique, the routes are such that you can tailor the distance to your preference.
I’m not fast. Can I still come?
Of course! The runs are set up to accommodate different paces.
How much distance do we cover in the runs?
Run distances are customizable and are based on your pace and preference. Runs can be anywhere between 45min to 2hrs+ at a leisure pace depending on your preference.
What are the accommodations like?
We are staying in two ski chalets close to the village. It is an open-concept main living area and kitchen with lots of windows. Balconies with great views, hot tub and BBQ. Accommodations vary from dorm-style shared rooms to private queen with full ensuite. Rooms are selected on a first-come first-serve basis.
What do I need to bring?
Whatever you need for running-including trail run shoes, multiple change of clothes, drinks and foods while running. Be prepared for various weather conditions as we run rain or shine or mud!. All meals are provided however you are welcomed to bring some snacks. You are required to bring linen pillow covers, towel and toiletries.
When does it start and finish?
For those who can make it, there will be an optional run Friday mid afternoon; otherwise we start with dinner around 6-7pm. We will be finishing late Sunday morning, with a quick lunch to send you on your way
Can you cater to special diets?
Yes, within reason. I just need to know in advance please.
Is it refundable?
Unfortunately payment is non-refundable unless we can find someone to take you place