Carmel Running Retreat


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Lake Tahoe

Tahoe – Perhaps the Perfect Summer Running Camp Area!

The friendly 2023 presenters may include Carissa Galloway, Dr. Gary Moran (Physiology and Strength Training), Dr. David Hannaford (podiatrist), Sister Marion Irvine & Amy Lee Goddard, (Ace Certified Personal Trainer, Running Coach & Health Coach with a PT background)

We stay at the beautiful and comfortable Palisades Tahoe Lodge. Lodge amenities include indoor and outdoor hot tubs, swimming, tennis, sauna and fitness room. Both camps begin on Friday, July 7, 2023 with an easy run to get acquainted. Both camps end after breakfast on the last day.  Each morning begins with a run or walk in a different nearby location. Breakfast on your own is followed by clinics by Jeff and his guests speakers. Seminar topics include Running Injury Free, Nutrition, Getting Faster/ Speed Drills, Mental Training, Goal setting, Shoe selection, Pool running, and Running form / analysis. Individual consults with Jeff area also a part of camp.

Feel free to ask questions, and even request a topic to be discussed.

After lunch on your own, you may choose to shop, sightsee, sun by the pool, or join the group for a scenic hike, T-shirt swap, bike ride, river raft ride, etc. The group (~40) gathers again in the evenings for dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. After dinner activities have included s’mores and songs at the pool, and even ballroom dance lessons.

You will be emailed a registration form and waiver after your deposit is received.


When do the running camps begin and end?

Both the week and weekend camps begin at 5 p.m. with a get- acquainted run/walk.  Week camp ends after breakfast on the following Friday, and weekend camp ends after breakfast on Sunday. Check out time is 11 a.m. Flights to the east coast from Reno typically leave early- plan your flight accordingly or stay an extra day!

What does the fee include?

Your fee includes all seminars and lodging at Palisades Tahoe Lodge, pizza party on last night for week camp, and wine social for both camps.  Does not include airfare, airport transportation, and most meals.

How much does it cost?

Weekend – $630 double per person, $790 single
Week – $1699 double per person, $2246 single


A Tahoe alumni discount will be applied to the final payment due May 1st, if applicable.

How many people attend?

The trend may change from year to year, but generally there are 35-40 campers during the week and 10-15 during the weekend. We welcome runners of all ages and speeds!

Are non-running spouses and family welcome at the retreats?

Absolutely! The Palisades Tahoe/ Lake Tahoe area has so much to offer vacationers. Your non-running spouse/family will have many activities to choose from while you are attending the camp seminars. You will pay the single rate for camp, and your spouse/family will pay only for meals if they choose to eat with the group.

Do I need to rent a car?

You do not need a car, as airport shuttles run from the Reno Airport to Palisades Tahoe. Shuttle fees are approximately $60 each way. Schedules change from year to year; you can check the shuttle schedule at North Tahoe Express. If you want to be able to explore the Lake area, you may wish to rent a car. Palisades Tahoe also has trolley service into Tahoe City.

What are the accommodations like at the Lodge?

All rooms are Deluxe Studios, which offer a kitchenette in each room. There is a queen bed and a queen sofa bed. If you opt for a double with a roommate, please note that there is one bed and one sofa bed. Like most homes & hotels in Palisades Tahoe, the Lodge is not air conditioned (except for our meeting room).

What is a typical day at camp?

In general, each day follows a similar format: 6 a.m. run, 8 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m.- 12 noon seminars, 12 noon lunch, 1 p.m. hike, or free time to sun, swim, shop, etc.  Dinner is at 6 p.m., and the evening is free after dinner. Often the group meets after dinner for a fun activity. Afternoon hikes are generally rated easy  to moderate. Each hike has a detailed description and rating that can be viewed before the hike.

How far do we run each day?

We have a 6 a.m. run each morning in a different location in Palisades Tahoe or around the Lake. Most runs have a trail and path option. Generally, we run out 30 minutes out and back 30 minutes to be back in time for a quick shower and breakfast. All runs are out and back, and you can go as long or as short as you like. There is an optional long run morning for those needing to keep up their long run schedule. There is also a Magic Mile morning for a timed mile run.

Are shops/restaurants within walking distance?

Yes, the Village at Palisades Tahoe is within a stone’s throw from the Lodge and includes a general store, specialty shops and 5 or 6 restaurants (Starbucks too!). High Camp with ice skating, bungee jumping, hiking and dining is a tram ride up the mountain from the Lodge.

What is the weather like in July?

The mornings are cool-usually in the 40’s. A long-sleeved shirt is usually all you need for the morning runs. If you are from South Florida, you may wish to have gloves and tights for the morning runs! Afternoon temps are usually high 60’s-mid 70’s, and a sweater would be appropriate for the cool evenings.

Is there free time?

Yes, there is free time in the afternoons and after dinner. All runs, seminars, and hikes are optional. The Palisades Tahoe/Lake Tahoe area offers hiking, biking (road or mountain), golf, river rafting, shopping and dinner cruises on Lake Tahoe, to name a few options.


Questions? Contact Susan Kolbinsky at Tahoe Alumni please contact Susan for Alumni discount.


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