Carmel Running Retreat


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Lake Tahoe

Tahoe – Perhaps the Perfect Summer Running Camp Area!

COMING BACK IN 2022!!! Check back here for more information.

The friendly 2022 presenters may include Joe Henderson (Marathon & Beyond), Dr. Gary Moran (Physiology and Strength Training), Dr. David Hannaford (podiatrist), Sister Marion Irvine, Carissa Galloway RDN, and Krista Bueb (Massage Therapist) & Amy Goddard, PT

We stay at the beautiful and comfortable Squaw Valley Lodge. Lodge amenities include indoor and outdoor hot tubs, swimming, tennis, sauna and fitness room. Both camps begin on Friday, July 26, 2020 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 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, 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 onsite or 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,  lodging at Squaw Valley Lodge, all meals for the weekend, or all meals for the week except Friday, Sunday and Tuesday dinners.  Airfare and airport transportation fees are not included.

How much does it cost?

Early Bird Prices – good now through January 31, 2020
Early Bird Weekend – $754 double per person, $914 single
Early Bird Week – $1894 double per person, $2440 single


February 1, 2020 and after
Weekend – $804 double per person, $964 single
Full Week – $1984 double per person, $2530 single


After January 31, 2020, Tahoe alums should email Susan for the alumni discount.

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 Squaw Valley/ 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 Squaw Valley. 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. Squaw Valley also has trolley service into Tahoe City.

What are the accommodations like at the Lodge?

All rooms are Deluxe Studios, which offer a full kitchen. 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 Squaw Valley, 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 the Valley 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.

What is the food like?

Our food is all catered by the award winning North Tahoe Catering. All included meals are served at the Lodge. The food is delicious and healthy and there is are vegetarian options at all meals. Vegans may choose to fix their own meals. Email Susan for details.

Are shops/restaurants within walking distance?

Yes, the Village at Squaw Valley 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 Squaw Valley/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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