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Superb coaching, beautiful Vermont country roads, kilometers of well-maintained trails, and a great atmosphere for learning and having fun has made Craftsbury a sought-after running destination for more than 30 years. Whether you are training for a marathon, wanting to learn more about how to train, are a beginning runner, or simply want to have a fun, active vacation, Craftsbury has something for everyone. Here is a small taste of the experience of Craftsbury Running Camp.

Arriving at our office, a white 19th century farmhouse surrounded by over 400 private acres, you are greeted by views of the roughly 3000m lake and the mountains of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Once checked in, you can get settled in your room or lakeside cottage before the camp begins. Gathering on Cedar Lodge's porch, introductions are made and then we are off for our first run together either on the trails or an easy jaunt along Lost Nation Road.

We generally have two running sessions per day, early morning and mid-afternoon. We start our days with an easy run or a trip to the Morrisville track and then enjoy breakfast on the veranda of the Center's classic dining hall. Mid-mornings are busy with circuit training, videotape analysis or a lecture on training principles and philosophies.

After lunch and some free time, afternoons include a hill workout, fartlek run or tempo run or a challenging trail run. Other electives such as a swim clinic, yoga, bike rides and smaller break out seminars keep us busy until the evening wine and cheese hour.

Each evening has a seminar, presentation or lecture. Personal presentations by coaches and information-packed training and nutrition lectures are just a few of our offerings. After the scheduled evening activity, free time finds campers socializing, playing Scrabble, watching movies and relaxing.

Various field trips during the week take us to Stowe for a run and some sightseeing as well as to a few classic nearby Vermont General Stores. Mid-week we have our legendary Endure-a-thon Day. It's a day-long extravaganza of fun: swimming, biking, hiking to a peak (often Mount Pisgah), running and ending with a dip.

We end our week with the most beautiful run in Vermont: the Ridge Run. The last day of camp also includes a 30:00, one on one consultation with a coach. Each runner has the opportunity to discuss their own fitness, training and racing goals with the coach of their choice.

The hearty meals served between runs are perfect times for unwinding, exchanging stories, or following up with coaches. There is always time to sit and talk with our coaches about racing, training, or anything else during meals, social times and around the evening campfires. The daily schedule at camp is full but well-paced giving time to take breaks, enjoy yourself and your fellow campers. The enthusiasm and knowledge that our coaches bring to the Craftsbury experience will help you come away a better runner. Why not come join us?

 

A Sample Day of Running Camp

6:30 am Meet in Cedar Lounge, stretch, set off for the morning run. Perhaps the 5 mile run up to and around Craftsbury Common or around the beautiful and challenging trails? Videotaping of each runner at the conclusion of the run.

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Videotape review in Tamarack Classroom

10:30 am Circuit training

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 pm Free time. Take canoes or kayaks out on Big Hosmer Pond, ride bikes on the trails, go for a swim, read a book - or just relax. Recovery is what makes you faster!

3:00 pm Coached running instruction - hill workouts, tempo runs, fartlek and drills. As an example, it's Vermont, so you can be sure each week we include a hill running clinic: a strong workout on our local favorite hills. Divided into smaller groups, each group works with a coach to learn good uphill and downhill techniques. A jump in the lake afterward is the reward!

5:00 pm Wine and cheese social hour

6:00 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Training Discussion: Building a Training Program

8:15 pm Fun and socializing in Cedar Lounge: Scrabble tournament, puzzles and games or s'mores around the camp fire.