What's Camp Like?

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Whether you are training for a marathon, are a beginner runner, or simply want a fun, active vacation - Craftsbury’s your spot. Our camps combine a Vermont vacation with miles of quiet dirt roads, kilometers of trails, all sorts of workouts both running and cross-training, tons of instruction on all aspects of the sport, capped by the beautiful long run loop, the Ridge Run. Of course, there's a massive helping of fun in there too!

We generally run twice a day. Mornings open with a run, some cross-training and instruction after breakfast, with the second running workout after lunch and some free time. Dinner leads to the evening presentation before time for more fun and socializing.

A Sample Day of Running Camp 

(or click thru for a full week's schedule from Masters Week)

6:30 am Meet and stretch, then set off for the easy morning run. Perhaps 3-4 miles on trails or a 5 mile run up to and around Craftsbury Common followed by a 20min core session in the Fitness Center. 

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Circuit training, video analysis, or a presentation on exercise physiology, nutrition, or injury prevention

10:30 am Field trip! Craftsbury General Store? Willey's General Store in Greensboro? Somewhere further afield? We spice up our camps with interesting local attractions.

12:00 pm Lunch

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

3:00 pm Coached running instruction - easy warm up run, dynamic drills, hill workouts, intervals, tempo run, or fartlek, stretching and cool down. It's Vermont, so you can be sure we will include a hill running clinic on our local favorite hills. A jump in the lake afterward is the reward!

5:00 pm Cider, wine and cheese social hour

6:00 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Training Discussion: Building a Training Program

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

In addition to the field trips mentioned above, mid-week we have our legendary Endure-a-thon Day. It's a day-long fun endurance challenge: biking, hiking a peak, and running - followed by a dip in Lake Willoughby and ending with a bike ride back to Craftsbury.

We end our week with one of the most beautiful runs in Vermont: the Ridge Run, 10 miles of scenic beauty looking back across the valley. The last day of camp also includes one-on-one consultations, where each runner can meet with a coach of their choice. 

Get more program details from Director of Running, Carole Hakstian, at running@craftsbury.com for more programming information, or contact the office at stay@craftsbury.com with general concerns about lodging and so forth.