We are taking the best from our popular 6 week Beginner Trail Running Course and condensing it into a long weekend full of education, exploration and fun!
How it works:
Over a long weekend enjoy a combination of clinics and hiking/running on the best and most scenic Colorado trails for beginners. Each session will last 2-3 hours and expect 2-5 miles of running/hiking at each session. Your local Colorado coaches are experienced and certified long time trail runners, each with their own area of expertise.
Who is this for?
This is a co-ed course for those looking to get into trail running, no prior experience necessary. The best part about trail running is that pace doesn’t matter and power hiking is par for the course. If you are a hiker who loves running the downhill and flat portions of a trail, perfect! If you are a road runner who is wanting to experience nature and the more forgiving surface of the trails, join us! We are in it for the varied terrain, taking in the views and fresh air and the feeling of accomplishment after tough mountain running.
- Gear clinic with information on the best footwear, shoe fit, socks, other apparel and gear necessary for your training for your new favorite hobby + techniques and special apparel and gear for running in mud, across water, snow and ice!
- Wildlife and trail safety talk: Trail etiquette, sustainability and wildlife (like what to do if you see a rattlesnake or mountain lion on the trail), maps, apps and weather considerations.
- Injury prevention and conditioning for trail running clinic: Learn proper athletic warm-up (including running form drills) and basic injury prevention exercises for the feet, ankles and lower legs so that you can run strong and injury free. Learn the proper form and techniques for running + power hiking both up and downhill.
- Conquering technical terrain: Learn techniques and practice running on steep, technical terrain on a 3-4 mile run/hike.
- Running in the dark: Learn the ins and outs of running in the early or late hours. Learn what gear you need, how to use your headlamp, and a 3-4 mile run practicing how to manage the objects on and off the trail when everything looks so foreign in the dark!
Sessions take place on trails southwest of Denver along the c-470 corridor between 1-70 and 1-25 including Golden, Evergreen Morrison, Lakewood, Littleton and Lone Tree.
- Digital copy of the program including videos of running drills and handouts (so you can focus on learning, we take the notes for you!)
- Suggestions for hotels and additional scenic hiking/trail running locations
- Swag, water and snacks
Does not include:
- Transportation from the airport or between run locations. We can help facilitate carpooling between locations however due to covid and insurance restrictions we cannot transport course participants.
- Lodging and meals
You must be able to run at 5k (3.2 miles) without stopping (on a flat road course). You don’t have to be fast, we just want to know that you have a base level of fitness. Trail running is a little more demanding than road running, a 2 mile trail run is equivalent to a 3+ mile road run!
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Spots are very limited, these are small group sessions.
Late afternoon: Meet and greet. Gear clinic at a running shop with the opportunity to purchase any gear you need at a discount. *Option for group hike if you are local/arrive into town early.
Morning: Injury prevention clinic + drills/run paired w/wildlife clinic.
Break for lunch on your own.
Evening: Running in the dark clinic + run
Morning: Conquering technical terrain clinic + run.
Afternoon: Group lunch and then send off! Head back home and put to practice all you learned on your local trails.
Kriste Peoples has been a part of the L2S team for 4 years now and has many running accomplishments under her belt. She loves working with new runners and is the lead coach for the beginner course program.
Lindsay LaForce has been practicing physical therapy for 10 years with the majority of her career spent treating endurance athletes and specializing in video gait analysis and return to run programming; as well as, educating/ training other physical therapists in the treatment of endurance athletes and VGA. She is a Certified POSE Running Technique specialist and an ultra runner, Ironman and momma of two.
Tonya Fuller is a licensed PT and long time distance athlete and trail runner. She is passionate about education and making sure women our women are supported!
Lauren Jones grew up running the trails in Littleton, Colorado and hasn’t stopped! She has her degree in exercise science and sports performance, is certified with the American College of Sports Medicine and has explored trails and raced all over the world!
We will always have a trailblazer present who will run at the back of the pack to accommodate all paces and for encouragement and support! Get to know our amazing volunteer trail blazers HERE.
Questions? Shoot Lauren an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org