Run, Relax, Repeat: Top 10 Running Holidays, Camps & Retreats for Mind and Body

Are you tired of running the same old routes day in and day out? Do you feel like your mind and body could use a break from the daily grind? Look no further than the rejuvenating world of running retreats...

Not only do running retreats provide a chance to explore new and exciting locations and cultures, but they also offer a unique opportunity to improve your physical and mental well-being. Whether you're a seasoned runner looking to challenge yourself on a new trail or a beginner seeking guidance and support, there's a running retreat out there that’s perfect for you.

We'll take a closer look at the top 10 running retreats of 2023 & 2024, from the stunning natural landscapes of Iceland and Yosemite to the diverse cultural experiences of Italy and Bhutan, these retreats offer a little something for everyone. So, lace up your running shoes and get ready to run, relax, and repeat...

But if you are looking for a full list of over 60+ running retreats--be sure to check out all of our running retreats here.

Trail Running The East Coast Trail - The Edge of North America in Canada

Running the East Coast Trail is a trail so grand that you'll have the chance to look down on the backs of whales from high upon a cliff and see giant icebergs float by on the ocean current.  It's a trail unknown to many, but perhaps one of the finest on the North American continent. 

It's a trail with a "European" feel that's actually closer to Great Britain than it is to Vancouver.  The East Coast Trail stretches over 200 miles along the Eastern edge of the island province of Newfoundland in Canada.  Relatively short road walks in quaint coastal villages connect the various segments of the trail, and we hand-pick the very best segments for this trip, connecting long point-to-point stretches.  The East Coast Trail, the most easterly long-distance trail on the continent, links charming fishing villages with the historic yet cosmopolitan capital city of St. John's.

Along with the scenic natural wonders along the trail, you'll enjoy charming coastal fishing villages each with their own unique character, from the colorful cottages of Quidi Vidi to one of the many active fishing villages like Petty Harbor.  You'll spend your evenings in local Bed and Breakfasts along the coast, enjoying homemade dinners with a hearty breakfast each morning.  You'll also spend a couple of nights in St. John's, The City of Legends, enjoying evenings out on the town and sampling native Newfoundland cuisine.

This tour is more advanced due to the extremely technical nature of much of the trail tread. There are many challenging and technical aspects of this trail.  Runners must be prepared for very steep, rocky and rooty terrain. Running isn't possible on some segments of the trail and you should be prepared to do a bit of power walking. There are also numerous steps to climb and traverse.  Practice climbing steps prior to the tour. 

9-Day Running Adventure in Japan

Get ready to fly across the Pacific to Japan — a country with deep cultural roots, remarkable natural landscapes, and state-of-the-art technologies. On this epic adventure, you will run through history and diverse landscapes as we explore peaceful autumnal forests, quiet bamboo groves, and reflections of Mount Fuji in the calm surface of Lake Kawaguchi. You’ll get to explore the shrines and temples in Nikko and dive into the old-world beauty of Kyoto, before heading to Osaka.

This trip gives runners a first-hand look into Japanese culture, it’s people and the amazing sights along the way. And then there is the food. This incredible 9-Day Japanese Running Adventure is a must-do for runners who want to explore the land of the rising sun, in a truly novel way.

​Cinque Terre Running Tour

If you're looking for a truly unique and exciting running experience, the Cinque Terre Running Tour might just be perfect for you. During this retreat, you'll have the opportunity to run through the picturesque landscapes of the Italian Riviera, explore the charming seaside villages of Cinque Terre, and indulge in delicious Italian cuisine.

As you lace up your running shoes and set out on your daily routes, you'll be surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean Sea and the lush hills of the Italian countryside. You'll run through quaint fishing villages, ancient vineyards, and picturesque olive groves, all while taking in the sights and sounds of this stunning region.

IAway from the trails, you'll also have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Italian culture and cuisine. You'll visit local markets, take part in Mediterranean cooking classes, and indulge in traditional Italian meals made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Zion & Bryce Running Tour

Heading out to run through one of the USA’s national parks will surely get the nod of approval from John Muir, but the four-day Zion & Bryce Running Tour allows you to run through the spectacular scenery of two of the USA’s best-loved national parks: Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park!

The retreat’s epic trails will take you through mountains, slot canyons, buttes, spire-like hoodoos, monolithic rocks, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches. The scintillating scenery will help you push through your limits, and the daily runs will be led by experienced guides and trip leaders who know the area well. The package price includes all accommodation during the tour, as well as all transport, meals (including snacks and beverages), and all park permits, licenses, and fees.

Running Retreat in Flagstaff

If you're looking for a running retreat that focuses on training and performance, the Running Retreat in Flagstaff is the perfect fit for you. This retreat, held in the stunning town of Flagstaff, Arizona, is designed to help you improve your running skills, while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding nature.

The retreat will give you the opportunity to run on a variety of trails, each offering different challenges and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. You'll also have access to experienced coaches and trainers who will help you develop your skills and improve your performance.

Aside from the daily runs, there will be plenty of other activities to keep you entertained and relaxed. You can take part in yoga sessions, relax in the hot tub, or simply enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the area.

Accommodations for the retreat will be provided in a comfortable and cozy lodge, where you'll be able to rest and recharge after your runs. All meals will be provided and will focus on healthy and nutritious options to help fuel your training.

Trail Run Iceland

From challenging terrains to stunning vistas, Trail Run Iceland offers you the chance to explore the natural beauty of the Land of Fire and Ice in a unique and inspiring manner.

During this retreat, you will have the opportunity to run on various spectacular trails that are suitable for all levels of runners. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced runner, the professional guides will ensure that you have a challenging and enjoyable experience. You will run through scenic routes, including volcanic landscapes, glacial rivers, and moss-covered mountains.

Apart from running, you'll have the chance to take part in activities such as glacier hiking, soaking your tired muscles in natural hot springs, and even exploring lava tubes. You'll also have the chance to try the traditional Icelandic cuisine and learn about the country's unique culture.

Running Tour Du Mont Blanc

As you lace up your trail running shoes and take in the stunning French mountain views, you’ll feel a sense of awe and wonder. The crisp alpine air will invigorate you as you take on the steep inclines and rugged terrain on the Running Tour du Mont Blanc.

This retreat is all about pushing yourself to the limit and achieving your goals. With expert coaching and guidance, you'll improve your trail running technique and endurance. You'll also have the opportunity to bond with like-minded runners from all over the world, forming lifelong connections and memories.

Running Holiday at the Backroads of the Atlas in Morocco

Don't miss this Running Holiday through the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The Atlas Mountains, stretching over 2000km across Northern Africa, form a rugged spine that separates the Mediterranean coast from the Sahara desert. In Morocco, the tallest peaks host a network of ancient paths and dirt roads, linking picturesque valleys where traditional ways of life endure. Here, people live close to the land, measuring time by the seasons, and welcoming visitors with warm smiles and mint tea. Walking remains the primary mode of travel, offering a timeless experience.

As a runner, you'll discover breathtaking high-altitude trails (yielding to mules!), traverse dirt roads above terraced valleys, and race local children through mountainside villages. You can cool your legs in icy rivers fed by snowmelt and immerse yourself in a landscape seemingly frozen in time. By the end of the week, any preconceptions of Morocco as a desert will have vanished, replaced by a mosaic of diverse landscapes.

Each day offers a new route and running experience, with various distances available to suit your preferences. Every detail, from meals featuring local cuisine to accommodations and sightseeing, has been meticulously arranged. One of the best ways to see Morocco.

Trail Run Annapurna

Looking for an inspired trail running adventure that will push you physically and mentally? Look no further than the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, where you'll experience some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet among Himalayan peaks while pushing your limits as a runner.

On this 12-day tour, you'll run through remote mountain villages, cross suspension bridges over raging rivers, and climb to high-altitude passes that offer panoramic views of the Himalayas. You'll run alongside Buddhist prayer flags, visit monasteries, and immerse yourself in the culture of the friendly Nepalese people.

But this tour isn't for the faint of heart. You'll tackle steep ascents and descents, run through rocky terrain, and cross streams and rivers. You'll need to be in excellent physical condition and have experience running in challenging mountain environments.

The rewards, however, are well worth it. You'll run through forests of rhododendron and bamboo, see snow-capped peaks and glaciers, and catch glimpses of rare wildlife such as the snow leopard and red panda. And at night, you'll rest in cozy teahouses and enjoy hearty meals cooked by locals.

Northern Vietnam Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

During the Northern Vietnam Trail Running and Wellness Retreat, you will have the opportunity to delve deep into the remote mountain areas, where experienced local runners will guide you through the lush forests and along winding paths that weave through the hills.

As you explore this breathtaking region, you'll also get a glimpse into the culture and traditions of the local people, experiencing their daily way of life and their warm hospitality. From sharing meals with local families to visiting traditional markets, you'll get to experience the rich tapestry of Vietnam's rural communities.

In addition to running, you'll also have the chance to focus on your personal wellness, with yoga and meditation sessions, as well as time to relax and rejuvenate in the tranquil surroundings. Whether you're looking for adventure, culture, or wellness, this retreat has something for everyone. You'll leave with a deeper appreciation for the beauty of Northern Vietnam and a renewed sense of energy and vitality.

Our Final Thoughts...

We hope that this guide has helped you in your search for the perfect running retreat to enhance your mind and body. When choosing a running retreat, there are several things to consider, such as the location, the focus of the retreat, the level of difficulty, and the amenities available. It's important to select a retreat that aligns with your goals and interests, and that provides the support and guidance you need to achieve your desired running goals.

We highly recommend taking the time to attend one of the top 10 retreats we've highlighted in this guide. Each of these retreats offers a unique experience, and we believe that they will meet the needs and expectations of any runner seeking to enhance their mind and body whilst surrounded by nature.

So why wait? Take the first step towards transforming your life and sign up for one of these amazing retreats today. You will be sure to come back refreshed, rejuvenated, and with a whole new perspective on life...

And if you are looking for runing retreats across other locations and dates--be sure to visit our running page to see all of the running retreats coming your way across the globe.


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