Frequently Asked Questions for our Running Retreat
What is included in the cost of the retreat?
We have divided up our fees into two payments:
1) a down payment that will cover your lodging (cost will vary depending on chosen accommodations)
2) retreat fee
The lodging cost is considered your down payment and will be required immediately to reserve your room. The costs can be found on our lodging page, and our retreat cost can be found on our general information page. Our retreat fee covers everything but the optional massage or Reiki time in the itinerary. Gourmet chef-cooked meals will be provided at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with some light snacks between meals.
What is your payment schedule?
The cost of the room is your down payment and is required immediately to reserve your spot at the retreat. If you pay your retreat fee before January 1, 2021, you can save 10% (on the retreat fee only). Retreat fees are due in full by April 1,2021. If reservations are available and made after this date, payment will be made in full, including both lodging and retreat fees.
What is your cancellation policy?
We do understand that emergencies may come up for some of our participants, but we must also consider the upfront costs to put on a running retreat. If you are able to find another participant to take your spot, all of the costs you have already paid for will be refunded in full. If you are unable to find a participant to take your place, we offer partial refunds, depending on what has been paid and the time period canceled leading up to the retreat. Please contact us on an individual basis to determine the best route for your cancellation.
How fast do I have to be?
This retreat is intended for runners of all experience levels and speed. Whether you just started running and want to continue forward with a healthy approach, or you are training to PR as a seasoned runner, this retreat will help you find a healthier, longer-lasting path to your running success. There will be three coaches out on our daily runs to ensure everyone is looked out for. Our workshops are beneficial for runners of all levels as well, and some are individualized to each attendee.
This retreat is at altitude, at just over 7,300 feet, and much of the running will be done on trails and dirt roads. If you currently train mostly on a treadmill, we suggest exposing yourself to some different terrain. We request that you're able to run at least 45 minutes without cardiovascular duress and have been running consistently for the past 2-3 months. If you typically run shorter than this and are concerned, please send us a little more detail about your average training volume (either weekly mileage, weekly minutes, or intensity factors).
I want to bring a group, is that possible?
We suggest groups make reservations early to book the lodging most appropriate for your trip. The Q has an open style sleeping arrangement and can be reserved for a group of up to 5 people. The Ranch House has private sleeping areas, but is a 3 bedroom, 2 and a half bath lodge that can accommodate a groups of friends as well. For more lodging options, please visit our lodging page.
I do not want to share a space, what can I do?
While we encourage the sharing of spaces, we also very much understand the need for quiet while on retreat. There are a few options available to find space here alone. All lodging options are listed with a "Whole Rental" price in which one person can rent the whole space. The Straw Bale Casita and Campers are also private sleeping areas. You can also look for off site lodging as we offer 5 retreat-only spots for those interested.
I want to save money and share a space, but I am coming solo. What are my options?
Please email us right away at ElevationRunning@gmail.com to put an inquiry in on sharing space. If we find a suitable match for your sharing request, we will let you know ASAP. If our Q lodging has not been reserved by a group, this can also be reserved per bed as a sharing space.
I want to attend but do not want lodging. Do you have options?
Whether you are local, have friends in the area, or have environmental sensitivities and would prefer to find your own lodging, we do offer 5 retreat-only reservations. Please just email us if this is an option you would like.
Can I bring my significant other?
All guests staying at our retreat must be registered as active participants in the retreat. We have many king and queen beds available for lodging and the cost is per bed, not per person. When reserving for a couple, the down payment will be accepted for the lodging requested, followed by two separate retreat fees.
Can I bring a pet?
Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at the retreat. There are nearby places to board pets if needed, just email us to request this information.
Do you accommodate food sensitivities?
We are very food-aware and will always try to accommodate. However, there are some circumstances that are not feasible or safe for our retreat. We cannot guarantee that cross contamination will not happen in regard to any food allergens. There are a few of our lodging options with a kitchenette or full kitchen for those that may need to bring more food options for their own personal use. The entire menu will be plant-based (vegan) and gluten-free. We are hopeful that this helps eliminate some common allergens. Please email us as soon as possible to let us know of any dietary concerns, and we will work on figuring out what sort of accommodations we may be able to provide. There will be no discount in retreat costs due to food sensitivities, as we will do our best to accommodate in any way possible.
Does the retreat have WiFi?
Cell phone service can be unreliable, but WiFi is available in the Main House and the Q. We hope that you'll take this time to disconnect from the outside world & reconnect with yourself. That being said, we also understand that, as adults, we all have commitments.