Adult Running Camp
Stay at our Spruce Knob Mountain Center, run amazing trails from our doorstep with expert guidance & clinics, connect with fellow runners, and enjoy our delicious food in the cool, clean air at the top of West Virginia.
This camp is perfect for the beginning trail runner, whether you are transitioning from hiking, road running, or just getting in shape in the first place. The trails are a great place to accomplish that!
We will cover gear — what you need and what you don’t — dynamic warm-ups, navigation, strengthening and stretching, training plans, and basic trail running techniques. The camp will offer multiple and shorter runs.
Enjoy relaxing evenings at the yurts with delicious food, drinks, and laid-back social time.
This camp is designed for the runner with some trail experience who is trying to build up for their first, or next, trail race or ultra marathon. You will take multiple supported runs around the Seneca Creek Backcountry. We will offer advanced clinics on training, rolling, strengthening, nutrition, and injury prevention as well as map reading, orienteering and off-trail navigation.
Sophie Speidel: A school counselor, lacrosse coach, and long-time ultra runner from Charlottesville, VA, Sophie has been helping with our Running Camps for the past two years. She draws from her extensive experience on the trails, running through her peak years and adjusting her training and racing programs to the aging process. Sophie gets this sport and has gotten much from the sport as well. She is excited to share her thoughts and inspiration to the at camp as much as she finds joy and inspiration for her own endeavors from you, the camp participants! Learn more about Sophie from this 2015 profile article and this article she wrote after setting the 50+ age group record at WV’s Highlands Sky 40M in 2019.
BOB LUTHER: Bob is a long-time West Virginia resident and ultra runner. He won the WV Trilogy in 2016 and has finished the race each of the 5 times that he has started. He comes to our Adult Running Camp with fine-tuned knowledge of the local trails system and of what it takes to show up and accomplish what you want every day, in all mental, physical, and weather conditions.
- All abilities are welcome. However this is a trail running camp, not a hiking camp. We expect participants to be willing to run most of the miles. If you are unsure about pace or which camp to sign up for, don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Camp starts Friday morning, with the option to arrive Thursday evening and stay through midday Sunday.
- Your entry fee will cover all meals, drinks, and snacks, including standard aid-station fare during long runs (if applicable), but please bring along your preferred trail food if you prefer to use gels or blocks or other specialized trail space food. Intro camp will not need trail food.
- The entry fee also covers a bed in our cozy dorms (5 beds/room) or tent camping if preferred. Limited private yurt space is available for an additional fee.
- Altitude Training: Our campus is located at 4000′ with trails up to almost 5000′.
- Typical August weather on Spruce Knob is significantly cooler than most other locations on the east coast.
- Free camp shirt included with price of camp.
- More details TBA
- Suggested Packing List here
- Camp is sponsored by the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners, Still Hollow, and Big Timber Brewing
What Folks are Saying:
I learned so many interesting facts about the world around us that I will definitely take with me, but I also learned how wonderful it can be to be a part of a group in which everyone gives their all and wants to have a great time no matter the challenging situations or the rainy days. – camp participant
I learned about who I am as a person and that if I look within myself I can find some of the strength and courage that I’ve felt was missing from me. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp
In this program I was able to be my own leader, which has allowed me to see the ways in which I can improve myself and the ways in which I am strong. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp
I love the freedom at this camp. It doesn’t feel like a structured camp with strict rules. We are free to have fun and learn in our own ways while still effectively accomplishing the goals of the program. – camper
The staff were terrific helping us coordinate what camp would fit us best. So patient and understanding. My daughter had a wonderful week and learned so much and made memories and friends. Great experience! – Kristin Potts
The mountain stewards camp is a wonderful, fun, confidence and skill building experience every kid should go through! – Sandy Frank
Mountain Stewards at Experience Learning is a fantastic week-long summer camp for kids who like the outdoors (or who WILL like the outdoors after this wonderful experience!) Stewardship of our natural resources, self-reliance, leadership, and fellowship, are all integral to this program. My daughter LOVES this camp, and that makes me a happy dad. Experience Learning also has great programs for learners of all ages. I recently completed an excellent Wilderness First Aid course at their wonderful Spruce Knob Mountain Center. Check it out! – Mark Wenzler
I learned to trust myself more and not be afraid to advocate for myself. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp