Run SMART Retreat (SOLD OUT)

The 7th Annual Run SMART Retreat is sold out yet again. This year 30 guests from across the world will descend on our running mecca of Flagstaff, AZ, for a running vacation of a lifetime.


  • Featured guest speaker, Dr. Jack Daniels, named “The World’s Be10403217_10153213160936383_3801662913021564028_nst Coach” by Runner’s World
  • Daily runs guided by Run SMART coaches through scenic mountain trails
  • Nutrition for runners with professional runner Alicia Shay
  • Shoe fitting and gait analysis
  • Restorative yoga
  • A once in a lifetime run at the Grand Canyon

2014 Retreat Dates Are Set!


We’re dreaming of summer running amongst the aspens in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ. We hope this thought brings solace during all those chilly morning runs this winter. Today, we’re publicly announcing our new dates for the annual Run SMART Retreat – August 3rd-August 8th.

We’re only offering one week this year due to our commitment towards building our new high school camp in Colorado. We expect this to fill up fast so save your spot today! More information available on our retreat page below:

Alicia On Meal Timing

One of the big takeaways from Alicia’s “Nutrition for Runners” workshop was meal timing and the difference it can make in one’s training and general well being. Here’s Alicia’s quick recap after her talk with the group out at the Run SMART Retreat…

To receive nutrition consultation from Alicia check out Run SMART’s Nutrition for Runners service.

Run SMART Retreat 2012: The Week That Was

By Erin Strout

Wise words and fascinating stories from an Olympian and her coach. Long runs on a few of the most-scenic trails in the country. Expert nutrition advice for athletes. Delicious dinners. New friends…and lots of fun. And who could forget the Grand Canyon?! The first of two Run SMART retreats in Flagstaff, Ariz., included all of that and more.

Part vacation, part running camp, the Run SMART Retreat experience left attendees rejuvenated and armed with the latest-and-greatest ingredients for a successful training season ahead (including endless amounts of GU products and Saucony gear).

Nutrition For Runners Tweetathon

Last week we live-tweeted Alicia Shay’s Nutrition for Runners Q&A during Week 1 of our Run SMART Retreats. For those who couldn’t make it we’ve recapped some of our favorite tweets below. We learn something new every year from this talk and wanted to share some of the valuable information that Alicia shared with the group. Hope you can join us next year and to keep the conversation going weigh in on our Nutrition for Runners Urtak at the bottom of this post.

Quick note: these tweets were just a quick summary of Alicia’s answers in the context of a conversation she was having with our attendees.

AS: If you blindly take supplements you are putting expensive urine in the toilet. Work w/your doctor.

Message From Our Retreat Director Mike Smith

Mike Smith is Director of Running Vacations at The Run SMART Project. Below he sets the stage for our running retreats this summer in Flagstaff, AZ, (July 15th-20th, July 22nd-27th). Registration is now open. Hope you can join us in July!


Our summer retreats are absolutely amazing weeks: 20 runners from all across the country in one of the best locations to run on earth, educational and motivational speakers, world class coaches and Olympic athletes, excellent all inclusive dining, Sedona, Grand Canyon, endless soft trails, and great “summer in the mountains” weather.

Registration Now Open For 4th Annual Run SMART Running Retreat!

Flagstaff, AZ – July 15th-20th and July 22nd-27th

What does a dream vacation for a runner look like? How about a week in Flagstaff, AZ with the “World’s Greatest Coach,” scenic mountain trails and a once in a lifetime run along the Grand Canyon? Who says camp is just for kids?

Learn more about our retreat experience and watch our brand new video trailer!

Winter Running Camp – A Runner’s Dream Vacation

Join us at the Run SMART Retreat this winter in Scottsdale, AZ from February 26th to March 2nd, 2012. Our six-day “running vacation” seeks to develop the complete marathon runner.

Our winter retreat is designed for anyone training for a spring marathon or looking to learn more about how to train properly for a marathon in general. With average highs reaching 77 degrees, Scottsdale offers a perfect backdrop to help you escape your winter training at a critical time in your marathon build-up.


  • Marathon training lecture w/legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels
  • Marathon nutrition w/Alicia Shay
  • Marathon track workout designed and led by Dr. Jack Daniels
  • Daily training runs guided by Run SMART coaches through scenic running trails and paths

Official Run SMART Retreat Trailer Unveiled (VIDEO)

We’d like to give a big thanks to Brianna Torres and her crew for collecting all the highlights from this year’s sold out running retreat and packaging them into an amazing video.

We’ve opened up a few more weeks for 2012, including a week focused on marathon preparation in Scottsdale this coming winter. We wanted to provide an opportunity to anyone training for a spring marathon to escape to a warmer climate for a week, refresh your training and learn from some of the top coaches to help you prepare for your goal race.

For more information check out:  /coaching/retreat