Badas$ mother runner, we cordially invite you and your best running friends to join us for our 2018 AMR Retreat: Run + Refresh. Whether you want to rev your engine at a challenging race, release your body with foam rolling, hone healthy eating habits, or befriend a bevy of other BAMRs, you will be delighted by the extended-weekend’s offerings in gorgeous Utah!
New Retreat location for 2018--and a new season. Next spring, we are convening in Ogden, Utah, at the Hampton Inn & Suites Ogden. The friendly, informative fun starts on Thursday, May 17 and culminates on Sunday, May 20. We’ll run, gab, laugh, eat tasty food, drink craft beer (or cocktails in a renovated speakeasy!), sleep on luxurious beds, share racing advice, showcase how to decrease the risk of running injuries (and banish those niggling aches and pains!) and increase your speed, impart nutritional wisdom, and reinvigorate your passion for our beloved sport.
And—AND—we will be participating in the race-distance-of-your-choice at the Ogden Marathon: You choose from 26.2 (!!), 13.1, 5K, or a marathon relay team. All the races are stunningly beautiful and largely downhill through a canyon, complete with two waterfalls! The races will be the culmination of a Train Like a Mother Club program so we all get to celebrate the finish line together, in person, after getting to know each other through a private Facebook page for Retreat participants.
We're going to let previous AMR Retreaters chime in (their quotes are sprinkled throughout this page), but here’s the sweetened, condensed version of our 2018 women's running retreat: Our goal is for you to leave the AMR Retreat feeling refreshed, inspired, informed, connected, supported, and fired up for many more miles.
A Few FAQs
Some Q+A's to break down the details into bite-size pieces.
When is the spring 2018 Retreat? May 17-20, 2018
Where is it? In Ogden, Utah, a charming historic city about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, offering breathtaking views of the Wasatch Mountains. The lovely Hampton Inn & Suites Ogden in the downtown will be our base camp for the Retreat.
What level runner do I have to be to attend? Newbies to ultra-marathoners are all welcome. In order to get the most out of the Retreat, it will be helpful if you can cover 3 miles in run/walk intervals, regardless of pace.
What does the schedule look like? The Ogden Marathon and all its race options is the cornerstone of the Retreat, so we’re planning around that Saturday morning race. Check out the complete schedule of our 2017 Retreat in a nifty PDF; we'll have a 2018 schedule finalized about 6 weeks prior to the Retreat. In the meantime, here's a rundown:
We’ll kick things off Thursday afternoon with an educational session, then an evening party to get to know each other a bit AND do a live recording of the AMR podcast!
Friday morning will start with a shake-out run (2-5 miles on the lovely riverside path) and a scrumptious breakfast buffet (the first of three for the weekend), followed by two educational sessions with experts who get the mother running lifestyle and concerns. Friday afternoon will feature a Nail Your Race--Physically + Mentally panel discussion lead by the Train Like a Mother Club folks--Dimity, Coach Amanda Loudin, sports psychologist Justin Ross, and Sarah.
Saturday morning will be the race (and celebration!), culminating in a BAMR-VIP gathering spot at the post-race party. After lunch and a shower, you can have a 1-on-1 advice session with Coach Amanda (Coach MK will be on maternity leave). Free time in the afternoon can be spent perusing historic 25th Ave. shops and cafes or some R&R, followed by an optional yoga session led by an instructor from And She's Dope Too, a cool women's adventure collective in Ogden. Both Friday and Saturday nights will be delicious, friendship-forming dinners, and Sunday morning we’ll wrap up our weekend with a celebratory group brunch.
Amanda Loudin, the TLAM Club coach of traditional programs and occasional AMR podcast co-host. Amanda is also a freelance writer whose work often appears in the Washington Post, Runner's World, and other publications.
Dr. Justin Ross, the TLAM Club sports psychologist, Boston Marathon qualifier, and father of two youngsters. "JRo" leads Perform Like a Mother programs in the TLAM Club, sharing well-honed mental skills training advice and insight.
A TriggerPoint Therapy Master Trainer will show you how to roll and release like a pro.
This is truly a dream team of experts. Whether you cover a mile in 14 minutes or half that time, your running—and your life—will benefit greatly by hanging around these inspirational, insightful folks for a weekend.
I'm a new runner. Will I fit in? Absolutely: You'll leave with a bunch of BRFs from around the country (and possibly the globe) who will virtually cheer you on through your upcoming miles and races!
I've run countless marathons. What will I get out of it? Along with the aforementioned BRFs (because you can never have too many!), you’ll learn from sessions on training schedules, injury prevention, fueling for running (and life!), racing, and living, and goal setting will add to your running arsenal. (And you can add Utah to your list of states you've run a marathon in, if you opt to run 26.2 as part of the Retreat!)
Do I have to be a mother to be a part of the Retreat? Not at all (and thanks for asking!): All women runners are welcome. Nothing mother-specific about the Retreat (except for the name of our brand!).
What’s up with Train Like a Mother Club program being incorporated into the build-up of the Retreat? First off, it’s up to Retreat’ers whether or not they participate in a Train Like a Mother Club program pre-Retreat.
I live in Ogden (or nearby). Can I join in the fun? You betcha. We welcome locals and out-of-towners alike.
Should I attend solo? Um, do we sweat when we run? Yes, yes, yes, attend solo! Promise, you'll have an army of running buddies within the first mile—or actually, first hours, as we already have some introductory games planned (pack your creativity!). You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy some much needed quiet in your room or exploring downtown Ogden. (And if we get a critical mass of knitters as we did at our 2017 Retreat, a trip to a yarn store and group knitting session might happen!)
What if I want to come with my BRF? We've got you covered and have options for rooms with two queen beds. And if you want to attend solo, the Retreat's private Facebook page can help you find a roomie to cut the cost of hotel.
What if I want to come with my posse of BRFs—and pretend this is a non-stop slumber party? Pack your PJ’s and bring 'em! The hotel has rooms with two queen beds in them. And, as the hotel's name states: They have suites, too! (Want to bunk solo? We suggest you opt for a room with a king-sized bed--that you'll have all to yourself ALL night long. Just sayin'...)
And if I attend with just me, myself, and I, can I get a roommate? Yes: Hold off on booking a room. Within 48 hours of registering for Retreat, you'll get invited to private Facebook group for Retreat. You can then post you are looking for a roomie; you should be able to find one pretty easily. Then decide which of you will book the room, and book your room at the Hampton Inn & Suites.
I've heard great things about the Ogden Marathon and half-marathon. What's the course like? The course is gorgeous and has a lovely amount of gradual downhill. For all the details, head to the marathon site. (Please know: Participation in the race is optional.)
Is there a limit on how many gals can attend? Yes, we want to ensure everyone has a memorable, meaningful experience, so we are limiting the spring 2018 Retreat to 55 women.
What's included in the package? Guided runs; all educational sessions; meals (breakfast on Friday + Saturday; a celebratory brunch on Sunday; lunch on Friday and Saturday; evening reception on Thursday; dinner on Friday and Saturday); and race registration for Ogden Marathon (distance of your choice). Travel to/from Ogden is not included, neither is lodging: You will book your posh, spacious digs at the Hampton Inn & Suites Ogden yourself. Shuttle transportation to and from Salt Lake City airport (a major hub airport serviced by numerous airlines) will not be provided. We will provide more details on options (there are several!) by the end of October. Laughter, camaraderie, and sweat: limitless—and free-flowing all Retreat long.
Just so I’m clear: Once I register for the Retreat, I should book a room at the host hotel, right? If only our children were as good at following directions as you are! Yes, you are correct: Lodging is not included, so you need to make your own hotel reservations. Our host hotel is the lovely Hampton Inn & Suites Ogden, and we have negotiated great room rates (which apply Wednesday, May 16-Monday, May 21). All the educational sessions and all breakfasts will take place at the Hampton Inn & Suites Ogden.
Do I need a rental car? Nope! Shuttle transportation to and from Salt Lake City airport (a major hub airport serviced by numerous airlines) will not be provided. We will provide more details on options (there are several!) by the end of October. The hotel has free bikes for guests to tool around town.
What time should I arrive in Salt Lake City then, sniff, sniff, depart on Sunday? We'll kick things off in early afternoon. Salt Lake City airport is about a 45-minute drive from Ogden, so plan on arriving in Salt Lake City by 11:00 a.m. or noon, at latest, on Thursday, May 17. The Retreat will wrap up around 11:30 on Sunday, so best to book a flight home that leaves at 2:30 p.m. or later.
Will there be swag, great running gear, and other surprises along the way? In the words of Minnesota-bred Dimity: You betcha! We want to keep some details secret, but you’ll definitely be swagged many of our favorites, including Nuun Hydration; GU Energy Gels, Chews, and Stroopwafels; Balega socks; Sweat X Sport detergent; and much more.
I'm in! Any price breaks on early registration? Why, YES, there is! Register before November 1, 2017, to save $50. (Current registration cost reflects this savings: On Nov. 1, price will increase $50.)
But what if "life" happens and I have to cancel? We know broken bones, business trips, and the unexpected can happen in any woman’s life. That's why we have cancellation terms with a mom's schedule in mind:
90 days or more prior to the start of the Retreat, you receive: 100% credit of the cost of the retreat toward a 2018 AMR Retreat or 100% full refund to original method of payment.
31-90 days prior to the start of the Retreat, you receive: 50% credit of the cost of the retreat toward our other 2018 AMR Retreat (in the fall on the East Coast) or 50% refund to original method of payment.
0-30 days prior to the start of the Retreat: No refunds or credits will be given.
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