Miles of sandy beach, sunshine, endless bike paths, Southern hospitality, poolside fire pits, beachfront sunrises: After two amazing running Retreats overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, we have answered the siren song to return again to beautiful Hilton Head Island, just off the South Carolina coast.
Whether you want to learn more about running from experts; hang with co-founders/podcast hosts Dimity and Sarah; participate in a half- or quarter-marathon on beautiful bike paths; do soothing recovery yoga; be part of a podcast recording; croon karaoke in the hotel’s quaint Tiki Hut; or befriend other BAMRs (bad*ss mother runners), you will be delighted by the extended-weekend offerings.
Join a bevy of BAMRs for the 4-day, 3-night Run + Refresh Retreat on Hilton Head Island, Friday, November 3 – Monday, November 6, 2023.
To see pics from our 2022 Hilton Head running Retreat, head to our Instagram Highlights—and be prepared for FOMO!
We couldn’t make this up: Hilton Head Island is shaped like a running shoe! With wide, fine-sand beaches, a vast network of paved bike paths, abundant natural beauty, and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, Hilton Head Island offers a relaxing and welcoming vibe that makes it a perfect vacation destination.
The Beach House is Hilton Head’s only beachside boutique hotel—and the property is undergoing many renovations in early 2023, so it’ll be better than it has been on our previous two running Retreats! This property is literally a stone’s (seashell’s!?) throw from the beach and offers amazing views of daily sunrises.
Whether you’re up for sampling Lowcountry cuisine at the Porch Southern Kitchen & Bar, listening to live music daily at the Tiki Hut, hanging out at the outdoor fire pits to gab with other gals, or chilling on Coligny Beach just beyond the large pool deck, there are endless ways to kick back and have a truly memorable, oceanfront escape.
A half-marathon and quarter-marathon (6.55 miles) race will once again be the cornerstone of our running Retreat. We’ll take part in the lovely Hilton Head Half-Marathon and Quarter-Marathon, run by a trusted local race organizer.
The Hilton Head Half/Quarter route is on leisure paths and one-lane roads parallel to the beach, with the start/finish in a park just across from our host hotel.
The race has a lively post-race party and, best of all, Dimity and her cheer-gang will once again set up a cheer-tunnel for an energy-filled finish like you’ve never experienced! (Truly.)
The first evening of the running Retreat kicks off with a beachside welcome reception, complete with a Dimity-led icebreaker or two. Our traditional final-night, post-race celebratory dinner is held at the famous Tiki Hut (being completely updated in early 2023), also right on the beach. (Sensing a theme?) We’ll celebrate our accomplishments–and new friendships–with tasty food, adult beverages, and special desserts, then sing and dance like mothers as we karaoke the night away.
In between, you’ll be treated to plenty of other delicious meals, including a pre-race dinner to set you up for a great performance.
Hilton Head is a barrier island graced by weathered live oak and cypress trees draped with Spanish moss and countless Palmetto trees (the S.C. state tree). In your down time, you can explore the beautiful island on a bike ride (rental bikes abound) or a beach stroll. Or you can follow the lead of some of our 2022 Retreaters by renting kayaks for a guided tour of an inland waterway. Browse nearby boutiques for that perfect “what’d you bring me, Mom?!” souvenir. A delightful coffee shop with tasty baked goods is a short walk from our host hotel.
The final schedule will be available about six weeks pre-Retreat, but be assured it’ll include all of the fun things we have done in the past, plus some new additions. Group runs; strength classes; expert-led sessions; 1:1 advice sessions with coaches, Dimity, and Sarah; podcast recording party; karaoke; race; and many more ways to experience all that an AMR Retreat has to offer. Above all else, it’s a (sunny) escape from daily life with friends, old and new!
Check out the 2022 Hilton Head Retreat schedule to get a sense of how the weekend (and fun!) flows.