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Friday, October 21, 2005
Travel Time:
May 2005

Peripheral Information:
Wonderful spring weather in Winter Park. At an altitude of over 9000ft the weather can be iffy at this time of year in the mountains.
Reviewer Background:
I used to live in Winter Park and spent many hours running and mt. biking on the trails. I LOVE the trail system in Winter Park and the Fraser Valley, CO!
Review:
Just back from a wonderful Women's Quest Performance Running Retreat in Winter Park, CO (my old playground!). From Wednesday-Sunday women from all over the country stayed at the Woodspur Lodge and trained with the likes of Colleen Cannon (world class triathlete and owner of Women's Quest), Lorraine Moller (Olympic Medal Winner in the Women's Marathon, Barcelona 1992), and Syl (professional runner and triathlete).

Sure, Winter Park and the Fraser Valley offers over 500 miles of mapped trails and is a mt. biker and trail runners heaven, but the running retreat, co-sponsored by Brooks, offered much more than daily runs.

Each day began with Gyro Yoga followed by 1.5 hour trail runs, running drills, indoor sessions on nutrition, running techniques and proper shoe fit, mental awareness and "Hero’s Quest" sessions, pyramid training, pilates, Ropes Confidence Course, mountain biking, swimming and of course great food and fun.
On Sunday the group heads down to Boulder to prepare for the annual Bolder Boulder 10 Km race held on Memorial Day. With over 46,000 runners expected we’ll catch up with the gals post race.

Best Time to Travel:
Summer for running and biking. Winter for skiing and snowshoeing

Reviewed by Kathy Dragon

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