Retreat Center

Retreat Center

The ZAP Endurance Running Center is a state-of-the-art retreat center located on 68 acres in the mountains of North Carolina just outside of Blowing Rock. In addition to hosting Adult Running Vacations our facility also operates as a group retreat center. Our main building houses our resident elite athletes and corporate offices. Additionally, we have a full weight training facility and dining area. Across the breezeway visitors and guests stay in our 24-bed lodge in double and single rooms.


Outside you’ll enjoy the peace and quiet of the Blackberry Valley. You can relax on our covered deck or take a soak in the hot tub. For those of you with sore legs take a dip in the cool headwaters to the Yadkin River. A 12 minute drive will take you to the quaint mountain town of Blowing Rock. Blowing Rock offers great shops and restaurants as well as 26 miles of carriage trails at Moses Cone Park. Nearby you can cycle on or hike the many trails off the Blue Ridge Parkway, visit Grandfather Mountain, or explore the small towns in the High Country.

While we are located just minutes outside of Blowing Rock our physical address is:

9560 Blackberry Rd.
Lenoir, NC 28645

If you are flying from around the country the best airport to fly into is typically Charlotte. It is located approximately 1hr 45min from our facility. However, Greensboro, Asheville, and the Tri-Cities airport in Johnson City are all roughly a 2 hour drive from our retreat center. If you are attending camp and will need a ride from the airport we do provide transportation for $75 each way. We will do our best to combine pickups when possible so campers can split the transportation cost.

Rates and Availability

The ZAP Facility is open for use from March through November as a retreat center. Our location is ideal for all kinds of group retreats or getaways. The mountains are a popular place to visit during the summer months where it remains cool. Additionally, later in the year the fall foliage is stunning. In the past our retreat center has hosted high school and college teams for their pre-season training camps. We also host corporate retreats, church retreats, weekend getaways for a group of friends, and triathlon and cycling camps.

We offer lunch and dinner prepared by our chef to groups of 10 or more at a rate of $15 per person for lunch and $20 per person for dinner.

Our Rates for 2019 are $65/person per night for lodging

Please call for more information and availability.


Our facility is a 24 bed lodge with wood floors throughout all the rooms and carpet in the main lounge area. The rooms are equipped with comfortable double pillow-top twin beds. Most of the rooms have 2 beds for double occupancy. However, we do have a limited number of single rooms with just one bed. Each room shares a full bathroom with an adjacent room, with the exception of 2 private bath suites reserved for couples. Our running vacation guests will be provided sheets and towels for their stay. We have a coin operated washer and dryer on site along with a refrigerator dedicated to personal use for guests. The adjacent building includes our dining room, weight room, and our administrative offices.