Sprinting into Summer Vacation
ZAP Endurance Running Vacations are ideal for runners of all ages and with any type of goal, be it performance or fitness. Looking to run your first 5k?…Improve your marathon? Come to the mountains and achieve your goals!
Blue Ridge Running Vacation
At The Blowing Rock Conference Center
Retreat to the Blue Ridge Mountains to relax, enjoy your running being the focus of your days, and explore all the high country has to offer this week. This week is perfect for beginners and experienced runners alike with daily runs catered to all levels as well as plenty of time to relax in the mountains while escaping the summer heat. We will touch on all aspects of training, including nutrition, strength training, running form, the mental side, as well as give you an individualized video analysis. Additionally, you will be treated to a relaxing tubing excursion down the scenic South Fork of the New River. Our goal with this week, as with all of our running vacations, is to create an informative and truly unique running experience.
For updated COVID-19 protocols see the FAQ below.
At Blowing Rock Conference Center
Planning on a fall marathon? Whether it is your 1st or your 10th, this is the perfect camp for you. Be it New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Twin Cities, Hartford, Steamtown, or the Berlin Marathon this running vacation is designed to help you set up your fall training and put you on the right track for a great marathon experience. In our full marathon week we will have a fully supported long run, answer all your marathon related questions from nutrition to mileage, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn from our team of professional athletes. In addition to our daily runs and thorough training seminars you’ll have plenty of time to relax, explore the quaint mountain town of Blowing Rock and get to know both our staff and fellow attendees.
For updated COVID-19 protocols see the FAQ below.
Half Marathon & Marathon Weekend
At Chetola Resort
Looking to make the most of your training or simply learn more about how to best approach the half or full? This weekend in September is another opportunity to kick off or put the final touches on your fall half marathon or full marathon training. In addition, for first timers, this weekend is an excellent introduction to these unique distances. In this 4 day running vacation we will answer all your questions from nutrition to mileage as well as share some tips on how to mentally and physically prepare yourself in the final weeks before the big day. This weekend provides a unique twist on our typical running vacation as you will have the opportunity to enjoy the first-class treatment and accommodations Chetola Resort has to offer.
For updated COVID-19 protocols see the FAQ below.
Running Vacations FAQs
What is your COVID-19 Policy?
We are requiring all ZAP Endurance Running Vacation attendees to be fully vaccinated this summer. All of our staff and athletes will be vaccinated as well. There will still be times during your vacation where you will be asked to wear a mask, at a minimum to comply with facility guidelines. We will not require mask wearing while running. We will follow the facility policies as well as CDC guidelines in implementing mask wearing during the week / weekend. We will provide more details on this as we get closer to the dates for each session.
What is included with my registration cost?
All your food and lodging are included with the price. Not included in the price are the optional massage or chiropractic work. If you would like a single room there is an additional $185 charge that can be selected during registration as long as the single rooms are available. Optional services such as massage & spa treatments will be additional costs. We will be offering an airport shuttle service to and from the Charlotte airport for $40 each way, or $80 round trip. The shuttle will depart the Charlotte airport at 12:45pm on the day the session begins and will depart for the airport at 10:00am on the final day of the session. The airport is approximately 1hr 45min from Blowing Rock.
What is the cancellation policy?
This year, due to Covid-19, the $300 deposit required to reserve your place in camp will be refundable (less the registration and processing fees of $5.60 + 4.57% of the amount paid) if your registration is cancelled before June 1, 2021. You will be invoiced for any remaining balance due on May 15, 2021. Any remaining balance must be paid in full by June 1, 2021 or your registration will be cancelled. After June 1, 2021 the full payment is non-refundable.
What does a day at ZAP look like?
We have a sample schedule available under the description for each week or weekend on the Running Vacation page.
Do I have to share a room?
No, we have a limited number of single rooms available at both the Blowing Rock Conference Center and Chetola Resort for an additional cost of $185. All single rooms come with a private, full bathroom.
- Where are you located?
What airport should I fly into?
The closest, and typically most affordable airport, is Charlotte Douglas International airport. It is located approximately 1hr 45min drive from Blowing Rock. Greensboro, Asheville, and Bristol (TN) are also located approximately 2 hours away. We will be offering a shuttle service to and from the Charlotte airport for $40 each way, or $80 round trip. The shuttle will depart the Charlotte airport at 12:45pm on the day the session begins and will depart for the airport at 10:00am on the final day of the session.
How fast do I need to be to come to ZAP?
This is the biggest concern for most people, and we cannot emphasize this enough – we have all abilities attend every session. We have everyone from true beginners who run/walk to those who qualify for Boston every year and everything in between. All of the runs are at your own pace and there is absolutely no speed requirement to come, learn and enjoy some fantastic runs.
What is the average age of attendees?
We have everyone from runners in the early to mid-20’s to their upper 70’s. Our average age is 40-50.
What is the session capacity?
Our capacity for each session is between 28-34 people.
How can I contact someone with other questions?
Please feel free to contact us with any questions at: email@example.com or call 828-295-6196
What to expect from your Running Vacation
The summer of 2021 will be our 19th year of ZAP Running Vacations and we are excited about 2 new locations, the Blowing Rock Conference Center (Blue Ridge Week & Marathon Week) and Chetola Resort (Half & Full Marathon Weekend). The rooms at the Conference Center are equipped with 2 comfortable full beds. There are a limited number of single rooms available for an additional fee. Each room has it’s own full bathroom. You can find more information on the Conference Center’s amenities and housing here.
At Chetola guests will stay in 3-4 bedroom condos located in the 78-acre resort. Most bedrooms have a single king or queen bed while some have 2 twin beds. Each bedroom has it’s own bathroom, and the condos have shared living spaces. The ZAP condos are adjacent to each other and a short walk to Moses Cone Park. You can find more information on Chetola’s amenities and housing here. All of our running vacation guests will be provided sheets and towels for their stay.
Come join us in the mountains, and work towards your goals in an idyllic setting surrounded by runners who love this sport as much as you do. Here’s what to expect from your running vacation:
- Daily Runs with our staff and athletes
- All-Inclusive experience
- Access to a massage therapist
- Personalized Coaching
- Expert staff to lecture on training theory, programs, nutrition, and more
- Time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area
- Organized Excursions and more!
Why come? A campers experience
What was your experience like at ZAP Endurance?
I have attended eight ZAP Fitness camps or its predecessor, Maine Running Camp. The first year I attended I kept notes from each lecture or seminar I attended. With all my previous running experience, I could not believe how much I learned. Eight years later, I have the same notebook. It is filled with notes from every talk from each year’s camp. I’ll take it with me when I return this July.
Because of the magnificent mountain trails, the running is invigorating and relaxing. All runs are flexible to meet the needs of each runner.
With the running, seminars and other activities, there is still plenty of time to relax and enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains and Blackberry Canyon. Although there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, nothing is mandatory, not even the runs. You set your own schedule and no one bothers you. I always find time for a late afternoon nap in the hammock. Remember, it is a vacation.
Why did you decide to go?
I had taken some time off from running and I was looking for something to get me started back. The scenery around the camp looked beautiful and the dirt carriage running trails were inviting. The price was extremely affordable. The pleasant surprise was the amount I learned about running, fitness, diet, strength and stretching, and race tactics. The most unforeseen plus was the friendships I made with other campers. At the Rocket City Marathon last December I ran into a member of the camp staff from 1999. I immediately started recalling his talk on running and aging and how his points had come true as I have gotten older. I travel a great deal on business and I occasionally get to run with someone I met from camp who lives in another state. I have even been in the wedding party of a couple I met at camp.
What has it done for you?
Listening to running greats like Bill Rodgers and legendary coaches who attended ZAP, I have improved my running and fitness. Two years ago I learned a new approach to running hills and it has helped my racing. Also, I am better at avoiding injury. I have developed a better understanding of the history of the sport and a keener sense of its perspective.
The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. At the end of camp, each person sits with one of the coaches and develops a personalized running program.
Also, I have a network of running friends throughout the world that I keep in touch with or get a chance to visit on occasion.
Why would you recommend someone to the camp?
The purpose of camp is to improve your running. Your goal could be anything from setting PR’s to qualifying for the Boston Marathon to running your first 5K. Many people think they are not good enough to attend a running camp. At ZAP it is not about how good you are, it’s about how good you want to be. Take a look at the camp photos on the ZAP website. You’ll find someone in those pictures who resembles you.
Our Summer Staff
Each summer we at ZAP bring you a diverse, well informed and energetic staff. Our knowledgeable staff and guest speakers will educate and challenge you to be your best. Our 2021 staff includes…