We like to think this Runcation has it all. The Alps of Slovenia, the Dolomites of Italy, Spa Hotels, Alpine Lakes, and Castles. Join us on this running vacation as we cross through the highlights of the Italian Dolomites and Slovenia on this week-long adventure. Each night of the running retreat is spent in comfortable hotels 3 and 4-star hotels with wellness options and creative accommodations inspired by the natural beauty of the area. We start the trip with guided trail running on the awe-inspiring mountain trails of the Italian Dolomites, including a hotel to hotel traverse of some of the most spectacular parts of the Italian Dolomites. This trail running portion is a traverse of some of our favorite trails, towns, and vistas of the Dolomites, from Sellaronda to the Cinque Torri. For part two, it’s all about perfectly runnable level paths along the turquoise valleys and lakes of Slovenia in Triglav National park. Our afternoons here are spent paddle boarding, swimming, or indulging in a lakeside beverage at a castle. We'll run along a lake that was voted one of the top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world and spend the evenings lakeside with views of the Julian Alps. This running trip includes private transport to bring you to a different location, trailhead, and hidden gem each day of the trip. All logistics, accommodation, and experienced guides included, so you’re free to soak it up and enjoy the Runcation.
This running adventure holiday is open to ages 15 and up of various levels. Must be able to complete 7-15 miles/day of hiking/running. Two days of the trip including running at altitude with including 3,000-5,000 feet of elevation gain per day, while the rest of the mileage is shorter and flatter with between 500-1,500 feet per day. It is suggested that you be able to maintain an average pace of 15-20 minutes/mile for the mountain running days. Optional 12-week training package available from an experienced running coach to ensure you're trained and ready to go for this adventure of a lifetime!
This trip requires a minimum of 8 to run. Please do not purchase flights until confirming with retreat organizer.
Roundtrip transportation from Cortina d'Ampezzo at the start to Venice at the end
Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations
A 8:1 ratio of guide to participants
Baggage transport from accommodations while we run hotel to hotel
Private transport each day between locations
Knowledgable guide and running coach along the entire route
Special bonus adventures including a guided trail run tours and wellness options
Excellent varied delicious and nutritious breakfast spreads included daily
Alcoholic beverages and lunch/snacks during the day
Must have a valid passport valid through 6 months upon date of travel.
Must have travel insurance prior to start of trip.
While there are guides to accommodate every pace of attending runner, this trip requires participants to be able to run/hike for 7-14 miles on trails at a time. 2 days of the trip take place in mountainous environments at elevation including 2,000-5,000 feet of ascent during the running portion. The remainder of the trip includes runs with <1,000 feet of elevation gain. Training for this trip is essential in order to be able to complete and enjoy the trip. It is highly recommended that you participate in the 12-week group training program designed specifically for this trip as a package add-on to ensure you're able to tackle the trails and get maximum enjoyment of this running retreat!
Although the weather in late summer is often ideal, weather in the mountains is variable and trail conditions are subject to change on an hourly basis! Route subjective to change based on the safety of conditions and climate of the trail.
Day 1: Our trip will start the afternoon of Day 1 with a meeting in Cortina d'Ampezzo. The town of Cortina is set like a crown jewel as it sits surrounded by some of the most spectacular peaks of the Dolomites by all sides. It's also been selected as the host of the 2026 Olympic Games! We'll start with a meet-and-greet and orientation meeting to meet the guides and go over the logistics and itinerary of the upcoming week before you're free to enjoy the town for the evening. Multiple easy transportations are available to Cortina from Venice.