2019 Dates Coming in November

Located at the base of Mt. Hood, at beautiful Mazama Lodge, the Mountain Running Camp is geared towards road and trail runners interested in taking their running to the mountain environment as well as honing their mountain running skills. This 2 1/2-day, 2-night camp will include:

  • group runs
  • a bootcamp
  • hill running clinic
  • mountain safety clinic
  • discussion of training plans and philosophies
  • mountain running movies
  • excellent instruction by top level runners
  • great food
  • all in a gorgeous setting!

Led by Yassine Diboun, Joelle Vaught, Amy Sproston, and Jason Leman, this camp will get you ready to confidently run and explore the mountains on your own. There will be a maximum of 20 participants. Some of the sessions will be held as a large group, while others will be split out into two groups of 10. We will adhere to wilderness regulation party size of 12 whenever we are in a wilderness area. There will always be a 5:1 student/instructor ratio. Transportation, meals (excellent quality, fresh foods, vegetarian and gluten-free available) are included, along with bunk-style lodging. Mazama Lodge is at appx. 1,500 ft. below historic Timberline Lodge. Runs will take place between 3,000 - 6,500 ft in elevation.

Prerequisites

By the start of the camp you should be able to walk/run for 3 hours and should have run 10 miles continuously on a road or trail. This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate runners and runners of all speeds are welcome. We have runners who return year after year as there is always something to new to learn and experience! 

Your instructors

Yassine Diboun lives in Portland, Oregon and is the co-owner of a local training and coaching company (Wy'east Wolfpack). His race credits include: a Top Ten finish at the 2013 Western States 100, second place overall in the 2013 Montrail Ultra Cup Series, 2nd place at the Gorge 50k in April 2016, and represented the USA at the IAU World Trail Championships in France in May of 2015. He enjoys working with beginners and experienced runners alike, and coaching them to reach their personal goals.

Amy Sproston, resides in Bend, Oregon and enjoys training on the lovely trails around Bend, including her local favorite, Smith Rock, where she also hopes to get back into climbing. Amy is equally at home in big mountain races as well as road races. She has four top ten finishes at the Western States 100, taking 2nd place in 2016, first place finishes at our local Beacon Rock 25k and Mt. Hood 50 miler, and wins at the Black Canyon 100k 2016, and HURT 100 in 2015. She also took first at the road 100km world championships in Italy in 2012. Amy loves to give back to the running community by teaching, doing trail work, and volunteering at local races.

Joelle Vaught lives in Boise, Idaho where she loves running all the amazing trails just outside her door and spending time with her 11 y/o son. She spends hours on the trails with her running partners and always her dogs! Joelle is a member of the Montrail Running Team and in the past 2 years has had the opportunity to not only race in the US but also in Australia and New Zealand. She has won a number of races in her years of running including Sonoma 50, Silver State 50, Run Rabbit Run 50, RONR 100K, Waldo 100K, Way Too Cool 50K, Foothills Frenzy 50K, Wilson Creek 50K, Pocatello 50, Peterson Ridge Rumble 40 mile, McCall 40 mile, and Hagg Lake 50K. She was the 100K National Champion in 2009. Most importantly, Joelle just enjoys adventures on the trail!

Jason Leman: As a child, I never really had the patience for endurance activities. Even in Yosemite, my parents had to bribe me with a stuffed animal for me to go hiking. But that was years ago, and a lot has changed since then. Running has slowly become a renewable resource of happiness, confidence, and community in my life. After my first 50k race in 2010, my desire to go further was insatiable until I finished my first 100 mile race in 2011. After proving that I could go the distance, my focus has since shifted on being smarter, healthier, stronger, and faster in my quest to reach my absolute potential in distances ranging from 50k to 100 miles. A few race results: 1st at McDonald Forest 50k 2015, 1st (and course record!) at Volcanic 50k 2014, 2nd place Hagg Lake 50k 2013 (3rd fastest time ever), 22nd at Western States 100 2014 in 18:36:51.

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet at the Mazama Mountaineering Center (527 SE 43rd Avenue, Portland, OR) at 1:15 p.m. Van will leave the MMC at 1:30 p.m. and arrive at Mazama Lodge (located just outside of at approximately 3 p.m. There will be time to grab a bunk, bask in the beauty of Mt. Hood, and potentially even enjoy a swim at a nearby lake as you get to known your camp mates before dinner.

Day 2: This will be a full day, including:

  • Dawn patrol run from 7–8 a.m.
  • Breakfast from 8–9 a.m.
  • Mountain safety course from 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Low intensity bootcamp circuit workout from 10:30–11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch from noon–1 p.m.
  • Siesta and rest time from 1–2 p.m.
  • Hill running clinic from 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Training plan, training philosophies, races, training groups discussion from 3:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Break
  • Dinner from 6–7 p.m.
  • Movies from 7–9 p.m.

Day 3: Breakfast at 7 a.m. After breakfast, you'll pack up and be shuttled up to Timberline Lodge to start your day. You’ll then run from Timberline Lodge (6,000 ft) to beautiful Ramona Falls (appx. 3,500 ft). Along the way you’ll travel through some stunning terrain along the Timberline Trail, including a loop through Paradise Park which affords unparalleled views of Mt. Hood. Run distance will be approx. 14 miles (but there will likely be a fair amount of power-hiking on the big hills!) You’ll be picked up at the Ramona Falls trailhead and transported back to the Mazama Mountaineering Center. You’ll be back in Portland between 3 – 6 p.m.

Tuition

$365 – includes transportation, two nights lodging at Mazama lodge (bunk style accommodations), all meals (vegetarian & gluten free available), and towel service. Everyone will have the opportunity to demo Petzl's reactive lighting headlamps.

Refund policy:

  • Before 4/15/2019 - full refund, less $65 administrative fee; between
  • 4/16/19 and 5/19/19 - $175 refund;
  • after 5/19/19 - We regret that we will be unable to process refunds after this time unless we can fill your spot. IF we are able to fill your spot, we can provide $165 refund.

Meals

The Mazama Lodge kitchen crew takes pride in serving food that is healthy, tasty, and accommodates special dietary needs. If you get hungry between meals we offer whole fruit and English Muffins with jam and peanut-butter and other tasty snacks. Nobody leaves Mazama Lodge hungry!

What you’ll need to bring

  • Some sort of running hydration pack so you can carry food, water, and a light layer on Sunday. Recommendations include Mountain Hardwear Fluid, Nathan HPL or Intensity, and the Ultraspire Spry. If you don’t already have one of your own, try to borrow one from a friend instead of purchasing as we’ll talk about the pros and cons of the different hydration packs during the weekend. There will be some demo packs for you to test "run."
  • Sleeping bag (it can be quite warm at Mazama Lodge in the summer. You won't need a heavy sleeping bag, and some people enjoy just sleeping in a lightweight sleepsack.)
  • Snacks, if desired
  • Running clothes – include layers in case of cold/wet weather
  • Running shoes
  • Lounging clothes for hanging out at the lodge
  • Basic items to shower
  • Indoor only shoes for the lodge
  • Bathing suit, if desired. We will likely head for a dip at Trillium Lake.

USDA Statement

USDA Special Use Permit Information and Non-Discrimination Statement

Mazamas Education Programs operate under a special use permit with the Mt. Hood National Forest. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Mazamas is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Mountain Running Camp Details

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Dates

2019 Camp dates will likely be sometime between the last weekend in July and the second weekend in August.

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Instructors

Yassine Diboun, Amy Sproston, Joelle Vaught, and Jason Leman.

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Location

Mazama Lodge at the base of Mt. Hood. Located at appx. 4,000 ft of elevation. Running takes places between 3–6,000 ft. of elevation.

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Accomodations

Mazama lodge is a mountain lodge. It has a lovely main area with a large fireplace and couches. Sleeping quarters are bunk style, with an option to sleep outside on one of the two outdoor decks, or to pitch a tent on the property. The lodge has space to sleep 75 so it is a large space. All meals and towel service are provided. 

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Required Gear
  • Some sort of running hydration pack so you can carry food, water, and a light layer on Sunday. There will be some demo packs for you to test "run."
  • Sleeping bag (it can be quite warm at Mazama Lodge in the summer. You won't need a heavy sleeping bag, and some people enjoy just sleeping in a lightweight sleepsack.)
  • Snacks, if desired
  • Running clothes – include layers in case of cold/wet weather
  • Running shoes
  • Lounging clothes for hanging out at the lodge
  • Basic items to shower
  • Indoor only shoes for the lodge
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Prerequisites

By the start of the camp you should be able to walk/run for 3 hours and should have run 10 miles continuously on a road or trail. This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate runners and runners of all speeds are welcome. We have runners who return year after year as there is always something to new to learn and experience! 

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Cost

$375. The running camp is all inclusive with high quality instructors, food, transportation, and lodging.

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Refund Policy

Before 4/15/2019 - full refund, less $60 administrative fee; between 4/16/19 and 5/19/18 - $175 refund; after 5/19/19 - We regret that we will be unable to process refunds after this time unless we can fill your spot. IF we are able to fill your spot, we can provide $165 refund.<br> 

Group at Ramona Falls