Sitting beneath the San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona is the mountain town of Flagstaff, a perennial in “best places to live” lists, and home of McMillan Running. Blessed with year-round sunshine, miles and miles of running paths and awe-inspiring views, you’ll love getting away from the hustle and bustle of life for a relaxing getaway in the mountains focused on all things running.
Running Getaway - Flagstaff Itinerary
JUNE 8-11, 2017
DAY 1 (Thursday)
We start the camp in the afternoon (3pm) with an easy run at Buffalo Park, where you'll run with magnificent views of the San Francisco Peaks. Later, we'll meet at a downtown eatery for social time, good eats and an opening talk. Greg will walk you through the McMillan training system and how your unique traits as a runner should inform your training for optimal results.
DAY 2 (Friday)
Day 2 begins with an easy run on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System. Later, you meet with our physiotherapist to learn our strength and injury-proofing routine. For lunch, we'll head to downtown Flagstaff where you can grab a bite to eat and relax. In the afternoon, you'll meet with our nutrition coach and our mental coach then we have an optional group dinner at one of our favorite eateries.
DAY 3 (Saturday)
Day 3 begins with a focus on running form. We head to the university track and you'll learn our warm-up routine and the best drills to improve your running form. We'll also shoot video of you running so we can then do a form analysis and provide tips on how to improve your form. Later, you learn more from our coaches in our breakout sessions. The day will wrap up with a casual group dinner at Coach Greg McMillan's home.
DAY 4 (Sunday)
The final day begins with a run at A-1 Mountain - a famous training ground for the Olympians that train in Flagstaff. After the run, we'll treat you to brunch at our friend's top-rated restaurant before you head home or off to explore more of Arizona (Grand Canyon, Sedona, etc.).
Meet Your Camp Coaches:
THE MCMILLAN RUNNING COACHES
McMillan Running coaches understand the science of running, with degrees in exercise science/physiology and multiple running coach certifications. They've been there & done that as runners themselves: from track to trail, 1 mile to 100 miles, Olympic stadiums to mountains high, and national champions at various distances, surfaces and age groups. And they are runners like you, with families, injuries, challenges and triumphs. You won't meet a more experienced, accomplished, fun group of coaches. Come run with us.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Flagstaff?
American Airlines flies into Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG), while most major U.S. domestic airlines fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX). PHX is 2.5 hours from Flagstaff and Arizona Shuttle provides daily service from the airport to downtown Flagstaff. Campers may also choose to rent their own vehicle.
Will I need my own transportation once I’m in Flagstaff?
We’ve found many people rent their own car in order to explore the area during down time or before/after the camp. Because of this, we do not have a group van to transport all campers together. We encourage & coordinate carpooling amongst the group and the starting location for all runs are within the city of Flagstaff with the exception of Sunday’s run, which starts approximately 4 miles outside of town. Group meals are also within town.
Are accommodations included in the registration?
Accommodations are not included in the cost of registration because we found that there are many personal preferences based on needs, price, hotel loyalty programs, etc. Flagstaff has a variety of hotel/motel options and AirBnB/VRBO listings. Most of our runs, planned meals and meetings happen on the west side of town, as a point of reference for your accommodation search.
What should I pack?
□ Running clothes for 4 days
□ Warm/Sunny weather gear for running: shorts, short sleeves, hat, sunscreen, water bottle
□ Pre/during/post-run fuel if you have a preference (we’ll have GenUCAN drinks & bars on hand)
□ Personal water bottle
□ Casual clothes for “classroom” sessions and meals in town (Flagstaff is laid back!). Think layers for this time of year!
What is the weather like in Flagstaff at this time of year?
Late spring is a beautiful time of year in Northern Arizona: fresh mountain air as you run through the forest…ah! Daytime temps are typically in the high 70s-lower 80s and evening temps will be in the low 50s. Conditions are usually dry and sunny.
Do you accommodate dietary restrictions/preferences?
Absolutely. We’re able to meet all dietary preferences with the wonderful food selections in Flagstaff. Let us know what you need/want in the pre-camp questionnaire and we’ll get it all squared away!
Can you remind me again what’s included in the price of the camp?
Your registration fee covers 4 days of guided runs, lectures, video form analysis and interactive, small group learning sessions on all things running with the experts at McMillan Running. It also includes the opening social/dinner, the group dinner at Coach Greg McMillan’s house, and Sunday brunch after the long run. Gen UCAN drinks and snacks will be provided at each of the runs. Campers will also receive a schwag bag chock full of good stuff.
How much time will I actually get with the McMillan Running coaches?
We focus on a 4:1 camper: coach ratio. You’ll have time to connect & learn from McMillan Running coaches during scheduled sessions, on the trail and during our social/meal functions.
Is this camp only for more elite and/or competitive runners?
Not at all! The camp is for people of all abilities, speeds, distances and experience levels. The common denominator of all campers is that they are there to learn more about how they can improve as a runner in one of the top running meccas in the United States.
What are the runs like?
The runs are on community trails and forest service roads in and around Flagstaff that are soft surfaces (decomposed granite and dirt, not too technical but not completely smooth). People can run for up to 60 minutes for each run (and up to 2 hours on Sunday), and coaches & camp staff will be scattered throughout the group at running paces from faster to slower (e.g., 7 min/mile to 12 min/mile). Sunday is a longer run where athletes can go up to 2 hours, if they choose.
I’m training for a race. Can I follow my training program while at camp?
Depending on the workout, we can usually accommodate what you need. However, Flagstaff is at 7,000 ft so we recommend not doing a key workout if you are at altitude for only a few days. It’s always best to check with your coach, if you work with one (& we have a few that we’d recommend, if you don’t!).
Will we have free time to explore Flagstaff and the surrounding area, like the Grand Canyon?
Camp is structured to be full days on Friday and Saturday, with a few hours of free time around lunchtime on each day. Thursday & Sunday are half-days and best for longer excursions to places like the Grand Canyon or Sedona. We also recommend staying a couple of extra days to truly enjoy those & many more of our awesome outdoor spots in Northern Arizona!
I’ll be traveling with someone. Can they attend the runs and meals, or a couple of the sessions?
Guests can attend the runs and meals after signing a liability waiver. There is a per person charge for each organized meal attended. If they’ll be attending a session in addition to the runs and meals, they will need to register as an attendee.
I’m coming from sea level. What is it like to run at 7,000 ft?
Running at altitude will be different than sea level–there’s no getting around the fact that there’s less oxygen! Therefore, we encourage campers to let go of pace and focus on effort.
The other important component is to stay hydrated. Flagstaff is high desert and conditions are dry. You may not be sweating as much but fluid replacement is just as important. We’ll have water and Generation UCAN at the end of each run but particularly on the long run you should prepare to carry fluids.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations more than 21 days out from camp will receive a full refund, minus a $100 administrative processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 21 days of the start of camp. Campers can also defer their registration to a later camp date or transfer their registration to another individual. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in need of a deferral, transfer or a cancellation.