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rocky mountain running retreat

APRIL 30-MAY 3, 2020


Join us in beautiful Canmore for a running retreat tucked in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.  

While the majority of our coaching throughout the year is done online, we welcome runners from all over the world to stunning Canmore, Alberta, Canada for a long weekend of learning and running at the Rocky Mountain Running Retreat.

The Rocky Mountain Running Retreat we will be athlete driven.  


Throughout the weekend we will discuss and learn about:


  • Essential elements of endurance training

    • Stamina

    • Speed

    • Strength

    • Skill

    • Suppleness

    • Specificity

    • Sustenance

  • Running gait analysis for injury prevention

  • Daily and performance nutrition

  • Gaining confidence & competence on the trails.

  • And much more!



  • Participation in clinics and discussions

  • Peak Run Performance T-shirt

  • Strength training form instruction 

  • Running gait analysis

  • Snacks & beverages

  • Park & venue fees


Located just outside the world-famous Banff National Park with close access to the Calgary International Airport, Canmore is an ideal location for a running getaway. Runners will enjoy trails throughout the Canadian Rockies in and around Canmore.

* Transportation, meals, and lodging before, during, and after the retreat are not included in the retreat registration fee and are the responsibility of each attendee.

** There are a limited number of beds or rooms available for retreat attendees that can be purchased through the retreat registration site.


Throughout the weekend, retreat attendees will be working with applied scientist, biomechanics specialist and strength coach, Malc Kent.

Malc has worked with Nike, Adidas, Garmin, dorsaVi and Stryd in the development of heart rate monitors, performance sensors, power meters and gait analysis sensors and is currently the co-owner and developer for Runscribe

Malc has been involved with applying wearable technology for 7 years and focused on running gait analysis for 5 years. In that time he has performed over 2000 assessments and helped runners stay injury free for periods of 3 years or more. 

Athlete & Coaching Bios of Amy & Jacob Puzey

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Amy Golumbia Puzey has always been a mountain girl.  Her athletic career began early as a dancer, then swimmer, runner, and triathlete. Amy ran cross country and track in high school & university and went on to represent Canada internationally on multiple occasionas as a member of the Canadian Mountain Running team.  


Amy studied nursing and wholistic nutrition and worked for several years as a nutritionist.  Amy stepped away from working in nutrition full-time when she became the national race director of the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series.


Even as a busy parent and professional, Amy has won the Canadian Mountain Running Championships, the Grizzly Ultra, the TransRockies Run Run 3, the Cowtown Marathon and many other running events ranging from 10K to ultra distances on the roads and trails.

Jacob began running cross country as a middle schooler and ran cross country and track in high school and university where his collegiate cross country team won two national team titles.  

Jacob began coaching high school and college students during his undergraduate studies and began coaching, race and clinic directing full time upon graduation from university.  Jacob currently coaches athletes from all over the world through Peak Run Performance.


Jacob's running career highlights include the world record for 50 miles on the treadmill (4:57), 5 x National Championships in cross country and road ultras, and multiple course records on road and trail courses throughout North America.  

Amy and Jacob have both directed multiple camps, clinics and races throughout the world.


* Transportation, meals, and lodging before, during, and after the retreat are not included in the retreat registration fee and are the responsibility of each attendee.

May is a busy time of year in Canmore.  Please plan accordingly.

Canmore offers a variety of dining options to satisfy any palate or dietary need.  Similarly, lodging options vary from camping and hostels to five star resorts. The same goes for transportation to the area and throughout the week. Do what works for you.


Thursday, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Check In

  • Intros

  • Run

  • Retreat Overview

Friday & SATURDAY, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm 

  • Discussion / Presentation

  • Run / Activity in the AM

  • Discussion / Presentation

  • Break for Lunch

  • Discussion / Presentation

  • Run / Activity in PM

  • Discussion / Presentation


Sunday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • Strength, gait, and injury prevention

  • Farewell Brunch

Weather permitting, we aim to do the majority of our "learn by doing" sessions (runs, drills, form, etc.) outside.


Photo by Peter Collins


Running attire for all types of weather (sun or snow) and up to six runs / activities:

  • 2 pairs of running shoes 

  • Jacket

  • Pants

  • Shorts

  • Socks

  • Long sleeved shirts

  • Short sleeved shirts 

  • Beanie, buff, or headband

  • Gloves

  • Sunglasses

  • Hydration pack or belt to carry water, snacks, and bear spray*

  • Cell phone

* We will provide bear spray for participants during retreat outdoor activities.

Strides Canmore has offered 10% off for all retreat participants. If you forget something or need something that you didn't expect, you can always stop by the Strides Running Store in Canmore to pick things up. We'll be meeting there for the retreat on Friday morning before the store opens and before our run to discuss footwear. (It's also next door to Starbucks so you can get a coffee or breakfast before we meet). This would also be a good time to purchase anything you have forgotten and might need. 


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Photo by Peter Collins


Canmore is an old mining town. Dressing up means jeans and a flannel shirt. When we're not running, Jacob will likely be presenting in sweatpants or wind pants and either a t-shirt or a hooded sweatshirt.  If it's warm, he might wear cargo shorts and flip flops.  Amy will likely be wearing yoga pants or shorts.  Please feel free to do the same.

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