When you’re ready to travel again, Run Wild Retreats + Wellness is here for you. Our Colorado-based team has been working in concert with our international guide network and key suppliers in all the destinations in which we travel to adapt the running and wellness retreat experience.
While runners’ safety and well being has always been our top priority, as we considered the new realities of travel in a Covid-19 world, we asked ourselves what more we could do support you. While some of the things listed below are new, much of what is described here is not. It just so happens that much of what has always made Run Wild Retreats so amazing aligns perfectly with what many travel industry experts agree is the next evolution of travel. We’ve always been about supporting you as a whole person–not just a runner.
If you’re looking for specific information regarding our booking and cancellation policy, we’ve relaxed certain terms, which you can view here.
In terms of what we’re doing to protect you during a retreat, here’s what you can expect from Run Wild Retreats + Welllness:
We specialize in small group experiences that take you away from the crowded, often deep into nature and place where you can enjoy fresh air and beautiful landscapes. Every day of the retreat is centered around that days’ run, followed by restorative recovery activities, which vary depending on the destination, but usually include spa, yoga or geothermal hot springs. You may choose a double-occupancy room or upgrade to a single-occupancy room (when available). In places where we have dormitory-style lodging (such as in Iceland for just two out of six nights), we have reserved a hut that accommodates at least double the size of our group, giving us extra room to spread out. And of course, our reservations are exclusive to our group, meaning no one else can book a bed in our hut while we are there.
OUTSIDE IN NATURE
By design, most of our group time is spent outside in nature, which is the very best place for us to be! For the most part, our itineraries avoid city metro areas, tourist-choked attractions and never take you to enclosed, crowded indoor spaces. You can relax into the joy of simply spending the most of every day outside on the trails. Plus, we mostly stay at remote lodges or resorts that are close to nature and away from downtown zones.
HEALTH OF PARTICIPANTS
We will encourage our travelers to be extra careful during the two weeks prior to a retreat. We will require all participants to fill out an online waiver addendum two days prior to the tour certifying they do not have any symptoms of Covid-19 and have not been in contact with anyone they know is infected. On a small group tour you will be in contact with other participants but by keeping each person safe, we hope to keep everyone safe.
Whenever possible, we design our itineraries to avoid spending too much time in a van or motorcoach, though it is necessary to travel between destinations and to/from trailheads. We will work with our transportation partners to sanitize the vehicle before use by our group.
WELLNESS AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Every retreat begins with a Opening Meeting, during which we will outline specific things participants can do to protect themselves. Your retreat gift bag includes a custom-made, reusable mask that is yours to keep. Our retreat leaders will have hand sanitizer and a thermometer available on the tour. Each retreat has a Risk Management Plan in place that will cover what our staff will do in the event someone in our groups starts to exhibit symptoms.
Plus, there are certain things we’ll all agree to as a group to keep one another safe, such as:
- To celebrate a great run or share your excitement, tap shoes instead of high-five or hugging
- Greet one another with a light bow instead of a handshake
- Wear the masks we provide you when appropriate in a group setting (not at meals)
Most of our retreat participants fly to their destination and we are not in control of that aspect of travel. However, airlines are taking major steps to keep passengers safe, including not selling tickets on middle seats, extra cleanings, and passenger screenings. Check with your specific airline to find out what they are doing to protect passengers.
HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
We will communicate with our hotels and restaurants to ensure they are following updated recommendations for maintaining safety as per their national and local guidelines. This means that not all properties will be adhering to the same set of guidelines. You may opt out of receiving certain services, too, such as housekeeping during your stay. We will increase the number of meals we eat outside of restaurants by doing picnics, patio seating, or requesting private dining rooms for our group, when available.
As we move through the various stages of this pandemic crisis, we will continue to adapt our methods and policies to suit the realities of the world in which we’re all navigating. While the future of not only travel, but all aspects of society continue to change in response to this global crisis, know that we will continue to serve you in the safest, most responsible manner possible.
Run well, be well,
CEO, Founder, Run Wild Retreats + Wellness