ingWhen 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.
As always, your health and safety is a shared responsibility; one that we take very seriously. We have adapted the retreat experience to incorporate adventure-travel industry leading Covid-19 Health and Safety standards as laid out by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (of which Run Wild Retreats is a member tour operator) and the Cleveland Clinic.
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 + Wellness:
We specialize in small group experiences that take you away from the crowded, often deep into nature places 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. During our group meetings, we will space out the seating as much as possible to observe physical distancing guidelines. Participants are encouraged to observe physical distancing whenever possible.
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.
During our runs, we will be spaced out on the trail into various pace groups, and avoid running close together so that physical distancing guidelines can be observed as much as possible.
HEALTH OF PARTICIPANTS
We will require all participants to fill out an online Health Declaration Form within 3 days of the retreat’s start certifying they do not have any symptoms of Covid-19 and have not been in contact with anyone they know is infected. We cannot permit a person who has recently tested positive for Covid-19 or been experiencing Covid-like symptoms on the retreat. We’ll also avoid interpersonal contact by:
- Celebrating a great run or sharing your excitement by tapping shoes instead of a high-five or hugging
- Greeting one another with a light bow instead of a handshake
In the event that a person in our group starts to experience symptoms during the retreat, she will be immediately quarantined from the rest of the group and recommended to seek medical attention and/or testing.
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. Our transportation partners will limit the capacity of each vehicle as required by local, county, state and industry guidelines. At our domestic retreats, you may choose to drive your own vehicle (or a rental car) if you would rather not use any of the group transportation. Our transportation partners also sanitize the vehicles before use by our group as per their operating requirements.
MASKS AND SANITIZER
Every retreat begins with a Opening Meeting, during which we will outline specific things participants can do to protect themselves during the retreat, and this includes when you should wear your mask. 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, though we also recommend you bring your own personal hand sanitizer as backup.
Masks must be worn in accordance with the retreat destination’s local health and safety requirements. Most likely, this will include wearing masks while in indoor and outdoor public spaces (town sidewalks), while in the group transportation vehicles and when in shops and restaurants (until seated at your table). Masks are not necessary or expected while we are on the trail, though are recommend when at trailheads and parking lots.
HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
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.
We will communicate with our hotels and restaurants to ensure they are following updated recommendations for maintaining safety as per the local, county and state 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