The Run Wild Retreats Team

Elinor Fish

Elinor Fish

Founder + CEO

Lives In: Carbondale, CO
Email: elinor@runwildretreats.com

Elinor Fish has worked in the travel, tourism and running industries since 1999. The Canadian ex-pat who now calls Colorado home, has long been an avid trail runner, writer and champion for women’s trail running. She spent four years as the managing editor of Trail Runner magazine, during which she founded Run Wild Retreats + Wellness in 2010. After witnessing the positive impact those early retreats had on the participants, Elinor started offering more running tours in some of the world’s best trail-running destinations.

Elinor’s magazine articles, public speaking presentations and retreat workshops about mindful running have since helped thousands of runners make their running a mindfulness practice to reduce their stress, overcome obstacles to consistent running and improve their overall well being.

      

Kirsten Horning

Kirsten Horning

Retreat Leader

Lives In: Telluride, CO
Email info@runwildretreats.com

Kirsten Horning is a well-traveled, well-read runner with a background in teaching and an itch to share her passion for the outdoors with others. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership and Human Resources and a Bachelors’ Degree in German. Kirsten worked for Outward Bound as an instructor and course director for six years, during which she led mountaineering courses through the Sierra and Rocky Mountains.

Her love of connecting with different people and places has led her to live two years in Germany, and travel extensively from Nepal to Guatemala to Hawaii and many places in between. She loves running for its simplicity, the deep sense of community it can facilitate, and the ways in which she has witnessed running help her and others grow. Kirsten believes people must reach deep within themselves in physically demanding situations to find a sense of purpose, personal motivation and strength. She lives and runs in Telluride, Colorado with her husband and three children.

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Megan Vanzandt

Megan Vanzandt

Operations Coordinator

Lives In: Carbondale, CO
Email: megan@runwildretreats.com

Megan has a background in nonprofit development, event planning and client relations in the health & wellness industry. After earning her MBA from Pinchot University, she developed a passion for entrepreneurial endeavors of her own making, as well as supporting others with inspiring ideas and ambition.
Growing up in Colorado, Megan has always had a place in her heart for the great outdoors. She attended CU Boulder for her BA, and she often found herself wandering through the Colorado foothills to clear her mind and connect with nature. After spreading her domestic and international travel wings post college, her love of travel truly blossomed.

Beyond shorts trips to the beach, she has lived in Aspen, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, Thailand, and most recently Ecuador where her son was born. In addition to playing outside, Megan has recently become immersed in weaving, textiles, and creative expression

 

       

Charlotte Roennau

Charlotte Roennau

Retreat Leader

Lives In: Aspen, CO
Email: charlotte@ronnau.com

Charlotte Roennau is a former professional sprinter who has evolved into a mindful long-distance runner whose priority now is to run for fun.  Once known as Denmark’s fastest woman, Charlotte’s competitive mindset was wired for goal setting, performance and achievement. But as career stakes rose—along with them, the pressure to perform—she discovered the drawbacks to gold medals. Failing to qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona in the 400 meter hurdles led Charlotte to period of depression.

Putting her track career behind her, Charlotte forged a new career path that combined her sports-science degree with a new interest in mindfulness and yoga.

Charlotte spent a decade using sports as a tool to create peaceful co-existence, social cohesion and reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. Her work with Cross Cultures Project Association (CCPA) and Global Education through Sports (GES) brought the core values of sports to bring kids, families, communities and cities together in conflict areas with respect for diversity, religion, culture and gender.

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