The Run Wild Retreats Team

Elinor Fish, CEO and Founder

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 reached out to her extensive network of contacts in the global running and travel industries to start offering more running tours in some of the world’s best trail-running destinations.

Throughout this time, Elinor’s personal health challenges led her to a deeper mindfulness practice. She soon recognized ways to blend running with mindfulness to create one powerful practice that could alleviate the effects of at-times debilitating chronic auto-immune diseases. 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.


Heather Lee, Retreat Leader

Heather, of Boulder, Colorado, is a trail runner and highly inspirational Women’s Mind/Body Wellness and Longevity Lifestyling Coach who leads several retreats a  year for Run Wild Retreats + Wellness. She has spent the last 25 years developing and facilitating dynamic and transformational retreats designed exclusively for women’s lives and life transitions. Heather is a  masters-level mental health professional with advanced training in mind/body medicine from the Harvard Mind/Body Medical Institute and is the past Director of the Mind/Body Medicine and Women’s Health Education programs at The University of Virginia Medical Center.

Her forthcoming book: Run. A Way With Your Problems, inspires women in using running as “lifestyle medicine” for balancing emotional well-being. When Heather isn’t leading retreats she is trail running and maximizing her “midlife mojo.”


Laura Ecklund, Operations Manager/Retreat Travel Specialist

Growing up in Minnesota Laura’s childhood memories are filled with traveling adventures, first road trips all over the United States, and then abroad. Her enthusiasm for travel and love of the outdoors brought her to Colorado for college and is where she stayed until meeting her husband in a photography class in Tuscany, Italy. Travel has always played an integral part of her life, so she seemed destined for a career in the travel industry that has now spanned 20 years.

Her career in the travel industry began as a Corporate Agent for American Express in New York City. Upon moving to the San Francisco Bay Area she switched to global leisure and adventure travel. Now living in San Diego, California, with her husband and three kids she enjoys all things adventure, travel, exploring, community, and of course running. Her experience working in various areas of travel has given her a unique perspective and she is very excited to bring her knowledge and expertise to Run Wild Retreats.


Tracie Heffernan, Healthy Runners Community Moderator

Tracie says: “I’m so thrilled to find a place to connect with other runners where running means something different to all of us. Having spent the first decade of my running life chasing times around a track, and the next decade chasing times on roads, I’m relieved to make peace with the ‘chase.’ Now I run to remember what being outside feels like after spending my day at a desk. I run because it makes me happy. (Want to know where you to find calm & beautiful running spots in New York? Ask me! I’ve found them all. )”

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