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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Charlotte Roennau

Charlotte Roennau

Retreat Leader

Lives In: Aspen, CO
Email: info@runwildretreats.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. She 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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Hannah Tripp

Hannah Tripp

Healthy Runners' Community Manager

Lives In: Aspen, CO
Email: community@runwildretreats.com

Hannah says: “My story rings true for many – running hurt the first time. And the second time. And the third time. And so on, repeatedly–until one day–it felt like bliss. Running has become a safe haven from stressful days, an after-work happy hour buddy, and a space to find solace. My relationship with running could not have taken place without my love for food. As a registered dietitian, I have a passion for learning the best and most delicious ways to fuel my body on and off the trail.  I work primarily within intuitive eating and mindful eating – getting people to understand the sensations that are happening in their body. You can find me in my kitchen, whipping up a new batch of energy bar to keep me in my running bliss.”

Kate Marden

Kate Marden

Director of Runner Wellness

Kate’s professional background is in the language services industry, but – a lifelong runner and proponent of healthy lifestyle education and advocacy – she decided a few years ago to supplement her BA in German with fitness certifications and a MS in Exercise, Fitness & Health Promotion from George Mason University. Kate grew up in Kansas, where she was an avid equestrian and distance runner for her high school track team, and she spent many family vacations in neighboring Colorado, hiking and cross-country skiing. Though she now calls the Washington, DC metro area home, Kate has also lived in Minneapolis, Boston, Prague, and Salzburg. Her favorite runs are in the Scottish Highlands, though, as her husband is Glaswegian and they spend every summer there.

Though a house full of kids and pets – along with the language industry work – keep Kate busy, she gets the most fulfillment from helping others discover or rekindle that love of running. To Kate, running is a practice that benefits all aspects of a healthy lifestyle, and she is fully engaged in promoting healthy lifestyle choices within her community – to all ages and abilities, both locally and abroad.