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 traveler, having lived most her adult life abroad. She spent four years as the managing editor of Trail Runner magazine and founded Run Wild Retreats + Wellness in 2010. Drawing from her career in tourism marketing for such destinations as Banff and Lake Louise (Canada), the Province of Alberta and Catalina Island, California, she has grown Run Wild Retreats Inc into an international travel company offering running and wellness-focused tours in six countries.

As a writer, Elinor has written numerous magazine articles and recorded dozens of podcasts about mindful running that have 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.

She lives in the mountain town of Carbondale, Colorado, with her mountain-bike loving son and husband, and their senior black Lab. 

      

Ami Jones

Ami Jones

Travel Operations Manager

Lives In: Denver, CO
Email: ami@runwildretreats.com

Ami was born and raised in Colorado. She spent the majority of her childhood exploring the Colorado Rockies and developing an incredible appreciation for the great outdoors. One of Ami’s first tastes of international travel came when she went to Belize and discovered the world of sustainable tourism. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Sustainable Tourism. She has also independently studied in places such as the Peruvian Andes and Lake Atitlán in Guatemala.

Ami’s travels have taken her from the cloud forests of Costa Rica, Guatemala, the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. The call of the wild has also taken her to the Serengeti, to the Highlands and islands of Scotland, the varying landscapes of New Zealand and the Italian Dolomites, and island hopping in Fiji. She has journeyed from the Canadian Arctic to the Alaskan backcountry and into the Amazonian rainforests in Brazil. She loves running as a means of mental, physical and spiritual self-care, deep self-growth and it being something you can do nearly anywhere (except for in the African bush)!

Ami has a diverse operational background in travel and tourism. Having worked in the industry for nearly 10 years, her passion is designing adventures that connect people back to themselves, local communities and our beautiful planet.  

When she isn’t traveling or working, Ami spends her free time playing in the mountains, trail running with her 4-year old pup, enjoying time with family and friends and eagerly awaiting her next adventure.

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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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.