CALLING ALL WOMEN! IT’S TIME TO WALK, RUN AND HIKE ACROSS TETON VALLEY WITH ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST!
I’ve never been one to sign up for a camp, of any kind. As a kid I frustrated my parents year after year with my total lack of interest in summer camps of any nature. I was never even remotely lured by the glossy brochures showing kids clearly having a blast playing in a sparkling lake and eating all the s’mores they could ever want around an evening campfire. It’s not that there wasn’t virtue in the prospects of meeting new friends, perhaps learning to build my own cabin, or trying to be the next rock star or basketball prodigy. I just wasn’t intrigued by the group dynamic thing. I guess it’s the same reason why I’ve never joined a gym or should I say “athletic club,” as they’re so fashionably called these days.
Well, my mom will finally be happy. I’ve found a camp that I’m doing cartwheels over and can’t wait to sign up for, s’mores or no s’mores. It’s the “Just for Women Walking, Running & Fitness Camp” happening this June 2-5 at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. You don’t have to be an athlete to have heard of the camp’s host, Lisa Smith-Batchen. Lisa lives in Teton Valley and is one of North America’s greatest women’s (and men’s too) running and fitness instructors to have ever roamed the planet. She’s also one of the greatest runners to have ever roamed the planet. I’m also sure given Lisa’s super-human racing resume, that she has literally circled the globe many times over the old fashioned way, putting one foot in front of the other.
This camp certainly isn’t Lisa’s first rodeo, as she has hosted, along with her husband Jay Batchen (also an elite ultra-runner), numerous running and fitness camps in Teton Valley (for kids too!). It’s all part of their Dreamchasers Outdoor Adventure Club and while Lisa’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention I’m compelled to list a few. You’ll also note that some of Lisa’s most ambitious goals and proudest achievements are not about being one of the world’s premier ultra-runners, or the recognition she continues to receive that continuously drives her; it’s more about the humanitarian efforts she has spearheaded on behalf of the world’s poor and needy, particularly the children.
A mere “sampling” of Lisa Smith Batchen’s professional accomplishments:
- Two 1st place finished in Badwater Ultra marathons (competed in 9)
- First and only American female to win Marathon des Sables Ultra marathons
- 1st person to ever run from Las Vegas to Mt. Whitney
- Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run
- Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race
- Hawaiian Ironman Championships
- Created the Dreamchasers Foundation – Dreamchasers is dedicated to raising funds to help needy women and children around the world to survive and succeed
- "Running Hope Through America” – completed a 2,500 mile run in two months raising money for orphans
Lisa’s walk, run and hiking camp will be beneficial, fun, inspirational, and just overall terrific for beginners to advanced runners of all ages. Participants will be partnered with women of the same ability so interested gals out there shouldn’t be intimidated in any way; this isn’t your hard-core run to the top of the Grand Tetons kind of camp (Lisa does offer those too!). Lisa’s guest coaches include Barbra Metz Lindquist, also a valley resident, and a former Olympic Triathlete (Athens, Greece 2003 games) and Doctor Annie Fenn, a Jackson Hole, Wyoming Women’s Health Practitioner for over 20 years. I know all of these women personally, and frankly, you couldn’t ask for a more dynamic team to lead this fitness charge.
The other huge benefit to this camp is you’ll get to spend three nights in the deluxe Teton Springs Lodge & Spa and all the amenities of this year-round resort environment.
After your yoga class, hike and fitness sessions with Lisa, head into the Stillwaters Spa & Salon for that well-deserved sports massage or take a dip in the pool or a soak in the hot tub. It’s all here for the taking.
So, start this summer off with a fitness bang! For a complete run down on the second annual “Just for Women Walking, Running & Fitness Camp” and a chance to hike, bike and run on the most gorgeous trails in the northern Rockies. Visit Dreamchaserevents or book your package with the nice folks at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.
Hey, after this camp, you may just join that gym!