The Why Behind Icicle Running Retreats
by Marlene Farrell

Sometimes I’m trail running with my friends, and our shared laughter conceals the fact that we are doing something tough. We’ve chosen to climb up a trail rather than stick to the flat smooth pavement. We might have to huff and puff between stories, but it’s so worth it.

From left to right-Erin Pehowski, Marlene Farrell and Lisa Bedard.

Before we know it, we’ve reached a high point. I have to stop and think, wow, here we are under these giant pines and the porcelain blue sky, looking down on our mountain valley and Leavenworth nestled in the middle.

The trail, the surrounding wilderness and this shared moment put my life into perspective. I can celebrate blessings, my health, my work and my family. Running affords me this opportunity to get away from the daily routine and quiet my mind. As we descend, the joy of the trail endures. My life feels in balance and then, another day we hit the trail again.

On just such a run with Erin and Lisa, Icicle Running Retreats was born. First it was an idea. Then we poured our hearts and minds into it and have created an experience to help other women find the bliss of trail running.

At one of our Icicle Running Retreats let us show you how to feel comfortable running through the woods. We’ll share training tips for the challenging terrain and what to bring no matter how long you want to go. We incorporate stretching, yoga and strength training for a full body experience. We tailor everything to all abilities, and yes, trail runs can incorporate walking.

The trails will reward you with amazing views, the peace of the mountains and a sense of camaraderie with like-minded beautiful women.

All of this, plus deluxe accommodations and local treats, rolled up into an energizing and relaxing weekend getaway.

We offer May and October retreats. Please see and  for more information.

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