More than just a running camp, this two day/two night "running retreat" is an educational and inspirational experience designed to enhance your trail running whether you are a mid-pack runner or a beginner.

As we run, eat, and live together, surrounded by the rugged rocks and single track of New England, you will be immersed in many fun and educational aspects of run training that are essential to the enjoyment of lifelong trail running and competing. Among other things, we will...

*Explore the mind/body connection critical to successful training and racing.
*Enjoy breakout sessions in yoga, visualization, gear set up, and race day food preparation, and others!
*Learn how to fuel right for pre-race, during, and post-race time periods.
*Experience day and night trail runs in the beautiful woods of Cockaponsett State Park right out the door of your lodge.
*Practice technical running as well as uphill and downhill running technique.
*Have fun with like-minded runners and get inspired!


Debbie and Al will do their utmost to ensure you emerge a smarter, reinvigorated runner equipped with the tools you need to become smarter, faster, and more resilient, ready to unleash your highest running potential! 

Debbie Livingston

Mom, Wife, Elite Ultra-Runner, Coach, Yoga and Pilates Teacher, Race Director, Passionate Trail Steward 

Coach Al Lyman, CSCS

Co-Owner and Head Coach of Pursuit Athletic Performance and Pursuit Fitness (pictured here with Deb!)

Please Note: This camp is primarily for novice to intermediate runners of any age who want to learn more, share, and have fun!


WHO: This camp is primarily for novice to intermediate level runners who want to learn more about trail running, share and have fun!
WHEN: Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12, 2016 
WHERE: The camp and retreat will be hosted at Camp Hazen in Chester CT, adjacent to Cedar Lake and Cockaponsett State Park.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: 5 meals, snacks and refreshments. Lodging in a rustic lodge with indoor showers. All group runs, and group training, led by Debbie Livingston and Coach Al Lyman and a few other inspiring friends TBD. And much more -- priceless!

Included in your camp tuition is occupancy in a bunk, all items listed above and more value and benefit to your training than can possibly be listed here!

This camp/retreat is LIMITED TO ONLY 25 RUNNERS - Sign Up NOW - First come, first served!

TESTIMONIALS from some of our 2015 Campers

I had the true pleasure of joining an amazing group of individuals for a full day of the recent trail running camp at Camp Haven. I went into this day with very little knowledge about trail running but left with an abundant amount of tips about a wide range of topics from technical/form on the trail to proper gear and foot care to developing fundamental core strength to avoid injury. The information was delivered in a fun and open format and being able to get out on the trail several times to work on some of the aspects of trail running was fantastic. Both Coach Al and Deb are a phenomenal source of experience, knowledge and inspiration. There also could not have been a more perfect setting for this camp. The environment truly led to a more enriching experience. I left that day with a new appreciation for trail running and a new found passion for a sport I knew very little about. I only wish I could have stayed thru the entire camp. I would highly recommend this camp to anyone interested in trail running and look forward to the next one! Well run, great people, fantastic environment and the best coaches out there (Al and Deb)!! I can't thank the two of them enough!!
-Kim Chemacki

If you love trail running like I do, I challenge you to find a better way to spend a weekend than with Coach Al Lyman and elite athlete Debbie Livingston. Two of the nicest people you could ever meet, both with huge amounts of practical advice to share on all things trail running. From tips on running technique, nutrition and gear, to lots of wisdom to incorporate in to your own training. All that and still time for making friends and of course miles of trail running in the beautiful Cockaponset State Forest.
I’m so glad I got to be a part of it! Thank you Al and Debbie!

- Toby Morgan

Attending Cedar Lake Trail Running Camp was absolutely the best thing I have ever done.  I learned about trail running, I learned about integrating a multi-disciplined approach to training and I came away from this experience able to take a good look at myself and my life in relation to my goals and with real building blocks for a plan of action.  The icing on the cake was doing this in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Coach Al & Debbie are approachable athletic professionals offering a wealth of knowledge and the unique ability to help guide positive motivation for any athlete, regardless of where you are at in your training. Lastly, I had such a fun time, made new like minded friends and had some great laughs! Don't hesitate to take advantage of this unique and valuable experience!
- Lara Oh

I attended the retreat as part of my preparation for my first Ultra Marathon. The amount of information on the topic is staggering (and at times contradictory!) so I took advantage of the chance to spend a weekend learning from and practicing  trail running with elite endurance athletes. I was impressed with the depth and breadth of the information offered, as well as the individual attention and suggestions given to each participant. I highly recommend investing in the Trail Running Weekend Retreat. 
- Will Ledwith 


Tentative Itinerary
(subject to change)

Friday, June 10, 2016
 4:30pm- 5:30pm: Check in
6pm – 7pm: Dinner
7pm – 8pm: Ice breakers/what to expect
8pm – 8:45pm: Mobility/Stretch talk and do
Saturday, June 11, 2016
 7am -7:45am: Wake up run
8:15am – 9:15am: Breakfast
9:15am – 10am: Gear talk
10:15am – 11:30am: Technique on trail (rock gardens, up/down hills)
12:15pm – 1:15pm: Lunch
1:15pm – 2:45pm: Free time
2:45pm – 3:30pm: Getting faster/building endurance
3:30pm – 4pm: Smoothie 101
4pm – 4:45pm: Fueling and training for races
4:45pm – 5:45pm: Core work and Yoga
6pm – 7pm: Dinner
7pm – 7:45pm: Talk (foot care, fall prevention, race logistics & etiquette, etc.)
8pm – 8:45pm: Evening run (headlamp and night navigation)
9pm – 10pm: Campfire (optional)
 Sunday, June 12, 2016
 7am – 11am: Group long run  (skip breakfast - eat on run)
11am – 12pm: Wash up and pack up
12:15pm – 1pm: Lunch
1pm – 1:30pm: Debrief and depart

Cockaponsett State Park and Cedar Lake provide the ideal location for an amazing trail camp and retreat experience!


Thanks to these companies and organizations
for helping to make this camp possible!




Frequently Asked Questions

What should you plan on bringing?

*Bedding (sleeping bag or sheet set with blanket and pillow – note that we will be in a lodge with bunk beds)
*2-3 pairs of running sneakers (gaiters if you have them and like to use them)
*1 pair of hang-out shoes
*4 pairs of running bottoms (shorts, running skirts, knickers, etc)
*5 pairs of running tops (short sleeve, tanks, long sleeve, etc)
*5 pairs of running socks and warm socks for sleeping in (choice)
*3 sets of clothes comfortable enough to stretch in 2 sets of hang-out “comfy” clothes 5 sport bras – woman only, obviously! ? - however many undergarments you like swimsuit (Just in case!)
*Running Hat (and one to keep your head warm if the evenings are cool)
*Hydration device (vest, handheld, waist pack, etc)
*Shower towel
*Face towel
*Your preferred “anti” bug or tick spray
*Snacks – we will provide some snacks and training fuel but you still may want something that you personally like.  
*Check the weather forecast: if there is rain in it, bring rain gear!

What is the primary goal of the weekend?

The biggest priority is to have fun! Bring your sense of humor and a smile. The next biggest priorities are to learn and do some training too.

Will there be different run groups depending upon ability level?

All runners will be taken care of - we have a no drop policy which basically means everyone will have a group to run with.

What kind of weather should you expect?

Spring in Connecticut is beautiful, and can be warm or cool. It could also be rainy. You just never know, its "New England." Temperatures are likely to vary from day to night so bring layers and clothing for any weather condition.