Asheville, NC Running Retreat

Enjoy four days of running, expert coaching and classes, and delicious meals in luxury cabins along the river in beautiful Asheville, NC, September 12-15, 2024.


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The Perfect Fall Running Destination

Miles of scenic running

Beautiful miles of smooth, flat running are steps from your door along the French Broad River.  This convenience allows everyone to enjoy runs as long or as short as you wish! We will also have options of a more scenic trail run in the Blue Ridge Mountains or runs through historic downtown Asheville.

Join Runners Just like You

If you love making memories running in beautiful places, the Asheville Running Retreat is for you.  No one is too fast or too slow to join us!

Enjoy one-on-one and group coaching, strength and stretching sessions, mental strength training and more.  It will be the perfect blend of expert guidance with enough downtime to rest, relax, and have fun!

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We will stay in luxury a-frame cabins across from the French Broad River Greenway.  Less than two miles from downtown Asheville, Wrongway Campground is the perfect home base. Only 16 cabins are available, so we expect to sell out quickly!

Delicious Plant-based meals

Chef-catered, carefully planned meals and snacks designed for hungry runners. Whether you are fully plant-based or just plant curious, this retreat will allow you to discover just how delicious (and hearty) plant-based cuisine can be.  

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Runners return home with life-long running buddies.  This is a chance to learn, do what you love, and find others that are just as passionate as you are.

Asheville Retreat Details

Your private accomodations, all your meals and snacks, and all your transportation are included once you arrive in Asheville.  If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know upon registration. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.  Add-on options such as massage may be available, so be sure to let us know if you want us to include it.


Four days and three nights: 
Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15, 2024


FLYING:  Plan to fly into Asheville, NC Regional Airport (AVL). We are available to pick you up between 10am and 2pm for the 20 minute drive to the cabins.  For the return on Sunday morning, we can drive you back to AVL between 8am-2pm. 

DRIVING:  Plan to arrive between 2pm-3pm at Wrong Way Lodge and Cabins, 9 Midnight Dr, Asheville, NC 28806

Check in and retreat activities begin at 3pm.


All running days will include a guided warm up and an active stretching session post run. Exact itinerary subject to change.


After arrival, we will start with a shorter run.  The distance is completely up to you since we will be running directly from the cabins, but most people choose 3-6 miles.  Then enjoy a delicious plant-based dinner and socialize around the fire.


Explore the miles of trails of Bent Creek Experimental Forest.  Choose from relatively flat gravel/paved lake loop or a more challenging single track route.  Trail shoes are not necessary if you are running the lake loop, but are suggested for single track.  After lunch, we'll have coaching/training sessions, gait analysis, and plenty of down time to relax or explore.


Long run day along the French Broad River.  Run as many miles as you wish along the newly completed greenway. Stop at the cabins whenever you like or grab a local beer at a riverside brewery.  The afternoon will be reserved for strength, stretching, training, and relaxing. In the evening we will explore downtown Asheville!


Wake up for a riverside run or simply take your time savoring the last of the weekend. Transportation will be provided back to the Asheville Airport Sunday morning.


Deluxe private cabin

The Deluxe A-frame cabins are tucked quietly into the back of the property, adjoining the wooded meadow. They have dormers for more space, which allows for a privacy wall that separates the bedroom. Relax with a queen bed and sitting area along with all the amenities you’ll need to relax and recharge, including mini fridge, microwave, and coffee service.


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Standard Private cabin

All standard A-frame cabins are perched on piers 12-14 feet off the ground, giving you an amazing view of the greenway and river across the street. Relax with a queen bed and sitting area along with all the amenities you’ll need to relax and recharge, including mini fridge, microwave, and coffee service.

Bringing your running buddy?  Save on the second runner's retreat price. This is not available to book online, so please contact us directly after booking the first runner in the form below.  

Want to share for a reduced rate but don't have someone in mind?  Use the contact form below to inquire about availability.


Can My Spouse or Running Buddy Join?

Yes!  The cabins at Wrongway Campground feature a queen bed and a pull-out queen sofa bed. While technically that means 4 people can stay in one cabin, you'll want to know them really well first!  We will apply a lodging discount of $600 to the full retreat price of the additional person in a shared cabin.

What is Your refund policy?

We highly recommend that you protect your trip with travel insurance, should you need to cancel unexpectedly.  Here's an affordable option. (Note: this is a third-party company that is not affiliated with The Planted Runner. Please research the best options for you.)

Our final payment for the venue and vendors is due June 15, 2024, so no refunds will be available after that date.

Should you cancel your reservation on or before March 15, 2024, you will receive a 100% refund minus a $200 administration fee.  If you cancel your reservation between March 16 and June 15, 2024, you will receive a 50% refund to your original payment method.

Registrations are transferrable.  If you are unexpectedly unable to attend, please consider transferring your trip to another runner.  We may be able to fill your spot with another runner and we will work with you to create a fair solution, but we cannot guarantee any refunds in advance.

By purchasing this event, you agree to and understand the policies set forth on The Planted Runner website.

The Planted Runner reserves the right to make changes in the schedule, speakers, activities, menus, swag, partners, vendors, and other Retreat details at any time for any reason. 

In the unlikely event The Planted Runner is forced to cancel the event completely, we will provide refunds less all credit card processing fees, administrative fees, non-refundable deposits paid to suppliers and vendors, and payments already issued to contractors on behalf of Retreat attendees.  Options will be given for rescheduling and/or credits given on future events and/or services or products.

Will this work with my fall race?

Yes!  Since you choose how much you want to run each day, this retreat can fit your schedule no matter what your racing plans.  Coach Claire can personally help you plan your runs to fit in with your race training.

I'm not vegan/vegetarian/plant based. Will I be hungry?

No way!  One of the goals of this retreat is to show how delicious and satisfying plant-based food can be.  The meals will be chef-catered and carefully planned with hungry runners in mind.  If you do have specific snacks that you like to have, be sure to let us know or feel free to bring them along.

Will there be runners at my same pace and/or age?

More than likely, yes.  This retreat is for all adult runners and we typically attract runners between the ages of 30-70.   All paces are welcome, including run/walk.  One of the best features of our venue is that it's right along the river where we will be running.  That means we all start and end at the same place no matter what pace or distance.


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