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SCHEDULE & PRICE

KEY ACTIVITIES BEYOND RUNNING

  • Visit the beautiful city of Toulouse, which was founded in 200 BC.

  • Walk on the French/Spanish border in the middle of the mountains and visit a tiny Spanish Village that sits on the border.

  • Visit the fortified medieval castle of Carcassonne (UNESCO World Heritage).

  • Visit the old village of Villefranche.

  • Spend a few hour sin Andorra, one of the smallest countries in the world

  • Walk on the road where the Tour de France goes through every year!

  • Get to zip-line, go to a water park, and laser tag ! All of this in the mountains! 

  • Enjoy the beach of the Mediterranean Sea and stay there overnight (by the ancient port of Collioure)

  • Hike toward the Carlit summit in the Pyrenees. 

  • Discover the beautiful mountains of the Pyrénées through running

  • Spend 8 nights at the "les Ecureils" resort, near the International Altitude Training Center (CREPS) in Font-Romeu.

  • Full access to the International Altitude Training Center ( Highest track in Europe, weight room, pool, etc)

  • Do some runs and work-outs with Pro-Runner Martin Casse (3:56 - Mile) as well as many other professionals runner who have been to the olympics.

  • Meet professional runners from all over the world, in and of the track. 

  • Get your personalized training program.

  • Option to study French with native French speakers during 60 min daily lessons (Opportunity to also speak French to our staff at any point)

  • Recover and relax in the natural hot springs of the Pyrénées.

  • Get strategic race advice and tactics from nationally certified coaches and professional runners. 

  • Learn about running in Division I and receive guidance and mentoring on getting a track scholarship.

  • Learn about the history of France as well as the history of all of the cities we visit. 

  • Eat and dine in typical french cafe/restaurant and experience southern French food.

Our camp is limited to 24 spots so don't wait too long to register!

PRICE

$2,990 (Tax included)

$1,990 early bird pricing extended until December 31th 2019

Group discount: If you are a group of 4 or more - contact us directly for group rate!

High School & College "private camp": Contact us for a quote- Preferred pricing for coaches

The price includes:

 

  • Administration fees

  • Daily sleeping accommodations in a double room (single available for additional cost)

  • All meals (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner) except the last dinner in Toulouse.

  • 10 + hours of Optional French lessons!

  • All activities (Water park, laser tags, zip line, any outings)

  • All entry fees to castles, museums, parks,

  • Access to all sport facilities on campus (training room, trainers, spas)

  • Social activities during evenings and weekends

  • Entrance to the Spa of Toulouse and the natural hot springs of the Pyrénées

  • All transportation starting and finishing at the Toulouse-Blagnac airport

The price does not include:

  • International airfare to Toulouse, France

  • International travel insurance

  • Passport

  • Any healthcare related cost during the camp

  • Personal expenses and spending money (souvenirs)

  • Personal snacks

  • Last dinner in Toulouse 

 

SCHEDULE

 

This is a tentative program for the 12 days with us. This schedule is flexible and will change based on the needs and wants of each particular group, as well as the weather. The below schedule underlines the main highlights but there will be so much more during the camp. For those who have opted-in for the french classes, expect to have 1h of French lesson every day.

 

 

July 17th: Time to pack your bag and head to the airport if you live in the U.S ! With the time difference, you will get to Toulouse the next day. The actual first day of the camp is on the 18th. Take any flights, any transportation. You only need to be in Toulouse, France on the 18th. We will pick you up wherever you are at whatever time of the day you arrive here. Some campers have their parents dropping them off, some pother fly by themselves from all around the world. 

July 18th: Arrive at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport where you will be greeted by one of our camp leaders and meet your fellow trip-mates. With our private vans, we will drive to the hotel so that you can drop your luggage and freshen up if needed. We will spend the evening in the beautiful center of old town Toulouse, taking a group stroll and learning about this city that is more than 2,200 years old. We will then head back to the hotel and everyone will be in their rooms by the 10pm curfew.

July 19th: Wake up and eat your first fresh croissant at the hotel. For those who have opted-in for the French classes, we will do our first lesson (60 mins every day)! After that, we will head toward the International Altitude Training Center in Font-Romeu. We will take the scenic route so you will have many opportunities to take pictures of the tiny villages we come cross on the way. Because we are outside of the big cities, there are very little tourists and everything you see is 100% genuine (aka, not made for tourists)!​ We will then get settled into our rooms and get dinner at the dining hall, where fresh food is made for us every day.  First altitude run in the afternoon followed by game night in the evening. 

July 20th: Get up and open the window, what a view! You are in the middle of the mountains by the highest track in Europe. You will have a French lesson in the morning (or free time), then go buy groceries and snacks in Font-Romeu, a cute little town nestled in the mountains. Later that morning, we will do our first big workout with pro runners. Because there are still some Diamond League meetings going on, you will have a good chance to spot some Olympians on the track as it is often their favorite place to train. Because there are still some Diamond League meetings going on, you will have a good chance to spot some Olympians on the track as it is often their favorite place to train. . 

July 21st: For those who want to, we will wake up early, hike for 15min to reach a plateau at the top of the mountain, and then do our workout run as we watch the sunrise. This is one of the favorite moment for many campers, so don't miss out. We will make sure to do our run with another professional runner (we know a lot of them in Font Romeu). In the afternoon, our campers will have the choice between going zip-lining or going to play outdoor laser tag in the mountains!

July 22nd: Breakfast in the morning followed by our daily French lesson. Practice will begin around 10:30am and will focus on strength & plyometrics that will give you the tools to stay injury free the rest of the season. We will do long intervals to keep building mileage but also do some speed variation to get the full benefit of altitude training. After lunch, we will head to a water park where there are some awesome slides and many fun activities. Initiation to play Petanque (Bacci ball) in the evening. 

July 23rd: Day off running as we will be taking a group hike toward Carlit Summit in the beautiful mountains about an hour away from Font-Romeu. We usually don't make it to the top as it is a long hike but still expect a good 3 to 4 hour hike.  The Pyrénées are breathtaking! We will have lunch by the famous lac des Bouillouses. If you aren't scared of the cold, you can even take a swim! That evening, listen to a talk given by Martin Casse on his experience running in Division I, including useful advice on the best way to get a track scholarship. 

 

July 24th: Breakfast followed by our daily French class. We will then do our workout in the forest nearby on soft trails.  In the afternoon, we’ll do something very exciting: walk on the actual France/Spain border (only 30 mins away) that is literally in the middle of the mountain. We will then cross the border and visit a lovely, quaint village that is located in Spain and only a few miles from the border. If you have never been to Spain, you will be able to cross another country off your bucket list! After dinner, Martin will tell you all of his secrets about his race strategy for the 800m and the 1500m, including how he got to 3:39 and was selected for the French National team. He will engage in a discussion with all campers so that you can learn the most from of his experiences. ​​​

July 25th: Today we are going to run on the highest track in Europe. We will do solid technical work and work on forms and strides. This will be our chance to see many pro athletes and runners from all over the world.  In the afternoon, you will either have free time or we can offer different type of activities: Stroll in the city of Font-Romeu, lake outing with floating activity games, laser tag in the forest... 

July 26th: Early altitude run/work out on beautiful trails in the nearby pine forest with several professional runners/Olympians (we will work to get a new one every day). We will then hop on the van and head to another country that is about 60 mins away: ANDORRA! Andorra is one of the smallest countries in the world and is nestled in the middle of the Pyrénées Mountains. You will learn about how this beautiful country has survived throughout its history being wedged in between France and Spain. We will spend the afternoon exploring this unique place, even having our French lesson there! We will head back to Font-Romeu at the end of the day.

July 27th: Pack your bags, we are heading to the beach! After we do an early workout on the trails of Font-Romeu, eat breakfast and have our French lesson, we will head to the beach on the Mediterranean Sea! We will go through the city of Villefranche, famous for its cobblestone streets. If you imagine a “cliché” village in the south of France, this is it. Then, we will be on our way to Collioure, a gorgeous town on the Mediterranean Sea. We will obviously go the beach and play beach volleyball or soccer.  We will have dinner in a nice restaurant and cap off the day with a stroll into town. Night in a hotel by the beach

July 28th: After a long run by the beach, we will take you to the fortified city of Carcassonne. You will be impressed by the beautiful castle dominating the medieval fortified town (UNESCO World Heritage). We will learn about how this city resisted assault for more than 2,000 years and how life was during the Roman Empire. We will drive back to Toulouse after the meet in the evening.

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July 29th: Is it time to fly back home. We will escort you to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport whenever your flight is. You will be then able to tell your family and friends about your French experience! By this time, you may be able to have a basic conversation in French! Bravo et bon voyage!