Where are Elite Runners Training?
Winter training for elite runners often times means heading to a training camp for a few weeks. The real racing is still a ways off but the training intensity picks up this time a year. The miles start to add up and the workouts start to get tough.
Some runners go to a place that is at a higher elevation than their normal home base. That is not without some potential drawbacks. With high elevations often comes cold, ice, and snow. A big snowstorm will slow down training. Others head to a warm locale. They leave the ice for sunshine and vitamin D. No need for long tights and jackets. While the warm climate may not offer the benefits as training at elevation, the flip side is perfect running conditions. Everyday can be a good day when its 65 degrees and sunny.
Some runners have found both – high elevation and warm temperatures.
Here are some locations where elite runners have gone for a training camp this winter.
*I am just focusing on runners and groups that left their normal training venue for a different location.
Mo Farah & a bunch of British runners -Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Elevation: 7,726 ft
Average January high: 73 degrees
New Jersey New York Track Club & Zap Fitness- Tallahassee, Florida
Elevation Feet: 200 ft.
Average January high: 63.5 degrees
NorCal Distance Project & Team New Balance Boston & Bowerman Track Club – Flagstaff, Arizona
Elevation: 6,910 Ft
Average January high – 43 degrees
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Hudson Elite – Henderson, Nevada
Elevation: 1,867 ft
Average January high – 54 degrees
Fernando Cabada – Zacatecas, Mexico
Elevation: 8,000 ft
Average January high: 64 degrees
Every Australian distance runner plus a few Brits – Falls Creek, Australia
Elevation: 4,500 – 5,500 ft
Average January High: 63 degrees
Boston Athletic Association – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Altitude: 5,312 ft
Average January high: 47 degrees
Susan Kuijken, Dutch, Belgian, & Swedish athletes – Dullstroom, South Africa
Average January high: 77 degrees
Team New Balance Manchester, Gesa Krause, and a bunch of European runners – Iten, Kenya
Elevation: 7,900 ft
Average January high: 66 degrees
Team New Balance Manchester – Pulpi/Aguilas, Spain
Elevation: 0-600 ft
Average January high: 60 degrees
No doubt I missed some excellent elite runners and training locations.
Where do you want go? Have you run at some of these places? Share your experience.