High or Dry – Where are Elite Runners Training?

Written by: Joe Bosshard

Where are elite runners training

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.

Runcation anyone?

*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

A photo posted by Mo Farah?? (@gomofarah) on

A photo posted by @charliegrice on

A photo posted by Mo Farah?? (@gomofarah) on


New Jersey New York Track Club & Zap Fitness- Tallahassee, Florida

Elevation Feet: 200 ft.  

Average January high: 63.5 degrees 

A photo posted by Kyle Merber (@kylemerber) on

A photo posted by Joe Stilin (@stilinit) on


NorCal Distance Project & Team New Balance Boston & Bowerman Track Club – Flagstaff, Arizona

Elevation: 6,910 Ft

Average January high – 43 degrees


A photo posted by Colleen Quigley (@steeple_squigs) on

A photo posted by Kate Grace (@fastkate) on

Hudson Elite – Henderson, Nevada

Elevation: 1,867 ft

Average January high – 54 degrees

A photo posted by HudsonElite (@hudsonelite) on

A photo posted by @coach___hudson on

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

A photo posted by Andy Vernon (@andy_vernon) on

A photo posted by Ryan Gregson (@ryangregson25) on


Boston Athletic Association – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Altitude: 5,312 ft

Average January high: 47 degrees

A photo posted by Morgan Uceny (@momouceny) on


Susan Kuijken, Dutch, Belgian, & Swedish athletes – Dullstroom, South Africa

Elevation: 6,900

Average January high: 77 degrees


A photo posted by Susan Kuijken (@susankuijken) on

A photo posted by Susan Kuijken (@susankuijken) on

A photo posted by Susan Kuijken (@susankuijken) on

A photo posted by Andrew Krumins (@akrumo) on


Team New Balance Manchester, Gesa Krause, and a bunch of European runners – Iten, Kenya

Elevation: 7,900 ft

Average January high: 66 degrees


A photo posted by Tom Lancashire (@tom_lancs) on


A photo posted by Gesa Krause (@gesa_krause) on


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.

Joe is a former University of Colorado runner with a penchant for numbers and filing tax returns. He started run2run as a distraction while studying for CPA exams.

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