TAPS - Band of Runners Trail Running Camp

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Roanoke, Virginia

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TAPS survivors, military mentors, volunteers and others within the TAPS family are invited to join us at the TAPS - Band of Runners Trail Running Camp.

Learn how trail running can strengthen your heart, your legs, and your connections with nature and community at our first-ever partnership with Band of Runners. All types of runners in the TAPS family, from beginners to experienced, are welcome to join us in the Blue Ridge Mountains over Veterans Day weekend as we learn about trails, nature and the power of community at the TAPS - Band of Runners Trail Running Camp. 

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We all know the story … two paths diverge in a yellow wood. Some believe that the road (or in this case, the trail) you take “makes all the difference.” That may be true — but after you attend this event you will be able to take any trail you wish. Together we will get our footing — in life and on the trail.

During our weekend together, trail running coaches and experts will partner with survivors and veterans to support physical and mental health and endurance at Summit Initiatives, a team and training facility in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


The agenda includes multiple trail runs in the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as specialized instruction from elite and long-time trail runners covering training, technical trail running, hill running, running form, strength training nutrition, first aid and blister care, and night running. Nutritious meals, campfires, storytelling and fellowship are included.

Friday, November 10

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. —  Group Welcome and Scavenger Race

2 p.m. - 6 p.m. — Focused Runs and Classes

6 p.m. - 7 p.m. — Dinner

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. —  Night Run

Saturday, November 11

7 a.m. - 8 a.m. —  Focused Runs

8 a.m. - 9  a.m. —  Breakfast

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. —  Focused Runs and Classes

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. —  Lunch 

2 p.m. - 5 p.m. —  Focused Runs and Classes

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. —  LNT Skit and Group Picture

6 p.m. - 7 p.m. —  Dinner

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.—   Keynote Speaker and Social

Sunday, November 12

6 a.m. - 8 a.m. —  Breakfast and pack lunch

8 a.m. - 12 p.m. —  Appalachian Trail Run and Hike

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. —  Shower and pack


  • Running Form
  • Blister Care and Prevention
  • Solving Common Trail Running Ailments
  • Foam Rolling
  • Running and Racing Nutrition
  • Technical Trail Running
  • Power hiking
  • Hill Running
  • Dynamic Stretching and Strengthening
  • Trail Speed
  • Running and Racing Plans
  • Leave No Trace Practices

Training Camp Fees

While you’ll need to bring everything on the packing list, through the TAPS partnership with Band of Runners, the only cost you’ll incur is the cost of transportation.

Lodging and Transportation

You will need to cover the cost of your transportation to and from the event. The Summit Initiatives training facility is located outside of Fincastle, Virginia.

More information will be provided upon registration.

Skill Level

You must be able to run eight miles before attending, but we have a training plan for you! We also have a training community that will support you with regular check-ins to make sure that you’re on track. You’ll also get first priority at attending trail running events with TAPS, and you'll gain connections with trail runners in your area.

Application Details

Training camp attendees will be selected through an application process. Applications will be approved on a first come, first served basis, so we encourage you to apply early. Applicants will be notified of selection on a rolling basis no later than two weeks after their application is submitted. Once we have filled slots for the event, applicants will be placed on a waitlist and notified if space becomes available.

If you have any questions, please email innerwarrior@taps.org or call 800-959-TAPS (8277).