TAPS - Band of Runners Trail Running Camp

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Palmdale, California

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 Angeles National Forest in Southern California 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 Colby Ranch, a team and training facility in the Angeles National Forest.



The agenda includes multiple trail runs in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California 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 9

9 a.m. and 10 a.m. — Shuttle available from Los Angeles airport to camp       

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. — Group Welcome

2 p.m. - 6 p.m. — Running and Classes

6 p.m. - 7 p.m. — Dinner

7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. — Prep for Night Run

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. — Night Run 

Saturday, November 10

7 a.m. - 8 a.m. —  Running and Classes

8 a.m. - 9  a.m. —  Breakfast

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. —  Running and Classes

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. —  Lunch 

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. —  Running and Classes

4 p.m. - 5 p.m. —  Leave No Trace Ethics and Trail Etiquette Entertainment

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. —  Dinner

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.—   Keynote Speaker 

Sunday, November 11

7 a.m. - 8 a.m. —  Running and Classes

8 a.m. - 9 a.m. —  Breakfast

9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. —  Running and Classes

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. —  Lunch

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. — Social Time with Mentors

2 p.m - 4 p.m. — Running and Classes

4 p.m. - 6 p.m. — Obstacle Course 5k

6 pm. - 9 p.m. —BBQ Social

Monday, November 12

Two shuttles from camp to Los Angeles airport will be available. Departure times TBD. First shuttle will leave early enough to make the earliest flights. The last shuttle will depart no later than 10 a.m. 


  • Running Form
  • Blister Care and Prevention
  • Technical Trail Running Technique
  • Hill Running
  • Powerhiking
  • Gaining Speed
  • Foam Rolling and Injury Prevention
  • Solving Common Running Ailments
  • Dynamic Stretching and Strengthening
  • Writing Training and Racing Plans


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.  Colby Ranch is located outside of Palmdale, California.

More information will be provided upon registration.


Skill Level

You must be able to run four 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.


Entry Form Details

Entry form to attend is now open. Training camp attendees will be approved on a first come, first served basis, so we encourage you to complete the entry form early. Entrants will be notified of selection on a rolling basis no later than two weeks after their entry form is submitted. Once we have filled slots for the event, entrants 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).