Ultra Trail Running Camp in Calvi, Corsica

With its rugged terrain overlooking the mediterranean sea and mild climate, Corsica presents a variety of conditions for year-around trail running. This camp is designed to improve your trail running skills, fitness and race strategy. In addition to guided runs, the camp includes workshops on fitness, designing training plans, and mental resilience.  Yoga & nutrition workshop are also available but optional for this camp.

May 17 – 24, 2020

What You will Learn

The four disciplines of ultra-running

Most ultra-trails contains a mixture of trail run, uphill run, downhill run, power walk; with fundamentally different bio-mechanical and physiological demand.

How to train smarter

Learn how to build a structured training plan and sustainable routine that fits into your busy schedule.  Long range and short range plans.

It takes more than fitness…

Your choice of gear selection and the decision you make on fueling and hydrating strategies are critical.

Your mind is your greatest weapon

Ultra-running is hard.  To be successful, we need to train our mind just as much as our body.

The final piece of the training puzzle

A personal race strategy bring our hard-earned training to life on race day.  Setting appropriate race goals: process, outcome and/or effort goals.

Corsica Trail Running Camp
May 17 - 24, 2020

Arrival & Welcome

Arrival at Bastia or Calvi airport. A staff member will be there to welcome you and accompany you to your hotel in Calvi.

  • Meet the Capra team.
  • Introduction to Calvi & the local trails.
  • The official start of our camp will be over breakfast at your hotel 7:30am on Monday.

Day 1 | Vista Points

  • 7:00am – Optional morning run on the beach to see the nature awaking and discovering the Calvi citadel and wonderful beach in a peaceful atmosphere.
  • 8:00am – Breakfast & briefing
  • 10:00am – Trail capu di a Vata (Approx 2hr)
  • 1pm – Lunch
  • Free afternoon (optional available for site visits)
  • 6pm – Workshop
  • 8pm – Dinner

Run: Calvi – Capu di a vata loop – 11km / 700m D+ 

Day 2 | Calvi along the beach

  • 7:00am – Optional morning run
  • 8:00am – Breakfast & briefing
  • 10:00am – Trail Pte Revelata (approx 2.5hr)
  • 1pm – Lunch
  • Free afternoon (optional available for site visits)
  • 6pm – Workshop followed by optional village sunset & photography
  • Dinner (free time / recommendation available)

Run: Calvi – Pte revelata loop – 18 km / 300m D+

Day 3 | Calenzana

  • 7:00am – Breakfast
  • 7:45am – Transfer to Calenzana & briefing (12km via minibus)
  • 8:30am – Trail Orto Piobu (apprx. 5hr)
  • 2pm – Lunch in a Corsican’s Auberge on way back to hotel
  • Free afternoon (optional available for site visits)
  • 7pm – Optional workshop on Nutrition or Yoga
  • Dinner (free time / recommendation available)

Run: Calenzana – Refuge Orto Piobu – 22 km / 1800m D+

Day 4 | Bonifatu Forest

  • 7:00am – Breakfast
  • 7:45am – Transfer to Bonifatu & briefing (20km via minibus)
  • 8:30am – Trail di Ceppu (apprx. 4hr)
  • 1pm – Lunch in a Corsican’s Auberge on way back to hotel
  • Free afternoon (optional available for site visits)
  • 6pm – Workshop
  • Dinner (free time / recommendation available)

Run: Bonifatu – Ceppu trail loop – 15 km/ 1,600m D+.

The Ceppu trail offers an exceptional panorama of the Corsican coast, from around Porto to the vicinity of Ile Rousse, but also of  the high Corsican peaks such as Paglia Orba, Monte Cinto, Punta Minuta, Monte Corona or Monte Padru.

Day 5 | Galleria & Girolata

  • 7:00am – Breakfast
  • 7:45am – Transfer to Galleria & briefing (30km via minibus)
  • 9:00am – Trail Mare i Monti (apprx. 2.5hr)
  • 1pm – Lunch in Girolata, only accessible by road or sea
  • Return to Galeria with a boat transfer along the Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Free afternoon (optional available for site visits)
  • 6:30pm – Workshop
  • Dinner (free time / recommendation available)

Trail: Mare i Monti – 13 km/ 931m D+ 

Day 6 | GR20 Bringing all together!

  • 6:00am – Breakfast
  • 6:45am – Transfer to Calenzana & briefing (12km via minibus)
  • 7:30am – Trail GR20 stage 1&2 (approx 8hr – lunch on the way)
  • 5:00pm – Return from Asco to Calvi via minibus (approx 1h30min)
  • 8:00pm – Dinner with slideshow & prizes

Trail: Calenzana – Asco  – 25 km / 3,313m D+

Workshops

Workshops will take place in the hotel around 6 pm for c. 60 min.  Material is based on the latest research & our direct experience running and coaching ultra-runners. This is the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and exchange experiences.

Mental Resilience

Why do we fatigue? What does research say about building mental resilience? Should we seek "flow"?

Ultra Distance

An ultra-trail is not the same as a long marathon. How to train for the four disciplines of ultra-trails? How to avoid the main cause failures, develop well structured training plans and a personal race strategy.

Sport Nutrition (optional)

Essential elements of sport nutrition; latest research on assessment, including gut microbiome & nutrition genetics. Developing personal guidelines & race strategies.

About Your Camp Leader

Capra OL

Together we’ll get stronger and faster.

As far as I can remember, I have always loved swimming, exploring new sports. Since I discovered running 12 years ago, I have been more interested in different endurance events like marathons and Ironman triathlons. In parallel, my taste for travel and photography led me to explore new territories and to constantly push back my limits through new experiences. Trail running grew as a natural extension of my dual passion for exploring and running.  I currently focus on ultra trails (from 100 to 160 km).  Before Capra Adventures,  I work for 15 years as a photojournalist in the south of France and co-founded a photographic press agency.

Summary

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Run alpine and coastal trails
  • Discover Calvi, the village of Girolata, and Scandola, a Unesco world heritage site
  • Rest in stunning accommodation
  • Enjoy fine Corsica food specialities
  • Hone your fitness, training, and create a personal race strategies

TRAILS

  • Minimum Run Duration: 11km / 75min
  • Maximum Run Duration: 25-30km / 6-8 hrs
  • Week Run Duration: 104-110km
  • Total Elevation Gain: 8, 644m
  • Technical Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
  • Steepness: medium flat to very steep mountain slopes

Your 7-Day, 6-Night Camp Package Includes:

  • Six nights’ accommodation in high-quality hotels
  • Daily breakfasts and some dinners & lunches
  • Daily guided runs with local runners
  • Ground transportation and luggage transfers
  • Pick-up & drop off at Calvi or Bastia Airport
  • 4 Workshops
  • Trail snacks/energy food and drinks
Package Per Person (Shared Room): Package Per Person (Private Room): Deposit Amount: Duration: Running Level*:
£4,300 £4,800 £1,000 7 Days Moderate/Advanced

This Camp is Right for You If:

  • You are preparing for an ultra marathon
  • Have a decent fitness level but want to improve trail skills
  • Want to specifically prepare for course with significant elevation

If you have any questions, please go to our FAQ in the menu

Space is limited to 12. Reserve to secure your spot!