2016 Podium Retreat Registration


Once again, I am so excited to announce the details of my 2016 Podium Retreat! I’m happy to announce that the 2016 edition of my Podium Retreat for Women Runners will be held October 13th - October 16th!

As usual, my retreats are open to female runners of all kinds! This year we have an amazing group of Guest Speakers, free goodies, fun workouts and runs, and so much more! I can't wait for you all to join me in Tucson, Arizona at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort! It's going to an amazing retreat! You can also find even more information over on my 2016 Podium Retreats announcement blog

To register for the 2016 Podium Retreat, follow these three easy steps:

Step One: Register with me via the “Pay Now” button below. This is where you’ll pay the registration fee.

*All retreat attendees with receive gift bags with items provided by my favorite companies and brands!

Step Two: Book your hotel room. Once you've registered and paid for the retreat through PayPal, you'll be sent a confirmation email within 24 hours (in addition to your payment confirmation) with a link to a private confirmation page. Save this link and visit the page for info regarding resort reservations.

All attendees are responsible for booking their own room after they register. All participants are required to stay at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort with the rest of the retreat. Check out my blog post for more info about the resort!


Step Three: Get excited! I'll see you in October!

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Retreat Schedule:

Schedule (this may be slightly modified later!):

Thursday October 13:

3:30pm- 5:00pm: Check In
5:30pm - 7:00pm: Welcome from staff and social hour
7:00pm - Dinner

Friday October 14:
7:00am - 8:00am: Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am : Run (runs will be spilt into groups based on how far/fast you want to go. Please don’t be intimated, you definitely will have someone to run with!)
9:00am - 9:30am: Stretch and sharing circle
10:30am - 11:30am: Speaker - Shanna Burnette - “Passion and Purpose”
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch
12:15pm - 1:15pm: Speaker - Lottie Bildirici - “Health Nutrition and Demo, My Story”  
1:30pm - 3:00pm: Speakers - Megan Marshall and Jody Whipple -  “F.L.Y. Movement, Fuel Love You”
3:00pm -3:45pm: Kara core and Pilates with Tracey
5:00pm: Opportunity to shop products from my sponsors
6:00pm: Happy hour and product talk from sponsors
7:00pm: Dinner
8:00pm: Former retreaters open mic 

Saturday October 15:
8:00am -9:00am: Breakfast
9:00am - 10:00am: Run (this is a good day to get up early and do a long run if you need one for the weekend. We are purposely starting a little later this day so people with long runs can get one in! Once again, don’t be intimidated! You’ll have someone to run with!)
11:00am - 12:00pm: Speaker - Amy - “It’s All About Race Day”
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch
12:45pm -1:45pm: Speaker - Anna - “Possibilites”
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Kara, yours truly - “My Story”
3:00pm - 3:40pm: Kara Core and Pilates with Tracey 
5:00pm:  Shopping Opportunity
6:00pm: Happy Hour and talk from sponsors
7:00pm: Dinner
7:30pm: Speaker Panel FAQ / Discussion

Sunday October 16:
8:30am: Breakfast starts
9:00am - 11:00am: Circle of Sisterhood
* The Circle of Sisterhood is the closing of the retreat and it is the MOST IMPORTANT event of the retreat! Please plan travel and transportation accordingly - you won’t want to miss it! You can run before or after, but we strongly encourage you to make sure you are there on time so that we all have a chance to speak and be heard! You won’t regret it!

The theme of the 2014 Podium Retreat was “We Are Unlimited” and the theme of 2015’s retreat was “Be Brave”. What will 2016 hold? Come and experience it with us!

Guest Speakers:

Don't forget! We have an AMAZING group of ladies joining us to speak at the retreat!  

Shanna Burnette:
Shanna leads ModCraft’s client acquisition, account management, and media event design. As a collegiate all-star Division I NCAA runner and MBA graduate, Burnette has always set track records both athletically and professionally. She has close ties to fashion, health, sports, and fitness editorial communities across North America and internationally. She nurtures her relationships with key editors, and is skilled in helping niche brands break into mainstream media outlets. She has consistently placed clients in top media outlets and hosted press events that generated engagement, increased brand awareness, and drove sales.

Lottie Bildirici:
Lottie lives in Brooklyn, New York. She currently swims, bikes, runs and does everything in between. She's completed 9 half marathons, including NYC, Disney Princess and Long Branch, where she placed first in her age group. Besides for half marathons, shes competed in countless smaller distance races around the NYC area. You can always find her running the streets of Brooklyn or trying new and challenging fitness classes in NYC. Lottie interned for Candle Cafe  as a recipe developer, worked at Basin Bar in Asbury, NJ as the head raw food chef in 2013 and does several food demos and private/semi private cooking classes including demoing for Nike athletes. She is also a blogger for women's running magazine along with her own blog runonveg.com. Over the last four years she has totally transformed her lifestyle. Started eating cleaner food and began to work out daily. She found tremendous benefits not only in the way I feel physically, but emotionally as well. Along with attending the Fashion Institute of Technology as an Advertising and Marketing Communication major, Lottie also is attending The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, class of December 2015. And is certified holistic health coach wor
king with athletes all over the world. 

Megan Marshall, M. Ed.
As a D1 athlete I experienced mental health issues (depression, anxiety, ED).  I currently work at Penn State as an academic adviser, while educating students on body image & bystander intervention on our campus.  I wanted to create this platform in athletics where you can talk about anything without judgement.  There is a freedom and feeling of flight to that.  Hence, The F.L.Y. Movement.

Jody Whipple, RD, LDN, CDE
I have been a Registered Dietician for 24 years and realized very early in my career that I wanted to educate and support my clients to be healthy at all shapes and sizes, as well as learn to eat intuitively.  This path was a natural avenue to working with individuals suffering from eating disorders, which I have done in my private practice for 16 years, as well as at a large university. 

Amy Oldenburg, MD
Runner, wife, mother of 5 year old twins, sports medicine physician. I started running when I was 5 doing local fun runs. I thought it was so fun I have continued ever since. I ran my marathon PR in NYC at age 37, 3:00:17.
University of Wyoming, BS in Exercise Physiology
University of Minnesota Medical School
North Colorado Family Medicine Residency
Hennepin County Medical Center/University of Minnesota Fellowship is Sports Medicine

Anna Paffel
Anna Paffel, MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker who received her Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University. She practices at Kaiser Permanente in Colorado. Anna is married to Tim, and is the mom to William (8) and Eddison (4). When not at work, she enjoys yoga, skiing, reading and spending time with family and friends. 

Tracey Katona
Tracey Katona is a level 5 certified Romana's Pilates Instructor.  A former professional ballerina with the American Repertory Ballet, she began classical Pilates to stay healthy throughout her ballet career. After retirement from ballet, she moved to the west coast from NY and began teaching Pilates  at Nike WHQ.  Her passion for teaching authentic Pilates has made her  the most sought after Pilates Instructor at Nike for over twelve years.  Tracey recently created the Nike Training Club Core Strength Workout for their app featuring Gracie Gold this past year. She has taught many professional athletes and celebrities such as LeBron James, Antonio Brown, Melanie Griffith, Emily Infeld, Evan Jager, Channing Frye, Chris Paul, Lindsey Vonn, two of her faves Adam and Kara Goucher and many more.  In 2013 Miss Katona choreographed Michelle Obama's launch with Nike and the White House for Let's Move Active Schools.
For over 10 years now Tracey serves as a featured instructor for Canyon ranch Spas. In addition to launching Katona Pilates this year, Tracey also has added technical advisor to her resume working on photo shoots and video for movement for Nike and other brands.  Like her mentor Mari Winsor, her purpose is teaching and supporting people to move with quality, control and grace through the work of Joe Pilates.
Her favorite quote? "If you see someone without a smile, give them yours." -Dolly Parton