Travel, Run & Adventure with STRIVE Trips
Have you ever dreamed of running in the footsteps of champion Kenyan runners such as David Rudisha or Wilson Kipsang? How about running through Peru’s Sacred Valley along the Urubamba River and to the ancient steps of Machu Picchu? If these sound like fantasy adventure runs, they’re not! You really can run with the Kenyans and experience ancient ruins in Peru on an adventure with STRIVE Trips!
STRIVE Trips is a unique athletic, adventure, and service organization that believes in growth and learning through activity and travel. They offer various types of adventure programs through Kenya and Peru, and the best part is that they all feature incredible running for runners of all abilities and levels. If this sounds like your type of run-cation, STRIVE Trips has an adventure for you!
About STRIVE Trips for Adults*
At STRIVE Trips, their mission is to promote growth and learning for active people through travel to unique locations, immersion in new cultures, and (in student programs) ethical volunteer projects and educational workshops, all while maintaining a safe and structured athletic training environment.
STRIVE Adult Programs are unique travel opportunities catered to the runner or active traveler who wants to be more than just a tourist. Created based on the belief that kids shouldn’t have all the fun, Adult Trips feature a balance of education, adventure, and athletics. Participants learn through visits to local areas and sightseeing, immerse themselves in the culture with help from experienced staff and bilingual Gurus, many of whom have worked in their communities for years, and run, train, explore, and even race through some of the most incredible places in the world.
Dates: July 24th to Aug 2nd
Max Group Size: 12
Live and train like a Kenyan on this awe-inspiring trip through the Rift Valley. You’ll get to experience daily training of 2-12+ miles with world-class athletes and coaches in Iten. Past encounters have included world record holders David Rudisha and Wilson Kipsang and legendary coaches Renato Canova and Brother Colm O’Connell. Your training won’t be for nothing – the end of the trip will culminate in a 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon race. You’ll also learn about the rich Colonial history of East Africa at the famous Kericho tea fields, journey on a 3-day Safari to the Masai Mara, or extend your trip and relax on the beautiful Diana Beach.
Dates: Aug 9th to 18th
Max Group Size: 12
On this unbelievable adventure to Peru, you’ll get to explore Peru’s Sacred Valley as the Incas did – on foot! Run, bike, walk, or ride a private car between tranquil towns along the Urubamba River (2-12+ miles, depending on the day) and learn from experienced, bilingual, native English speaking Gurus guiding the trip, one of whom is even a world-class runner.
You’ll also have the opportunity to zip line or climb up and rappel down the famous Via Ferrata, visit one of the most famous artisan markets in Peru, Pisaq, and soak in nearby natural hot springs. Plus, you’ll get to experience one of the New Seven Wonders of the World: the ancient city of Machu Picchu.
Each STRIVE Trip features runs through the gorgeous valley of the Andes mountains in Peru, along dirt roads with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, or in the footsteps of champion Kenyan runners in Iten. Experienced staff members who know the area, the culture, and the running routes will assist the group on all runs and activities, so you’ll never get lost or miss a beat.
Runners of all abilities are welcome on STRIVE Trip adventures! Both trips through Kenya and Peru offer high altitude running, perfect for training or even racing. Each day, you’ll be offered the opportunity to run, bike, or walk 2-12+ miles through breathtaking scenery. In Kenya, you’ll even be able to run with professional runners, coaches, and athletes who train in the famous Iten area.
But don’t worry, you don’t need to be an Olympic-level athlete, or even very experienced in sport, to enjoy your activity of choice. You’ll be able to run as much or as little as you want each day with the assist from close-following vans. Regardless of your experience level, everyone will be able to run their own pace and distance. If you get tired, simply get scooped up by the van for a peaceful ride to your final destination.
Each day of your STRIVE Trip will be packed with opportunities for new experiences, from zip-lining down Andean cliff-sides to embarking on a safari to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, all with plenty of time for your daily run, hike, or biking session. Experienced and knowledgeable staff will provide all the resources you need to get the most out of your trip (plus cover all the logistical details) and still allow free time to explore on your own.
There’s no need to choose which type of adventure you’ll have, STRIVE Trips offers the best of all worlds: culture, learning, and activity. Don’t wait for memories. Go make them!
Adventure is Calling
Ready to take the leap and travel to Peru or Kenya? Minneapolis Running readers have been offered a generous $200 discount for any STRIVE Trip program if you mention this post in your application.