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AKtive Camp 231

Mon June 3 - Fri June 7 Palmer, AK 99645 US Directions


AKtive Camp 231 - DAY ONLY

9:00AM AKDT - 2:00PM AKDT

AKtive Camp 231 - FULL CAMP

9:00AM AKDT - 2:00PM AKDT

2024 AKtive Camp 231 CANCELLED

2024 AKtive Camp 231 has been CANCELLED due to insufficient participant numbers.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause. Our team here at AKtive Events is currently exploring alternative options and opportunities for future youth running events, and we will keep you informed of any developments in this regard.
If you were previously registered please check your email for more details regarding refunds.

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10051 N Moose Lick Cir
Palmer, AK US 99645


2 Peaks, 30+ Miles, 1 Week of Trail Fun!!

AKtive Camp 231 may be described as a foundational training camp for high school runners but it is so much more than that. It is an exploration of nature, a challenge to push limits, and a chance to forge lasting friendships.

Campers will receive quality coaching in both mountain and trail running form, technique, and endurance by local high school cross country coaches Rhonda Knopp and Norm Rousey who have a combined experience of over 40 years of coaching youth and adult runners throughout Alaska.

AKtive Camp will challenge our teen runners in skill, endurance and fortitude as well as provide learning opportunities about proper training, fueling, and safety involved in long distance and high altitude running. Campers will get to know local trails and gain confidence running through the Alaskan wilderness. They will also receive tips and training advice from local guest speakers and endurance athletes and have opportunities to participate in orienteering and wilderness safety activities.


Why Trail Running?

Trail running isn't just about the miles covered; it's a holistic experience that nurtures physical fitness, mental resilience, and a profound connection with the great outdoors. Our camp is designed to introduce young minds to the joy of running amidst nature's wonders, promoting a healthy, active lifestyle while fostering a love for adventure.


Camp Highlights:

Trail Adventures: Embark on a new trail each day and discover some of the best running trails the MatSu Valley has to offer. Our experienced guides and coaches will lead participants through a variety of terrains, ensuring every run is an exploration.

Trail Techniques: Learn essential trail running techniques from seasoned coaches. From uphill climbs to downhill descents, participants will master the art of navigating diverse terrains safely and efficiently.

Outdoor Skills: Beyond running, campers will develop valuable outdoor skills. From basic navigation to Leave No Trace principles, they'll gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the natural world.

Team Building: Forge bonds with fellow campers through team-building activities and group challenges. Together, they'll conquer obstacles, share victories, and create memories that last a lifetime.

Campfire Stories: Gather around the campfire for stories, laughter, and a celebration of daily achievements. It's a time for reflection, camaraderie, and building a sense of community among young adventurers.

Camp Games and Activities: In addition to running, we've planned a variety of fun activities to keep the energy high and spirits higher. From scavenger hunts to outdoor games, every moment is a chance for laughter and camaraderie.


Camp Registrations:

There are two options for registration this year.

Full Camp ($600) includes overnight accommodations at Mountain Streams Lodge, meals, and transportation to and from trailheads each day. Campers will arrive Monday, June 3rd at 8:30am and be picked up on Friday, June 7th by 3:00pm.

Day Only ($300) will include participation on the trails each day with campers being responsible for their rides to and from the trailheads. Campers will arrive to the assigned trail each day at 9:00am and leave at 2:00pm. They will still receive all of the coaching, skills training and activities for the day but will not stay overnight or participate in extra evening activities at the B&B. (We are providing this option for kids who may need to work during the evenings or do not feel comfortable staying overnight. Please get in touch with us if cost is a prohibiting factor of your child doing the Full Camp.)


Trail Schedule: (subject to change)

  • 6/3 - Government Peak Rec Area Trails

  • 6/4 - Lazy Mountain

  • 6/5 - Matanuska Lake

  • 6/6 - Government Peak

  • 6/7 - Government Peak Rec Area Trails/Hatcher Pass


How to Prepare:

Please take the time to read the first email that is sent to you which will include the camp handbook and a basic training program. While your child will be coached in running techniques and learn different aspects of running, they should also be ready for the intensity of this camp. There are no pace requirements as we will have pace chaperones for all levels but your child should be able to run at least six miles (10K) without stopping.


What to Bring:  

  • Hydration Pack

  • Trail Running Shoes

  • Running Socks

  • Watch

  • Sunglasses/Hat

  • Light Jacket

  • Food/Fuel

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug Spray

  • Bear Spray

  • Personal First Aid (EpiPen, Medications)

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Pillow

  • Toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, soap, shampoo, etc)

  • Pajamas

  • Non phone entertainment: camp/card games, campfire stories, etc.

**If you have questions about any of the gear requirements, please reach out to our Camp Director, Heidi Quinn at**


Registration & Refunds Policy:

Camp registration will open on Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 12:00am. Camp is limited to 30 participants so please sign up early to guarantee your spot.

Due to the costs associated with putting on events such as this, a 50% refund will be offered until Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 11:59pm. After that date, no refunds will be provided. No deferrals or registration transfers will be allowed.



Please be sure your email is set to receive mail from both RunSignUp and as we will be communicating often through email to help prepare your kids for camp. We also utilize social media for event updates. You can follow us on Instagram: @aktiveevents or on Facebook:


Parent Volunteers:

If you would like to help out at camp this year please see the volunteer tab at the top of this page. We have opportunities available to help with cooking, food prep, and trail chaperoning. 


Youth Trail Badge:

We are proud to feature the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) approved Youth Trail Badge. This program was designed to raise awareness of trail races and events among youth runners.


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