Throughout the year, we host events that give local runners a chance to test out new products, learn some awesome running tips, and socialize with each other. We believe that running makes people happier and healthier – and we want that community to get together and grow!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Group Run with Brooks and Garmin, December 19, 6pm

Take a break from the hecticness of the holidays and join us for a fun, relaxing group run with Brooks and Garmin. Break out your ugliest Christmas sweater for a chance to win a prize!

During this run, you can take a pair of Brooks running shoes out for a test run and demo a Garmin watch as well! We’ll cast votes for the ugliest Christmas sweater, and the winner gets a prize!

We will also be running some store specials.



Christmas Lights Group Run with Nathan,

Dec. 21, 6:30 pm

Join us for group run through the Meadow Branch neighborhood to celebrate Christmas and enjoy the Christmas lights!

Headed up by Vernon Heavner, this annual run will go about 5 miles.

Nathan will also be joining up so you can test out lights and reflective gear while on the run!

Afterwards, we will head to 50/50 Tap House for food and drinks.





Taking Control: A Self-Defense Class for Women

Join the ladies at Runners’ Retreat for a FREE, hands-on self-defense class co-sponsored by The Laurel Center, The Winchester Police Department, and Runners’ Retreat!

Basic: February 8
Advanced: February 15

Both are from 6-9 pm.

Participants will learn Situational Awareness, Safety Information, and Basic Self-Defense Techniques and Applications.

Please register by calling Kelliann Harris at The Laurel Center: 540-667-6160