XCEL (Fall, 2021)

XCEL is for athletes aged 14 -18 that have the desire to perform at a higher level in the sport of Adventure Running and beyond.

Program Objectives

This new 6 week in person and 12 week training plan of XCEL provides two primary programs:


1) A training program for running performance, with a focus on trail running provided by our Adventure Running Kids Program Manager Jay Thompson (BA, MA, MLIS, PhD candidate and Altis Running Endurance Coach)

The custom designed running component of XCEL will include a weekly training plan that will follow athletes through their training journey and will focus on the ARK fundamentals of Strength, Endurance, Agility, and Speed. As an experienced trail and ultra-runner, Jay will coach and support participants on their individual journey to improve their running fitness and experience, enhancing their enjoyment and performances on the trails. There will be weekly run meetups on Sunday's to practice both running skills and navigation. 


2) Advanced in person navigation training and mini-races.

Together with Dontgetlost Adventure Running board members, we will facilitate in person running and navigation clinics/mini races on a bi-weekly (Sunday) basis. Participants will be lead through exercises in navigation skill building and running specific activities during these sessions. 

Program Goals


Combined with enhanced running fitness and community engagement with like minded athletes, this program will support participants in their adventure running and trail running goals. This program aims to support opportunities for participation in existing DGL races and other local trail races, while improving athletes fitness levels, team dynamics and navigation skills.



 $100 includes: 

  • Six Bi-weekly In person runs with XCEL group to improve fitness, navigation, and social connections 

  • 12 weeks of detailed, custom running program development and support by Jay Thompson 

  • Opportunity to develop social connections with peers across DGL ARX locations

  • Monthly XXLeague courses (to start spring 2021, dates to be confirmed)

  • Encouragement to participate in X League races and Raid the Rib Team races

  • Participate in the development of a program that supports improved fitness and navigation

  • Participate in other local trail races as an XCEL team 

Registration Opens July 30