Seventy-five miles east of Chicago, New Buffalo is a classic Harbor Country town: quaint, beachfront, and perfect for a weekend focused on friendship. We set up retreat in a ranch-style home, with private beach access, on the quiet eastern shore of Lake Michigan. More than just a home base to relax after the long spring and summer training season, the house was a discovery in and of itself. A sprawling lawn, kitchen island perfect for snacks, and a basement filled with knick knacks, dusty artwork and a taxidermy bison, which 3RUN2’s Josh Sauvageau uncovered and introduced to the group. Refueling, naps and alternating dips in the lake and hot tub were the order of business after only one morning run and yoga session. But come dinner time things got a little more loose, fueled by games of brains and braun, perfect guacamole, and signature cocktails (or three). Our not-so-latent competitive spirits were on full display during a game of “Wheel of Misfortune” when a can of bizarre lemon lime alcohol was punishment.


That’s retreat life for you.


Peter and Joshua testing the waters.

Joshua stakes his claim.

Cheers to the freakin weekend, Brady.


Pete's Coffee.

Mentally preparing for the Nothin' Dune 10k.

Tools of the trade.

Post-run yoga session led by fellow camper Joshua.

Contrast therapy. 

Breakfast serenade by BK.

Breakfast serenade by BK.

After the run and breakfast, the campers settled in for a day of games and signature cocktails by AA

Brady Knippenberg, a Mayflower descendant, prepares a delicious meal.

Kan Freakin Jam

The Wheel of Misfortune and the price of admission.

The Wheel of Misfortune requires a sacrifice in the lake. 

Everyone made it.