Thank you for registering for the 2019 Podium Retreat!

Hello and welcome to Podium Retreats 2019! I am so honored that you have chosen to attend this year! I am very excited about the weekend we have planned and I hope that you leave with some new skills, a group of new friends, and your heart full.

First things first you now need to book your room! We have a group rate of $189 for a room with either two queens or a king. You can choose to stay at either the Marriott or the Residence Inn by Marriott in Boulder. It is first come first serve at the hotels. While our activities will take place at the newly renovated Boulder Marriott, the Residence Inn by Marriott is right across the parking lot and is the newest hotel in Boulder. You MUST book your room by 9/18/19 to secure the group rate. After 9/19/19 the rate cannot be guaranteed.

To book at the the Boulder Marriott click here: Group rate for Podium Retreat
To book at the Residence Inn by Marriott click here: Group rate for Podium Retreat

If you are travel from the Denver Airport to Boulder, there are a few options for you to take.
Uber is available at DIA. There are also two great shuttle services to take. You can travel on Super Shuttle: or on Greenride:

We understand that life changes. Please pay attention to our cancellation policy below. As the retreat approaches we cannot offer full refunds due to ordered food and supplies.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation by August 1st: 100% refund.
  • Cancellation by August 18: 75% refund.
  • Cancellation by September 18th: 50% refund.
  • After September 18th there will be no refund.

What do you need to bring to the retreat? You’ll need comfortable clothes to sit in for lectures, to do activity in, and of course to run in! If you want to change out of workout clothes for dinner that’s fine, but it’s ok to be very casual throughout the retreat as well. The weather could be anything from 80 plus degrees and sunny to cold and snowy so keep an eye on the weather as the retreat approaches.

I am so excited host you this year! Our theme will be Acceptance and I’m very eager to explore that theme with you all! Please check out the tentative schedule below and then get ready! We are going to have an amazing time, welcome to Kara Goucher Podium Retreats!!

-Kara Goucher

retreat schedule

What to expect over the weekend: (This schedule is subject to change)


7:00-8:30 Meet and greet happy hour, registration and goodie bag pick up.

8:30-9:00 Welcome and staff intros.


7:30-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-9:30 Talk with Functional Nutritionist Penny Sparks

9:45-11:30 Super fun workout at the University of Colorado track (don’t worry, this won’t be hard but will help us to get to know each other!)

12:30 Lunch Buffet

1:00-2:00 Lecture by Dr. Amy Oldenberg

2:15-3:15 Lecture by Shanna Burnette

3:30- 5:00 Strength workout with Erin Carson

6:00-7:00 Cocktail hour

7:00 Dinner


7:30-8:30 Breakfast

9:00-10:15 optional run

10:30-11:30 Pilates with Tracey Katona

12:00 Lunch Buffet

2:30-1:30 Talk with Anna Paffel

1:45-2:45 How acceptance has lead to a rebirth in my running by Kara Goucher

3:00-4:30 Self Defense workshop with Julie Morrill

5:30-6:30 Cocktail hour

6:30 Dinner

7:30 Circle of Trust and Closing Remarks

guest speakers

Amy Oldenburg, MD
Runner, wife, mother of 9 year old twins, sports medicine physician. I started running when I was 5 doing local fun runs. I thought it was so fun I have continued ever since. I ran my marathon PR in NYC at age 37, 3:00:17.
University of Wyoming, BS in Exercise Physiology
University of Minnesota Medical School
North Colorado Family Medicine Residency
Hennepin County Medical Center/University of Minnesota Fellowship in Sports Medicine

Anna Paffel
Anna Paffel, MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker with earned her degree at Columbia University. She currently practices at Kaiser Permanente in Palliative Care. Anna has been presenting at Podium Retreats since 2014 and is passionate about the pursuit of vulnerability and bravery. In addition to her professional work, Anna is married and mom to William (9) and Eddison (5).

Shanna Burnette
Shanna leads ModCraft’s client acquisition, account management, and media event design. As a collegiate all-star Division I NCAA runner and MBA graduate, Burnette has always set track records both athletically and professionally. She has close ties to fashion, health, sports, and fitness editorial communities across North America and internationally. She nurtures her relationships with key editors, and is skilled in helping niche brands break into mainstream media outlets. She has consistently placed clients in top media outlets and hosted press events that generated engagement, increased brand awareness, and drove sales.

Tracey Katona
Tracey Katona is a level 5 certified Romana’s Pilates Instructor.  A former professional ballerina with the American Repertory Ballet, she began classical Pilates to stay healthy throughout her ballet career. After retirement from ballet, she moved to the west coast from NY and began teaching Pilates  at Nike WHQ.  Her passion for teaching authentic Pilates has made her  the most sought after Pilates Instructor at Nike for over twelve years.  Tracey recently created the Nike Training Club Core Strength Workout for their app featuring Gracie Gold this past year. She has taught many professional athletes and celebrities such as LeBron James, Antonio Brown, Melanie Griffith, Emily Infeld, Evan Jager, Channing Frye, Chris Paul, Lindsey Vonn, two of her faves Adam and Kara Goucher and many more.  In 2013 Miss Katona choreographed Michelle Obama’s launch with Nike and the White House for Let’s Move Active Schools.
For over 10 years now Tracey serves as a featured instructor for Canyon ranch Spas. In addition to launching Katona Pilates this year, Tracey also has added technical advisor to her resume working on photo shoots and video for movement for Nike and other brands.  Like her mentor Mari Winsor, her purpose is teaching and supporting people to move with quality, control and grace through the work of Joe Pilates.
Her favorite quote? “If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.” -Dolly Parton

Julie Morrill
Julie teaches Krav Maga, a practical hand-to-hand combat system developed by the Israeli military.  She conducts safety workshops for women and girls around the world.  She is also a consultant in emergency preparedness and security and the vice president of Mahila Partnership, a nonprofit organization that supports the health needs of women and girls following disasters.  Learn more at:

Erin Carson
A certified strength and conditioning Specialist with over twenty years of experience, Erin Carson is the driving force of ECFIT performance strength programming. As Mirinda Carfrae’s, triathlon world champion, strength coach since 2012, Erin has designed a program specifically for endurance athletes to attain the ability to train significantly harder with a reduced chance of injury. Some of the most recognized endurance coaches have grown to trust Erin and her team of strength coaches with their athletes.

Penny Sparks
Penny Sparks is a Functional Nutritionist and the founder of Telos Foods.  She stopped by the 2018 Podium Retreats and the biggest request was to have her back as a speaker!