Book Review: The Trail Runner’s Companion

Book review written by Laura Clark for our Summer 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. The Trail Runner’s Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, 5Ks to Ultras, by Sarah Lavender Smith. Falcon, 2017. The first thing I do when I approach a book is admire the jacket, glance at the table of contents and… Read more »

Where Buffalo Roam and Runners Run

Written by Mike Teger for ATRA’s Summer 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. Mike lives and runs on the trails near his home in Colorado Springs. An ATRA member, Mike was the – in his words, “lucky recipient” – of a race entry provided by Spectrum Sports Management to ATRA for its monthly e-newsletter giveaway. I have… Read more »

Record Set At The 2017 Barr Trail Mountain Race

The 17th Barr Trail Mountain Race was held in Manitou Springs, Colorado, on Sunday, July 16. On a day which started under cloud cover and slight fog, the skies cleared and temperatures warmed to the upper 60s for the 7:00 a.m. start time. Nearly 300 runners finished within the three hour and thirty minute cutoff… Read more »

U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team Selected To Compete In Italy At World Championships

Written by U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team Manager Paul Kirsch. With a record number of applicants, USATF’s Mountain Ultra Trail executive committee has selected some of the nation’s top junior cross country, track, mountain and trail runners to compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy on July 30. Junior athletes, ranging in age… Read more »

Spring 2017 Trail Running Survey Results

Several times a year the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) conducts surveys to understand trends within our sport, demographic profiles of its participants and their preferences. Complete survey results are made available to corporate members at the Switchback, Steep & Rocky and All-terrain levels. The following selected outtakes are from our most recent trail running… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Camden, Maine

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series and the sixth in 2017. Every month we will feature an article about a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature Camden, Maine, population 4,850. Trail Town The town of Camden’s motto, “where the… Read more »

16th European Mountain Running Championships Event Preview

Written by WMRA Council Member Tomo Šarf for the local organizing committee (LOC). On Saturday, 8 July the best European mountain runners will test their strength in Kamnik/Slovenia at the 16th annual European Mountain Running Championships. A record number of 240 runners from 27 countries will compete this prestigious competition with the finish on 1660m… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Dawn Lisenby

Please welcome our newest American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak. We’re proud to introduce you to Dawn Lisenby, a trail runner who builds community through coaching, race directing, and volunteering. One of those volunteer projects is coaching for the Police Athletic League (PAL), in her local community of Flagler Beach, Florida;… Read more »

ITRA Responds to U.S. Ultra-Trail Race Directors’ Open Letter About UTMB Qualifying

[Editors Note] The following press release is from the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) in response to an open letter from nine U.S. ultra-trail race directors published on ultrarunning.com and trailrunningmag.com. We are publishing ITRA’s response in the interest of promoting an open discussion about the role of organizations like ITRA in the U.S. trail… Read more »