Summary of annual WMRA meetings

Written by Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, American Trail Running Association The annual winter meetings of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), an association under International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) patronage, whose membership in 2014 included 43 dues-paying nations, concluded in Monaco, today, Sunday, January 25, highlighted by lively discussion among its council members. Representing… Read more »

Help support US Mountain Running Team athletes

Did you know that ATRA has been raising money for over 10 years to support US athlete travel to the annual World Mountain Running Championships?  Food, lodging & ground transportation is covered by the event organizers but US Mountain Running Team members receive only a portion of their airline ticket reimbursement from USA Track & Field.  … Read more »

Bandera 100K & USA 100K Trail Championship Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: USA 100k Trail Championships in Bandera, Texas Written by Roy Pirrung, USATF Liaison, Bandera, TX, January 9, 2015 Photo by Rick Kent The winners keep getting younger in ultra championships, which is a sure sign of growth in the sport. The top 3 received prize money of $1,000-, 500 and 300 respectively…. Read more »

Trails In Motion Film Festival

From ATRA corporate member Bay Trail Runners: The first 2015 Trails In Motion Film Festival screening in the United States will be at Road Runner Sports in Campbell, CA on February 7th. Welcome global sponsor Trail Runner magazine, say hello to the reps from Hoka One One, and meet Richard Bolt from the American Trail… Read more »

Winter traction for trail running

By ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs I recently spoke with a newbie trail runner who was concerned about doing an upcoming trail race because of recent snows and the probability that the trails would be covered in snow. I introduced said runner to Icespike and she was thrilled to learn about a product she knew… Read more »

Trail running rules on the run

“Rules on the Run” are principles of trail running etiquette that foster environmentally-sound and socially-responsible trail running. These principles emulate the well-established principles of Leave No Trace, and Rules of the Trail by the IMBA. The American Trail Running Association believes that by educating trail runners to observe “Rules on the Run,” trail runners will be… Read more »

Welcome to the new trailrunner.com

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) enters the current technology decade with its newly designed website, www.trailrunner.com. Recrafting the site for a relaunch was the largest initiative undertaken by ATRA in 2014. With the support of ATRA’s board of directors, ATRA’s online marketing director Richard Bolt enlisted the Portland, Oregon-based 33 Degrees Design Studio and… Read more »

Vail offers a great winter challenge to trail runners

Vail, Colorado will host the FIS Alpine World Championships next month sharing the stage with its ski neighbor Beaver Creek from February 2-15, 2015, but a lesser known event is gaining momentum after a seven year legacy in this pristine winter wonderland. On Sunday, February 22, the 8th annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill will be… Read more »

2015 US Mountain Running Team Selection Criteria

The U.S. Mountain Running Championships, to be held at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon on Saturday, July 25, 2015, will be the sole selection race for the U.S. Mountain Running Team where the top 6 men and top 4 women to finish will earn berths to the team (provided they are USATF members and eligible… Read more »

Duct Tape TV – 2014 TNF 50 Mile Championships

ATRA Single-track corporate member Duct Tape TV covered last Decembers North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championship race. “I honestly think this race might be the most competitive ultra trail race in the U.S., maybe ever. No one can just walk away and easily win. You’ve got to really work for it, and even then… Read more »