US Trail Running Conference a resounding success

Written by ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs and Terry Chiplin. Nearly 150 trail runners, race directors and fans of the sport participated in the third annual Estes Trail Ascent – US Trail Running Conference Wednesday, October 7, to Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Attendees represented 13 states… Read more »

USATF’s MUT Council announces call for Runner of the Year nominations

USATF’s Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council announces call for Runner of the Year nominations. Nominated athletes must be current members of USA Track & Field and hold US Citizenship. Some athletes will be nominated automatically based on performances in select USATF National Championships and World Championship events. Anyone can nominate an athlete for the… Read more »

Ultra Sports Live TV Official Live Media Sponsor of Race SLO

Press release from Race SLO. Race SLO is an ATRA corporate member and organizer of the SLO Ultra trail race at Wild Cherry Canyon (September 10, 2016). SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – (October 7, 2015) – Race SLO, the Central Coast’s endurance sporting event leader, has announced Ultra Sports Live TV as its Official Live… Read more »

Why Trail Runners Matter to IMBA & Mountain Biking

The following series of slides was created by Rod Judd, Head of Business Development & Marketing Communications for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and presented at the 3rd annual US Trail Running Conference in Estes Park, CO on October 8, 2015. IMBA and the American Trail Running Association partner on trail maintenance, user access and conservation… Read more »

Flora Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon Preview

Press release from race director Tad Davis. Flora Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon – USATF 1/2 Marathon Trail Championships Coming to Bellingham, WA on October 17, 2015.  The field for the 2015 USATF National Trail Half Marathon Championships promises to be the most competitive in the nation this year with both Patrick Smyth (Nike) of… Read more »

Timeline for Directing a Trail Running Race

Here’s a great takeaways from today’s trail race director session at the Trail Running Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. Written by Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, ATRA. A Recommended Timeline for Directing a Trail Running Race: At least 12 months before – Make a mental commitment to do it – Select a site – Select a distance –… Read more »

Race Report: The Inaugural Hermit Pass Marathon

Written by Race Director Barbara Sutton.  Photos courtesy of Jewel Heisig and John Peleaux. The first ever Hermit Pass Marathon, Half Hermit and Lucky Hermit 13K held at A Painted View Ranch near Westcliffe, CO in southern central Colorado, welcomed a total of 40 runners on a bright, crisp fall morning Sept 19, 2015. Fifteen… Read more »

Passing the torch at Tejas Trails

Written by Chris McWatters You may have read the recent article from Joe Prusaitis about how he and his wife, Joyce, passed their “baby” (Tejas Trails) on to a new guy. I’m that “new guy.” I want you to know about some plans of mine to honor these two people, their Austin, TX-based trail running… Read more »

Junior Men’s Mountain Running Team ends Medal Drought in Wales

Written by Nancy Hobbs – Treasurer, World Mountain Running Association Photos by Richard Bolt – Team Leader, US Mountain Running Team Team USA’s junior men struck double silver at the 31st World Mountain Running Championships held at Betws-y-Coed, Wales on Saturday, September 19, earning the first-ever junior men’s medals at the event. Team USA started… Read more »

Flashback Friday: 2002 7 Sister’s Race Report

“Editors note: 7 Sister’s Trail Race Report was written by Ben Nephew for ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter #25 – originally published in 2002.  Ben lives in Mansfield, Massachusetts and is an Assistant Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.” Victory at Last Since this race took three years to develop, this is… Read more »