Trail running for a cause – Run d’Haiti

Story by IV Whitman – originally published in ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter– Volume 18, Number 63 – Spring 2013 We run to get fit, to win, to help, to remember and to say we’ve done “it.” But most of us run each day for the simple pleasure of getting outside and breathing to the determined… Read more »

Race Report: Through the Mist at Moby Dick

Story by Laura Clark – originally published in ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter – Volume 18, Number 63 – Spring 2013 Photo from runwmac.com Since it was first published in 1851, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick has come to symbolize everyman’s quest for something beyond day-to-day trivia, a reach outside the box toward a larger justification. And… Read more »

8 Trail Running Tips: How to get started

Want to get started trail running but are unsure where to begin?  Here are 8 simple trail running tips for beginners and first time trail runners. You’ve read a few things about trail running and even had a few friends tell you a thing or two about the sport, but you are still apprehensive about… Read more »

Defining our sport – mountain running

Trail and mountain running have been categorized using several elements to include terrain/surface, elevation (gain or loss), and distance. Trail running the Grand Canyon – Photo by Jared Scott In the United States, mountain running and trail running are often used interchangeably and in most cases, refer to the same type of running in terms… Read more »

Inaugural trail running conference announced

For the first time, trail runners will have a conference dedicated to their “sport.” The Inaugural Estes Trail Ascent will be held June 20-22, 2013, in Estes Park, Colorado, at the world-renowned Stanley Hotel. The conference will include break-out sessions and seminars led by experts in their respective fields. Topics to be covered range from… Read more »

Book Review: Dandelion Growing Wild, by Kim Jones

Sometimes a connection is felt when reading another’s personal life story and this is one of those times. Over the past few days, I have enjoyed pouring through the 21 chapters in Kim Jones’ recently self-published autobiography, Dandelion Growing Wild: A triumphant journey over astounding odds by American marathon champion. Although not known as a trail… Read more »

OrthoLite renews partnership with ATRA

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is pleased to announce that OrthoLite has renewed their partnership and will continue to be known as the official insole of ATRA. OrthoLite has been a major supporter of ATRA for nearly a decade, the most of which has been as an official partner. “We are thrilled to continue OrthoLite’s… Read more »

World Mountain Running Association concludes annual meeting

The World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) held its annual council meeting January 11-13, 2013. The three-days of meetings for the nine-member council were held at the Marriott hotel located on the Riviera, La Porte de Monaco. The first two days of meetings dealt with the many programs which the WMRA oversees to include the signature… Read more »

USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Championships announced

Max King wins the 2012 USA 50k Trail Championships At the USATF annual meetings in Daytona Beach, Florida, in early December, the mountain ultra trail council awarded 2013 championship designation to events in seven states. The events include the following: USA 100km Trail – January 12, Bandera, TX-Bandera 100K USA 50 Mile Trail – March… Read more »