Rain Falls; Runners Climb At The Smarna Gora Record Mountain Race

Written by Richard Bolt for the World Mountain Running Association. Photos: Smarna Gora Race. Rainy weather didn’t stop some of the world’s best mountain runners as they ascended Smarna Gora at Slovenia’s premier uphill mountain race yesterday. Smarna Gora Record – a 1.8 km grueling climb with 360 meters of ascent – is also a… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review – Colorado Alpine Trail Runs

Colorado Alpine Trail Runs, by Annalise Grueter. Colorado Mountain Club Press, 2022. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. The operational consideration for this guidebook is the phrase, “trail runs.” The 45 scenic adventures described,… Read more »

Trails Are For Every Body – Meet AJ Wojtalik

The following profile is a part of our Trails Are For Every Body Instagram series produced by ATRA board member Kriste Peoples. ATRA celebrates trail athletes at all levels of engagement and ability, and because the Trails Are For Every Body, each week we’re sharing the profiles of trail enthusiasts you might not otherwise know…. Read more »

Mountain Running Double-Header Coming to Slovenia’s Šmarna Gora

This weekend Slovenia will host a pair of historic mountain running races in the rugged hills overlooking the capital of Ljubljana. First organized in 1979, the Šmarna gora mountain running race has grown from a local race to becoming internationally recognized as an World Athletics (formerly IAAF) permit race in 2001 and most recently hosting… Read more »

ATRA Members Aravaipa & Salomon Offer Sponsorships to Frenzy 50 Mile Winners

Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member Aravaipa Running. Created as a first-of-its-kind opportunity, Aravaipa Running and Salomon are offering the female and male winners of the McDowell Mountain Frenzy 50-mile race an instant athletic sponsorship for 2023. What’s the catch? You just have to win. Prize for the female and male winners include:… Read more »

Heath & Dalton Win the 2022 USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships

Written by USATF Championship liaison Lin Gentling. Photos: Kelly Randolph. On a cool, overcast, and misting morning the 2022 trail half marathon national championships were held just outside of Cable, WI on the American Birkebeiner ski and mountain bike courses. The rain overnight had made for slick and greasy conditions, but that did not deter… Read more »

World Championships Team Member Rachel Tomajczyk Joins Merrell

Announcement from Merrell footwear. Elite trail runners Aum Gandhi and Rachel Tomajczyk make for the brand’s first-ever U.S. athletes Merrell®, the world’s leading outdoor footwear brand, announced it has added trail runners Aum Gandhi and Rachel Tomajczyk to its roster of global athletes. Gandhi and Tomajczyk are the inaugural members of Merrell’s U.S. trail running… Read more »

Birkie Trail Run to host USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships

The USATF Half Marathon Trail Running Championships will be held in Cable, WI, on Saturday, September 24, at the Birkie Trail Running Festival. Birkie also hosted this national championship in 2017, 2018, 2020, and 2021. This year’s course will start and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead located on McNaught Road in Cable, WI. The… Read more »

Trails Are For Every Body – Meet Ayako Sawanobori

The following profile is a part of our Trails Are For Every Body Instagram series produced by ATRA board member Kriste Peoples. As you may already know, ATRA celebrates trail athletes at every level of engagement and ability, and because the Trails Are For Every Body, we’re sharing the profiles of trail enthusiasts you might… Read more »

ATRA Member On Running Creates Shoe Made From Carbon Emissions

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member On Running. Introducing an innovation to the footwear industry, Swiss company On says it has created the first shoe using carbon emissions as a raw material in its foam, according to a press release shared with Retail Dive. The Cloudprime shoe — which uses CleanCloud EVA foam in… Read more »

Dobson and Gray Take Down Records at Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top

The 57th edition of the Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top will go down in history as the most competitive race of all-time because not one, but two, decades-old records were broken in a span of 10 minutes and 25 seconds. The motivation: a $3,000 course record premium for both male and female participants if they broke the… Read more »

Tyrol, Austria Presents the 2023 World Mountain & Trail Running Championships

Announcement written by Egon Theiner for the 2023 World Mountain & Trail Running Championships local organizing committee. Photos by Florentin Haunold, Roast Media. On 13 September, the 2023 World Mountain and Trail Running Championships (WMTRC) were presented to the Media. The championship will take place in Innsbruck and Stubai on June 6-10, 2023, which will… Read more »

2022 Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon Elite Field Preview

The world’s top mountain runners will be gathering in Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the base of Pikes Peak, “America’s Mountain,” for the 67th edition of the historic Pikes Peak Marathon races. The event weekend consists of two main races: The Pikes Peak Ascent, a half marathon (13.32 miles) to the summit on Saturday and the… Read more »