Announcing Our New Video Series: The Ridgeline

Welcome to the Ridgeline, a new video series from the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) sharing tips and techniques for trail runners of all ability levels. This video series will also feature stories of hope, motivation, and determination to support our 2021 theme – Resilience. Our audience can look forward to Ridgeline interviews with elite runners, casual weekend trail warriors and fans of the sport like you! Watch our first Ridgeline video embedded below and don’t forget to “Like” it and “Subscribe” to our YouTube channel.

“Many of our favorite trails can be found on a “ridgeline” which can be reached by running uphill, sometimes over challenging terrain, and often as part of a training plan to master climbing and overcome obstacles,” said ATRA founder and executive director Nancy Hobbs. “Plus, the views are often stunning making it totally worth the effort to get there. The Ridgeline is an appropriate title because challenge, obstacles, perseverance, and goal setting are all topics we plan to cover in this new video series.”

Ridgeline videos will be produced by professional videographer, ATRA team member and 2018 USATF Mountain Running Champion Allie McLaughlin. Look forward to these short-form videos throughout 2021 as stand alone entertainment and as companions to many of our upcoming Trail News articles.

“With so many stories in the trail running space, I’d like to create these videos in such a way to be of interest to beginners and elites alike,” said McLaughlin. “I shoot with a variety of equipment including a Sony A7sii on a ZHIYUN crane gimbal which is great for moving with runners but my favorite tool is always my DJI Mavic Pro drone footage.”


It has been a busy few months for us at the American Trail Running Association as we continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary with a fresh new look, new challenges for trail runners and the many free resources you’ve come to expect from us.

We just wrapped up the second in our three-part series of virtual challenges and will kick off the final challenge on March 20. Stay tuned for information on how you can register!

With fewer races available due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been working with our friends at Active at Altitude on their new webinar series, a year-round companion to the 9th annual US Trail Running Conference coming up October 27-30 with in-person and virtual options available.

Finally, we are working tirelessly to enhance our “trail race only” event calendar with new races, while also celebrating the historical nature of our sport with more than 9,500 searchable events going back to 1996. Keep in touch with ATRA on social media as we unveil more initiatives in the coming months. We invite you to join us on our trail running journey.

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