ATRA Notes – May 2013

ATRA Notes is a monthly email newsletter for race directors, trail runners and members. You can find ATRA Notes reprinted on this blog every month!  If you are not already an ATRA member, simply visit this link to join today.

ATRA socks are still available:

If you are interested in having your own pair of ATRA socks…send a check for $15 (includes shipping) to: ATRA, PO Box 9454, Colorado Springs, CO 80932 – we’ll ship a pair out to you — they are Core-Spun CoolMax socks proudly made in Colorado and in lovely packaging from the manufacturer (Save Our Soles by Colorado Knitting Company). On the instep they have American Trail Running Association imprinted. They are super comfy and black for those of us who love to run on trails and hate to wash whites! We’re hoping to use this as an ATRA fundraiser! If you want to buy two pairs — send another $10 for the second pair since we only have to pay once for shipping. Just let us know which size you’d like and we’ll ship them out and…included with your order, a free ATRA bumper sticker!


While on our website, be sure to browse our schedule of races both in the U.S. and abroad. We update our calendar weekly. Please enter your event at, if you don’t see it listed. 
We welcome your trail run, or trail race reports that can be included in a future edition of our quarterly newsletter Trail Times. Our spring ’13 issue is in production and we’re also planning our summer ’13 edition which will e-publish in June. All members of ATRA receive a copy and the issues are also posted on our website.

Thank you to our friends at OrthoLite for their continued support! 

Join the ATRA Group on Facebook and contribute to discussions about our sport. 
Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run – June 2, 2013 – Westcliffe, CO 

The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running, 2nd Edition
A comprehensive guide to running’s fastest growing endurance and adventure sport. Everything You Need to Know About Equipment * Finding Trails * Nutrition * Hill Strategy * Racing * Avoiding Injury * Training * Weather * Safety. By Adam W. Chase and Nancy Hobbs. To order your copy today, visit one of the following suppliers:; Barnes &, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, Powell’s,, REI. Learn more at this link.

Upcoming 2013 USATF Championships 

USA 10km Trail – June 29, Beech Mountain, NC-Beech Mountain 10km
USA Mountain – July 21, North Conway, NH – Cranmore Mountain Race
USA 100 Mile Trail – July 27, Cleveland, OH-Burning River 100 Mile
USA Marathon Trail – August 18, Manitou Springs, CO – Pikes Peak Marathon
USA Half Marathon Trail – November 2, Moab, UT-Moab Trail Half Marathon
USA 50km Trail – November 9, Boulder City, NV-Bootlegger 50km
Find more information about these and other USATF Championships here.

The 2013 USATF Trail Championship Sub-Ultra Series will include the 10km, Mountain, Marathon, and Half Marathon with points awarded at each event. The best three of four times will considered for final scoring, but runners will be scored whether they participate in one, two, three, or all four events. The top male and female point getters will receive an award at year end.

ATRA Race Standards 

In 2012, the ATRA Board of Directors introduced its labeling program which includes 15 event standards and is meant to serve as a guide for race directors to help them through the planning and execution of their event. Additionally, race participants can use the standards as an educational tool. The event standards are a good complement to our Rules on the Run publication which covers trail etiquette. Our goal with this program is to educate and support events. We look forward to working with you to make this a worthwhile and successful program.

What does an ATRA label mean?
The event in question adheres to ATRA standards outlined at this link. In summary, the event is safe, has an accurately measured and marked course, provides timely results and awards, abides by entry limits (either self imposed or externally imposed – such as U.S. National Parks or USDA National Forest, etc.), has obtained the necessary permits and insurance, is environmentally friendly to the land, and describes event details in an entry booklet / brochure and/or website and/or email blasts.

To include the ATRA label for your event(s), follow these steps:
STEP 1:  Review the standards here,

STEP 2:  If your event meets the majority of the criteria outlined (at least 12 of the 15 criteria), copy and paste the ATRA label/logo and place on your website and/or in your printed race materials with a hyperlink to the criteria on the ATRA website at this link,

STEP 3:  Let ATRA know (contact that your event is using the ATRA label so it can be included on the ATRA online calendar,

STEP 4:  Consider joining ATRA as a race member. (Athletes may also request an ATRA label on behalf of an event).