Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

Tips for a Trail Running Adventure in Iceland


I just returned from my second trail running trip to Iceland. This Nordic island nation was discovered by accident over 1100 years ago and is today sparsely populated with fewer than 400,000 inhabitants, most of whom reside in or around the capital city of Reykjavik making for lots of open spaces for sheep and horses… Read more »

How to Transition to Trail Running

Written by Andrew Simmons for the Summer 2021 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Simmons is an avid trail runner and the Head Coach for Lifelong Endurance. Photo above: a youth mountain running race in Ambleside, UK – image by Jumpy James. Track and cross country are probably the two dynamics of running that high… Read more »

Saucony Signs Trail Runner Katie Asmuth

katie asmuth

Announcement from American Trail Running Association corporate member Saucony. Saucony furthered its commitment to trail running with the signing of American ultrarunner Katie Asmuth, recent winner of the 2021 Bandera 100K. With the win, she will run in the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run starting tomorrow, June 26 in Olympic Valley, California. Saucony’s ambassador trail… Read more »

Mountain Running World Cup Kicks Off At Poland’s Tatra Race Run

WMRA World Cup

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). The American Trail Running Association is a WMRA media partner and will be providing coverage of all sixteen events in the 2021 Mountain Running World Cup. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Following a 2020 mountain running season disrupted by the global… Read more »

Neurological vs. Metabolic Training For Trail Running

Written by Stephen R. Santangelo for the Summer 2021 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Stephen has been in the fitness industry since 1979 and created his own specialty exercises & programs based upon the anthropological movement of the human body. Metabolic training is the most common and the most emphasized for any trail runner…. Read more »

Spring 2021 Trail Runner Survey Results

Nancy Hobbs

Each spring, the American Trail Running Association conducts a survey to measure trail running trends from our national audience. This year we had over 1600 respondents. Complete survey results are made available to corporate members at the Switchback, Steep & Rocky and All-terrain levels. The following selected outtakes are from our most recent trail running… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Stories from the Age of COVID

Book Review

Stories from the Age of COVID, compiled and edited by Glenn Steckler & Larry Steckler. 2021. 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. We all have our personal COVID accounts detailing how we strove to… Read more »

From the ATRA Archive: 8 Excuses Not to Trail Run & Why You Can!

Danelle Ballengee

Written over 25 years ago by Danelle Ballengee, a former ATRA board member and race director of the Moab Trail Marathon , an ATRA member event and host of the USATF Trail Marathon Championships. Those chirping birds you hear in the morning aren’t your neighbors’ car alarms. Nope. Instead they’re a reminder that spring is… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Stillwater, Minnesota


Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series spotlighting Stillwater, Minnesota, the historic Birthplace of Minnesota. The following Trail Town profile was written by Sydney Schoeberle from Minneapolis based Bellmont Partners on behalf of Discover Stillwater. With a population of around 19,000, the charming town is nestled right on the scenic St. Croix River… Read more »

Wildmarathon Series: An International Trail Running Experience

Wildmarathon Series

Our founder Nancy Hobbs recently caught up with Spaniard Apolo Esperanza who founded Wildmarathon Series, an international trail running circuit with events in Nepal, Mexico, Morocco, Finland and Tanzania. Esperanza is a geographer with a masters in environmental and territory management, specialized in sports geo-tourism. He lectures and writes articles on various media related to… Read more »

New Boutique Hotel Kinship Landing Hosts Get Outside Event

Kinship Landing

Kinship Landing, a new boutique hotel in downtown Colorado Springs, hosted a community event on Thursday evening, May 6, to bring outdoor lovers together with a goal to “get outside” and to “be a responsible steward.” The American Trail Running Association was one of the organizations represented along with Bevara, Kids on Bikes, Medicine Wheel… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – North Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series spotlighting North Lake Tahoe, California. Most trail runners may be familiar with this region as home to the start of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and the start and finish line for the Broken Arrow Skyrace, but did you know there’s so much more… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series, this time spotlighting the Lehigh Valley region located in eastern Pennsylvania. Written by Bree Nidds and Mary Coryell, this feature was provided by Discover Lehigh Valley. Lehigh Valley is home to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, as well as a dozen charming towns and boroughs. Lehigh Valley… Read more »

Trail Running Maui with Nancy Hobbs & Anita Ortiz

Anita Ortiz Maui

An excellent trail running adventure starts with a like-minded friend who is always up for traveling to explore new areas. I have such a best friend in Anita Ortiz and over the years we have visited locations near and far including Italy, Iceland, Slovenia, Austria, New Zealand, and Australia among them to enjoy running trails… Read more »

Skin Cancer Awareness Month Could Save Your Life

Skin Cancer Awareness

In support of May being Skin Cancer Awareness month, Lisa Heggie, co-owner of ATRA member KINeYS Performance Sunscreen, wrote this article to help educate the trail running community about skin cancer facts and tips for prevention. The KINeSYS story is about more than making high quality sunscreen, we exist to play a part in creating… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: A Runner’s High by Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes

A Runner’s High: My Life in Motion, by Dean Karnazes. HarperCollins, 2021. 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. Known as the Ultramarathon Man, with a book of the same title, Dean Karnazes presents himself… Read more »