Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

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 »

Run Wild Trail Camp: Community, Adventure, and Belonging

Run Wild Kids Camp

Written by Run Wild Kids Camp co-directors Laura Cortez and Meredith Merkley to share their message of community, adventure and belonging. The camp runs June 1 – August 26, in Denver, Colorado. Educator Mary McLeod Bethune once wisely advised that “We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to… Read more »

ATRA Member GU Energy Labs® and TerraCycle® Celebrate Recycling Milestone

Gu Energy

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member GU Energy Labs. Leading sports nutrition brand GU Energy Labs and international recycling leader TerraCycle® celebrate their six-year partnership with two milestones: upcycling more than 1.7 million pieces of performance nutrition packaging through their Performance Nutrition Recycling Program and a donation to-date of $19,000 to schools and nonprofit… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Gear Review: Swiftwick Pursuit Sock

Swiftwick Purist Sock

Swiftwick Pursuit Seven Crew Sock 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 know a good sock is worth its weight in gold as blisters are the number one reason folks drop from long… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: The Ultimate Trail Runner’s Handbook

Trail Runner's Handbook

The Ultimate Trail Runner’s Handbook by Claire Maxted. Bloomsbury Sport, 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 have all fallen victim to coffee table envy – Emelie Forsberg’s book Sky Runner, Alexis and… Read more »

The Art of Resilience for Trail Runners

Nancy Hobbs

Resilience article written by Jeff Kidahl for the spring 2021 issue of our quarterly Trail Times newsletter. The beauty of trail running is that it teaches us awareness. This awareness delineates reality from perception – even though perception drives reality. The essence of being endurance athletes is our ability to withstand prolonged hardship, difficulty, stress,… Read more »

Ten Essential Oils that Benefit Trail Runners

Essential Oils

This essential oils article was written by Jenni Hulbert and first appeared in the spring 2021 issue of our Trail Times newsletter.  Imagine bottling up the smell of the forest after an epic trail run! Essential oils are the natural aromatic compounds extracted through steam distillation or cold pressing the seeds, flowers, stems, leaves, bark,… Read more »

Transition from Winter to Spring Trail Running Training

Trail Running Training

Training article written by Stephen R. Santangelo for the Spring 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. Winter training is time to develop “aerobic capacity” (AC) which is a… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Gear Review: Nathan Run Safe Face Mask

Nathan

Nathan’s Run Safe Face Mask 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. Flask provided free of charge by Nathan. Retail Price $19.99. If you are like me, you have been struggling with the necessity of… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Gear Review: Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask

Nathan

Nathan’s SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask 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. Flask provided free of charge by Nathan. Retail Price $36.95. As an aficionado of longish snowshoe races, I have been on a quest… Read more »

Announcing Our New Video Series: The Ridgeline

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… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review – Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding

Virtual Challenge

Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding, by Daniel E. Lieberman. Pantheon Books, 2020. 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. How many of us are exercised (read: upset, agitated)… Read more »