Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

Greasing the Joints for Spring Trail Running Training

This article was written by longtime ATRA contributor Stephen R. Santangelo and first appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of  our Trail Times newsletter. For many of us living in the upper Northern Hemisphere, temperatures are rising to comfortable levels as winter comes to a close and spring freshness is upon us. During the winter… Read more »

Janelle Lincks Writes About Overcoming Self Doubt

This article was written by Janelle Lincks and first appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of Trail Times. Janelle is based out of Boulder where she works as a gardener. As well, she is a competitive trail runner recently sponsored by ATRA switchback member inov-8. Photo: @arapahoe_basin. “Faith means doubt. Faith is not the suppression… Read more »

Ultraverse Supplements – Endurance Focused Nutrition for Trail Runners


Profile written by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) switchback member Ultraverse Supplements.  When married couple Chase and Casey Hammond signed up for graduate programs in nutrition, they planned on someday opening their own nutrition consultation business. Being a competitive ultrarunner, Chase planned on consulting primarily endurance athletes, and as a result, connected everything he learned… Read more »

Fall 2021 Trail Runner Survey Results

Trail Running Survey

At the end of 2021, we conducted a survey on trail running community and culture to better understand what lures runners to the trails and what the trail running experience means to them. When we asked, “What is the one word you would use to describe trail running?,” 125 respondents answered with the word “fun”… Read more »

DNF – Three Letters in a Trail Runner’s Vernacular


DNF translates to Did Not Finish and like it or not, these three letters are often part of the trail racing experience. Like many trail runners, we’ve had our own DNF experiences and chronicled stories of others. After winning the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships in Albania, expectations were high for Max King at the… Read more »

2022 International U18 Mountain Running Cup – Team USA Selection

After two years of event cancellation, 2022 will mark the 15th edition of the World Mountain Running Association’s (WMRA) International U18 Mountain Running Cup. This invitation-only event provides a unique opportunity for youth mountain runners from around the world to test themselves against the world’s best. Much more rugged than the typical U.S. high school… Read more »

It’s About More Than Snowshoe Racing


This article was written by Hal Walter about his son Harrison’s first snowshoe race. Harrison is on the autism spectrum and runs for the Custer County Bobcats cross-country and track teams.  Harrison Walter – “The Blur” – had never even been on snowshoes, but when Colorado Mountain College coach Darren Brungardt called and asked if… Read more »

Trail Running Powered by Plants

Aimee Kohler

Written by Aimee Kohler, a competitive trail runner and race director at Blue Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. Her passion for moving the sport to zero carbon is driven by her love for the trail, the community and combating the climate crisis. As trail runners we get to experience a magical connection with nature that few… Read more »

Trail Running is for Every Body: Our Theme For 2022


Happy New Year trail runners! Every fall the American Trail Running Association’s board members get together to discuss strategy and goals for the coming year. As part of these discussions we also come up with a theme to guide our next 12 months of programming and be an inspiration for our Trail News stories. For… Read more »

Murphy and Gray Crowned XTERRA Trail Running World Champions

The 2021 XTERRA Trail Running World Championships took place on Saturday, December 4. This year’s 21K event relocated from the island of Oahu to Maui for the first time in the 25-year history and the USATF Mountain Running Team team was on hand to compete. The eight-member squad included Joseph Gray, Edward Owens, Joseph DeMoor,… Read more »

Five Trail Running Tips from Dipsea Winner Mark Tatum

Trail Running Tips

One of the great attributes of the trail running community is the advice available to help a newbie improve their skills and confidence with every step and at every turn. As well, expert tips can be a good reminder for the seasoned veteran who may become stuck in a routine and simply needs a pick-me-up… Read more »

Join ATRA at The Running Event (TRE) 2021

The Running Event

The Running Event (TRE), is the premier conference and trade show for running specialty retailers and includes networking opportunities, educational content, and offers sneak peaks to attendees of new products coming on the market. Attendees include run specialty store owners and managers, race directors, brands, and organizations. The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) will have… Read more »

Finding Community on the Trail Run

Kriste Peoples

This article was written by American Trail Running Association advisory board member Kriste Peoples, a Denver-based outdoor enthusiast and guide, runner, writer, and mindfulness meditation teacher. When she’s not out adventuring along the trails of Colorado’s Front Range, Kriste is writing about it or recovering with carbs in a local eatery. Perhaps you’ve heard the… Read more »

Autumn and Winter Performance Foods


Written by Stephen R. Santangelo for the Fall 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. As summer turns to fall, cooler temperatures arrive and with this change, our system… Read more »

The Epigenetic Trail Runner

Written by Jeff Kildahl for the Fall 2021 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Jeff is an author, publisher, epigenetics performance visionary; and ultra-endurance philanthropist leveraging technology to propel limitless performance and potential in life and sport via modifications to gene expression. Photo: @adriankasniar. “Your genes may load the gun but your lifestyle pulls the… Read more »

A Trail Runner’s Poem: Nature is Open


This poem first appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of our Trail Times newsletter. The poem was conceived and written at the Active at Altitude fall Trail Running Camp, September 16, 2021 in Estes Park, Colorado by Virginia Schultz, Jason Lenz, Allison Corcoran, Rebecca Kadish, Jim Armentrout, Brian Halweil, Dawn Vaughn, Carolyn Weber, Vicki Hunter,… Read more »

Embrace Resilience In Your Trail Running Training


Written by Andrew Simmons for the Fall 2021 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Simmons is an avid trail runner and the Head Coach for Lifelong Endurance. The definition of resilience implies that you have rebounded from a difficult situation whether it be a tough patch in your job, your relationship, or even an injury… Read more »

Gray and McLaughlin Victorious at the 2021 Pikes Peak Ascent

Pikes Peak Ascent

At the 65th running of the Pikes Peak Ascent, hometown favorites Joseph Gray and Allie McLaughlin raced for the wins on what was a picture-perfect morning in Manitou Springs, Colorado at the start line at 7:00 a.m. However, the mid-50 degree temperatures at the start would vanish as the runners ascended the Barr Trail to… Read more »