Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

Checklist for Trail Race Aid Station Preparedness

In an effort to provide medical awareness guidelines for trail race directors, Frank D. Dumont, MD, FACP, Internal Medicine, Estes Park Health, has devised the following aid station checklists. With the acronym, ESTES (Estes Park Standards for Trail Running Emergency Aid Stations), consider the following as support tools to ensure a successful trail running event…. Read more »

Untangling the Recovery Process for Injuries, Healing, and Fitness

The following article was written by Ashley Brasovan, an elite trail runner for Hoka One One who enjoys training on the beautiful trails throughout Colorado. She is a graduate of Duke University and works as an Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Consultant in Golden, CO. Ashley is pictured above at the 2018 World Long Distance Mountain… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Stephanie Davies

Please welcome the twenty first American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the ninth in 2018. Stephanie Davies is a trail runner, race director, coach, and an enthusiastic advocate for women’s running. This 49-year-old grew up in Hammonton, New Jersey and has made Belmont, California her home for nearly three decades…. Read more »

ATRA’s View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Derek Wirth

In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners like Derek Wirth who have dedicated themselves as everyday athletes to grow trail running in their community. “View from the Pack” is supported by ATRA corporate member RaidLight. An interview with Derek Wirth by Nancy Hobbs… Read more »

Gray and Roche crowned USATF Half Marathon Trail Champions

On a crisp fall morning in Seeley, Wisconsin, more than 250 runners headed out at the Birkie Trail Runs, site of the USA Track & Field (USATF) Trail Running Championships. In order to combat the near-freezing temperatures, race leaders set a blistering pace in the early miles. “Joe (Gray), and I took it out hard,”… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Frank Dumont

Please welcome the twentieth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the eighth in 2018. Frank Dumont is a trail runner, volunteer, and an Internal Medicine physician with interests in wellness and athletics, and high altitude. Wrote nominator Terry Chiplin, “Dr. Frank Dumont has become a passionate ambassador for trail running… Read more »

ATRA’s View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Collin Yarborough

In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners like Collin Yarborough who have dedicated themselves as everyday athletes to grow trail running in their community. “View from the Pack” is supported by ATRA corporate member RaidLight. Nominator Emily Zbehlik writes, “As an athlete, student,… Read more »

Book Review: Families on Foot

Families on Foot, by Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis. Falcon, 2017. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark for the Summer 2018 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Her honors include the Parks and Trails… Read more »

Our View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Paulette Odenthal

In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners like Paulette Odenthal who have dedicated themselves as everyday athletes to grow trail running in their community. “View from the Pack” is supported by ATRA corporate member RaidLight. Nominator Bob Rorke writes, “When I think of… Read more »

Book Review: When Running Made History

When Running Made History, by Roger Robinson. Syracuse University Press, 2018. Book review 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. One of her favorite races is the Greylock Uphill Road Race, an 8 mile hill climb… Read more »

ATRA Announces Partnership with The Running Event

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) has signed an agreement with The Running Event and its new owners Diversified Communications to provide content for the inaugural TRAILHEAD Stage at The Running Event (TRE) 2018 scheduled for November 27 to 30, in Austin, TX. The TRAILHEAD Stage will be an interactive, educational area on the trade… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Mark Garrigan

Please welcome our nineteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the seventh in 2018. Mark Garrigan is a trail runner, volunteer, and business owner who ran his first ultramarathon in 2012. That race planted a seed in this 40-year-old from Green Bay, WI, to pursue a dream to build a… Read more »

American Runners Compete at World Masters Mountain Running Championships

Zelezniki, Slovenia, played host to the 18th WMRA/WMA World Masters Mountain Running Championships on June 2. This year marked the 18th installment of a world championship mountain running event for to masters athletes ages 35-79. What makes this competition unique is that the athletes race with, and score in their five-year age division. Because the… Read more »

Our View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Vanessa Shawver

In this new series, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners who have dedicated themselves as everyday athletes to grow trail running in their community. “View from the Pack” is supported by ATRA corporate member RaidLight. Nominator Andy Shawver writes, “Vanessa Shawver has become a distinct part of… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Running Anatomy

Running Anatomy, 2nd edition, by Joe Puleo and Patrick Milroy, Human Kinetics, 2019.  Book review by trail runner Laura Clark. Whether you are a recreational or a competitive runner, there comes a time when either youth or beginner’s magic fails to guarantee improvement. There is a saying that every new runner has a ten year… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Emily Wheeler

Please welcome the eighteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and sixth in 2018. Forty-two year old Emily Wheeler, a former wellness director for the YMCA, builds community through running, volunteering, organizing events, and club management. Nominator Nicole Craig wrote, “Emily helps out many of the local running clubs and trail… Read more »

US Team Selection Criteria for 2019 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

Written by USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Running Executive Committee members Richard Bolt, Nancy Hobbs, Jason Bryant, Max King and Melody Fairchild.  Approved by the MUT Executive Committee for publication on May 25, 2018.  The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships is regulated by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) under the… Read more »