Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

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 »

#TayteonTrails: 10 Things I Like to Do When I’m Not Trail Running

#TayteOnTrails is written by our new Project Associate and NIKE TRAIL RUNNING pro Tayte Pollman.  This new series of articles follows Tayte around the globe as he trains, races and learns about the places he visits.  Tayte is a recent graduate of the University of Portland,  bronze medalist from the 2017 World Long Distance Mountain… Read more »

How one county in Colorado is elevating the standard for trail LOVE

Trails need our help! American Trail Running Association vice president Ellen Miller, shares a new initiative in her home state designed to respond to that need. This is a program that could certainly be modeled in other regions across the country. In Eagle County/White River National Forest, the public that uses the trails created a… Read more »

Book Review: Run Forever by Amby Burfoot

Run Forever, by Amby Burfoot. Hachette Book Group, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. While sustainability is the new buzzword, spawning a return to cloth napkins and wooden toys, a true lifestyle approach should embrace more than just the outer trappings and delve more deeply into personal motivation. As runners, we choose an outdoor-centered… Read more »

Our View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Dale Cougot

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 Carol Tatom writes, “Dale Cougot is a very active member of… Read more »

Book Review: The Nature Lover’s Quotation Book

The Nature Lover’s Quotation Book: An Inspired Collection for Hiking, Camping and the Great Outdoors, compiled by Hatherleigh Press, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. The beauty of a compilation of quotations about nature is that you can absorb the essence of great writers and naturalists without having to plough through pages of dense… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Carrie Meng

Please welcome the seventeenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and fifth in 2018. At age 40, Floridian Carrie Meng has amassed an impressive resume in our sport. Her passion for trails and can-do spirit is evident in all that she does, be it race directing, trail building, volunteering, or organizing… Read more »