Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

Survey reveals trail runner preferences from the 2018 Moab Trail Marathon

Several times a year the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) conducts surveys to measure trends within our sport, collect demographic profiles of its participants and analyze their preferences. Following the Moab Trail Marathon held in Moab, Utah this past November, we conducted a survey of race participants in the marathon, half marathon, and 5k. A summary of… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Scott Magee

Please welcome the twenty third American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the eleventh in 2018. Scott Magee, age 43, is a trail runner, trail race director, trail steward and volunteer. Scott’s Twisted Branch Ultra is an American Trail Running Association member event. Wrote nominator Laura Howard, “Scott’s love of trail… Read more »

ATRA’s View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Vincent Aceto

In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail runners like Vincent Aceto 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. Vincent Aceto is a past member of Maine Track Club and this… Read more »

Autumn Refreshments for Trail Running

Written by Stephen R. Santangelo and originally published in the Fall 2018 edition of the Trail Times newsletter. Autumn color is a reminder we need to load up on a variety of antioxidants! With the cooling temperatures and shorter days, our body’s metabolism changes and its nutritional requirements change. Our system moves from cooling foods in summer,… Read more »

Ashley Brasovan on Making the Transition from Road to Trail

This article was written by Ashley Brasovan, 2007 Foot Locker Cross Country Champion, Duke University graduate, and most recently a “MUT” convert with two USATF Championship titles to her credit – 2017 Trail Half Marathon and 2018 30K Trail Championship – and a USATF team appearance at the 2018 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships…. Read more »

Drake and Costales win the USATF Marathon Trail Championships

Rachel Drake (Portland, OR) and Anthony Costales (Salt Lake City, UT – pictured above) win the 2018 USATF Marathon Trail Championships hosted by American Trail Running Association member Moab Trail Marathon. Drake & Costales earn automatic spots on Team USA to compete at the 16th World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Villa La Angostura,… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Michele Hartwig

Please welcome the twenty second American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the tenth in 2018. Michele Hartwig, 51, is a lifelong resident of Illinois. She is a trail runner, race director, volunteer, and trail steward. Wrote nominator Krystal Hardy, “When you think about trail or ultra-running, you might not think… Read more »

Mountain Equipment Recyclers partners with ATRA

Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Inc. (MER), is excited to announce its new partnership with American Trail Running Association (ATRA). Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, MER is a retail shop that specializes in high quality new and used outdoor equipment. Gear includes camping, backpacking, trail running, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, climbing, fly-fishing, canoes/kayaks and any other activity… Read more »

ATRA’s View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Kyle Robidoux

In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners like Kyle Robidoux 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. Kyle Robidoux was an attendee and panelist at… Read more »

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 »