Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

USATF Trail Championships Return With The Birkie Trail Run Festival

Birkie Trail Run

It’s been six months since the last USA Track & Field Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) championship took place in Auburn, California at the Pioneer Spirit 50 Mile. Since then, the coronavirus pandemic has lead to five 2020 championships and world championships team selection races being cancelled. As we enter the last quarter of the year… Read more »

How To Build Strength to Improve Your Trail Running

Strength

Written by Hillary Osborne for the Fall 2020 issue of our Trail Times newsletter. Hillary is a NSCA certified personal trainer and strength coach with Lifelong Endurance. She is a Colorado resident and ultrarunner who runs for The Adrenalin Project.  Running is the best, right? You can spend hours grooving on that smooth single track…. Read more »

Four Reasons to Hire a Trail Running Coach

Coach

Written by Andrew Simmons for the fall 2020 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Andrew is the Head Coach for Lifelong Endurance. Working with a coach might seem like a privilege reserved for professional trail runners whose paychecks depend on their next performance, and an “over the top” purchase for runners that fall in the… Read more »

25th Anniversary Challenge Trail Runner Profile: Kimberly Aubuchon

Kimberly Aubuchon

As the non-profit American Trail Running Association approaches a quarter century of service, we are featuring trail runners from around the United States who are participating in our 25th Anniversary Challenge. Through these profiles we’ll introduce you to challenge participants who are walking, hiking, or trail running their way to distance milestones and sharing in… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Race Report: Thacher Park Trail Running Festival

Thacher Park Trail Running Festival

Trail race report written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark (pictured below). Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. The Thacher Park Trail Running Festival was held on August 23, 2020 in Voorheesville, NY and offered race distances from 10K to 50K…. Read more »

Vic Thasiah to Provide Keynote Address at US Trail Running Conference

Vic Thasiah

Vic Thasiah, Executive Director of Runners for Public Lands, will be the keynote speaker at the US Trail Running Conference to be held in a hybrid format October 21-24, 2020, in Fayetteville, Arkansas with both in-person and virtual options. Runners for Public Lands is building an inclusive community around running, and protecting and restoring the… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Race Report: The Dippikill Froggy Five

Froggy Five

Trail race report written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. The 2020 Dippikill Froggy Five trail race took place on private property in North Creek, New York with modifications for COVID-19. Photos courtesy of the… Read more »

Regional Captains Named for Our 25th Anniversary Challenge

Challenge

Five experienced trail runners have been named regional “team captains” for our 25th Anniversary Challenge which opened registration on the 25th day of August and kicks off on September 1. Founded in 1996, the American Trail Running Association will be 25 years young in 2021. This three-tiered virtual event kicks off with the first challenge… Read more »

Trail Runner Product Review: BioLite HeadLamp 200

BioLite HeadLamp 200

Colorado Springs, Colorado-based trail runner Dan Vega reviewed the BioLite HeadLamp 200 headlamp for the American Trail Running Association.  What I love most about the BioLite HeadLamp 200, is that it hugs your head with no movement even when running at fast speeds flying down the mountains at night here in Colorado. The internal battery… Read more »

Our 25th Year Celebrations Kick-off With A Virtual Challenge

Challenge

Coming up in 2021, the non-profit American Trail Running Association (ATRA) will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Founded in Colorado by Nancy Hobbs in 1996 with “Trail Times“, a newsletter and calendar for the emerging sport of trail running, it seems like just yesterday that we got our start in what is now a popular global… Read more »

Trail Runner Product Review: HOKA ONE ONE Torrent 2

HOKA ONE ONE

HOKA ONE ONE Torrent 2 shoe review by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) advisory board member and Wisconsin trail runner Susan Kendrick. Susan is the Director of Sponsorship for the American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation and was featured in our View from the Pack series of articles. Shoes provided free of charge by HOKA ONE ONE…. Read more »

USA Team for the 6-Hour Global Solidarity Run Announced

Global Solidarity Run

The International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU), will stage the Virtual Global Solidarity Run, an event pitting athletes from national federations against one another as they run a 6-hour virtual challenge later this month. In their call to action for this event, the IAU stated, “Athletes need to have some motivation to train and compete during… Read more »

Trail Runner Product Review: Swiftwick Pursuit Ultralights

Swiftwick

Swiftwick Pursuit Ultralights sock review by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) advisory board member and Wisconsin trail runner Susan Kendrick. Susan is the Director of Sponsorship for the American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation and was featured in our View from the Pack series of articles. Socks provided free of charge by ATRA corporate member Swiftwick. The… Read more »

Catching up with Coach Andrew Simmons and Health Care Worker Dani Mead

Coach Andrew Simmons

Last Month, Lifelong Endurance and the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) staged a trail runner essay contest where the winner was awarded a free 90-day coaching package. Medical intensive care unit nurse Dani Mead (pictured below) from Aurora, Colorado, was the recipient of the package. In this article, Lifelong Endurance Coach Andrew Simmons catches up… Read more »

Max King Hosts “How to Trail Run” Zoom Workshop

Max King

[Editor’s Note: Scroll down for the full workshop replay on YouTube] Can you really learn something about trail running from a Zoom workshop? You can if the instructor is 2011 World Mountain Running Champion and trail running pro Max King. I tuned into an hour-long Zoom video presentation entitled, “How to Trail Run,” on July… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Race Report: Dodge the Deer 5K

Dodge the Deer

Trail race report written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark (pictured below). Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. The 2020 Dodge the Deer trail race took place on private property with modifications for COVID-19. Photos courtesy of the Albany Running Exchange…. Read more »

Trail Runner’s Product Review: Saucony Canyon TR

Saucony

Canyon TR trail runner product review written by Saucony and ATRA trail ambassador Marcy Schwam. Marcy started running ultramarathons in 1978, is a member of the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame and continues to race regularly. The Basics: Weight: 11.2 oz for a US men’s size 9. 9.7 oz for a US women’s size 9…. Read more »

How to Trail Race During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Trail Racing

Written by American Trail Running Association founder and executive director Nancy Hobbs.  Although many trail races are still in the virtual mode, some states and counties are loosening coronavirus restrictions and a handful of in-person events are being staged. These live events look and feel a bit different from those held prior to the pandemic,… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Shoe Review: inov-8 TERRAULTRA G 270

Inov-8 Shoe Review

inov-8 TERRAULTRA G 270 shoe review by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) advisory board member and Wisconsin trail runner Susan Kendrick. Susan is the Director of Sponsorship for the American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation and was featured in our View from the Pack series of articles. [TL;DR] The TERRAULTRA G 270 – insanely sticky traction and… Read more »