Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Doug Mayer

Please welcome the sixth of our 2017 American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassadors presented by CamelBak. We’re proud to introduce you to Doug Mayer, a trail runner who builds community locally, nationally, and internationally. Doug is from the small town of Randolph, New Hampshire – population 350 – located at the base of Mount… Read more »

Rickey Gates crisscrossing the nation on foot #TransAmericana

Dipping his toe in the waters off Charleston, South Carolina, on March 1, Ricky Gates started his five-month #TransAmericana quest to cross the country on foot carrying 12 pounds of gear on a self-supported endeavor. Midway through the trip – some 2,000 miles in – Gates stopped off in Colorado Springs to share his story… Read more »

Ashworth Awards renews partnership with ATRA

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) announces Ashworth Awards will return for the second consecutive year as the preferred awards partner in its Event Standards Program. ATRA’s Event Standards Program was introduced in 2012, and includes vendors and suppliers as partners to further assist trail race directors in meeting ATRA’s 15 criteria necessary for staging… Read more »

We’re proud to announce an enhanced partnership with OrthoLite

We’re proud to announce that longtime corporate member OrthoLite has renewed their partnership and will continue to be known as the official insole of the American Trail Running Association (ATRA). Additionally, OrthoLite will join supporting partner adidas TERREX, in the newly launched ATRA Trail Ambassador Program presented by CamelBak. OrthoLite has been a major supporter of… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Emily McDevitt

Please welcome the fifth of our 2017 American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassadors presented by CamelBak. We’re proud to introduce you to Emily McDevitt, a trail runner from Camden, Maine, who builds community through her incredible marketing and fundraising prowess, club camaraderie, and writing. (Above Photo credit: Tom Platz) Some of the skills Emily carries… Read more »

MYLAPS Sports Timing renews partnership in Event Standards Program

MYLAPS Sports Timing has entered their second year as a preferred partner in ATRA’s Event Standards Program. Introduced in 2012, the program includes vendors and suppliers as partners to further assist trail race directors in meeting ATRA’s 15 criteria necessary for staging a safe and well-organized event. “MYLAPS is a leader in the industry evidenced… Read more »

ATRA board member Tom Sobal honored in Colorado

On April 5, American Trail Running Association advisor Tom Sobal was inducted into the 2017 Colorado Running Hall of Fame during an evening ceremony in Denver. This tall and lean, soft-spoken athlete sporting a full beard and long braided pony tail said from the dais when receiving his award, “I’m honored and humbled and I… Read more »

USA Youth Mountain Running Team Announced

For the first time in the 12-year history of the WMRA International Youth Cup, the United States will field a complete squad for this mountain running competition designed to showcase athletes who are 16 and 17 years old. This year’s race will be held in Gagliano del Capo, Italy, on Saturday, June 24. Details on… Read more »

Spokane River Run Celebrates 14 Years

With a mix of distances, terrain, elevation changes, and start times, the Spokane River Run delivers to a varied audience and satisfies the newbie trail runner to the experienced veteran. This year’s event celebrated its 14th running on Sunday, April 23, and included a 5K, 10K, two different 25K routes, a 50K, and a 50K… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Durango, Colorado

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series and the fourth in 2017. Every month we will feature an article about a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature Durango, Colorado, population 17,834. Trail Town: Incorporated in 1881 as a train depot… Read more »

Going Beyond the Marathon

Written by Andrew Simmons for the Spring 2017 issue of ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter. If 2017 is the year you will go beyond the marathon distance, consider the following. Preparation: Longer distances will require more time in lots of aspects, make sure you have the time to commit to training. Starting with a good plan… Read more »

Give Hips the TLC they Need: DIY Kinesio Tape® Guide

Written by Liz Grimm for ATRA’s Spring 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. Your brain’s sole existence in the world is to survive – because of this, the body has evolved to become a machine capable of changing in any way needed to survive whatever conditions challenge it. As runners, we call this compensation. When things go… Read more »

Roots (and Dirt!) of a Trail Running Club

Written by Emily Higgins McDevitt for ATRA’s Spring 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. “A community of fun-loving girls and boys who run amok in the woods and mountains of Midcoast Maine.” Enjoy this personal story from Emily Higgins McDevitt, about the start of the Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine. As with all good things in life,… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Robert Rhodes

Please welcome the fourth of our 2017 American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassadors presented by CamelBak. We’re proud to introduce you to Robert Rhodes, a trail runner who builds community through film promotion, race directing, writing, and photography. (Photo credit above: Mike Tittel) Rarely does a day go by without a post from Rhodes… Read more »

Max King & Ladia Albertson-Junkans win the 25th Chuckanut 50K

On Saturday, March 18, Max King sets a course record at Chuckanut 50K; Ladia Albertson-Junkans wins in her debut outing at the ultra distance. In spite of less-than-ideal weather conditions, both Max King and Hayden Hawks went under King’s 3:35:42 course record set in 2014, at today’s 25th running of the Chuckanut 50K in Bellingham,… Read more »

Meet our new trail ambassador – Edie Riedel

Please welcome the third of our 2017 American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassadors presented by CamelBak. We’re proud to introduce you to Edie Riedel from Lafayette, LA. After starting her running pursuits on the roads, the 46-year-old mother of two, switched her focus to trail about five years ago. Edie gives back to her… Read more »

Meet our new trail ambassador – Julie Takishima-Lacasa

Join us in celebrating our second 2017 American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, Julie Takishima-Lacasa from Honolulu, HI. Julie gives back to her trail running community as a runner, coach, club founder, and race volunteer. Check back with us each month as we introduce another ATRA Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak…. Read more »