Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

World Mountain Running Association winter council meeting summary

In addition to her role with the American Trail Running Association, author Nancy Hobbs is the treasurer of the World Mountain Running Association. On Sunday, February 5, the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) held its annual winter council meeting in Cap d’Ail-Monaco, with seven of its eight council members present (Erhan Basoglu, was not in attendance)…. Read more »

Motel 6 joins ATRA as a preferred partner in our event standards program

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is delighted to announce Motel 6 as our newest partner in the Event Standards Program. Introduced in 2012, the ATRA Event Standards Program is designed to help event directors organize safe and well organized trail running race.  The partner program includes product & service providers to further assist trail race directors in meeting the… Read more »

Tejas Trails hosts USATF 100 Mile Trail Championships on Saturday

Press release written by Jason Bryant, USATF Championship liaison for the Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile.  Tejas Trails and Altra are American Trail Running Association corporate members. The USATF 100 Mile Trail Championships will take place this Saturday, February 4, at the Rocky Raccoon 100 presented by Altra and directed by Tejas Trails. This will be the… Read more »

Spectrum Sports partners with Honey Stinger

Press release from ATRA corporate member Spectrum Sports Management. Spectrum Sports Management, the leading Southern California sports management event production and sponsorship agency, unites with Honey Stinger for its upcoming RunCatalina events, including the Avalon 50K/50M Benefit Run, Catalina Island Marathon and Catalina Eco Marathon. All runners are invited to travel to Catalina Island to participate… Read more »

Meet our first Trail Ambassador – Mark Nesfeder

Please welcome the first of our 2017 American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassadors presented by CamelBak.  For January we’re proud to introduce Mark Nesfeder from Warrenton, VA.  Mark gives back to his trail running community as a runner, coach, and trail advocate. Check back with us each month as we introduce another ATRA Trail… Read more »

Application Window Open Until February 2 for Badwater® 135

Press release from ATRA corporate member AdventureCORPS®, Inc. AdventureCORPS®, Inc., hosts of the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon, is currently accepting applications for this year’s race, scheduled for July 10-12, 2017. Now in its 40th year and recognized globally as “the world’s toughest foot race,” this iconic race pits up to 100 of the world’s toughest athletes –… Read more »

Book review: The Grand Trail, by Alexis and Frederic Berg

Review written by Laura Clark, a trail runner and snowshoe racer who lives in Saratoga Springs NY and is a Children’s Librarian at the Saratoga Springs (New York) Public Library.  The Grand Trail publisher Velopress is an ATRA corporate member.  It is a universal urge to proclaim to the world who we are, what makes… Read more »

inov-8 gets a grip on Pacific Northwest mud with Rainshadow Running

Press release from ATRA corporate member inov-8.  Photos of Yassine Diboun from inov-8. inov-8, the All-terrain running brand, has announced its title sponsorship of the 2017 Rainshadow Running Race Series. The sponsorship is a year-long partnership that includes 16 trail races of varying distances from 25-100k across the Pacific Northwest, including the Western States 100 Mile… Read more »

inov-8 announces partnership with prominent UK trail running event

Story from ATRA corporate member inov-8 about their three-year partnership with Lakeland Trails. Written by Carl Fallowfield and originally published on the Cumbria Crack. Photos by James Kirby. We enjoy sharing news about international events to broaden the scope of our mountain and trail running family. Lakeland Trails, which attracted 12,500 trail runners to its events in 2016,… Read more »

Welcome CamelBak: presenting partner of our new Trail Ambassador Program

We’re excited to announce CamelBak as the presenting partner of our newly launched Trail Ambassador Program.  Starting this month, we’ll will select an individual who does amazing things in his or her community, whether it be local, regional, or national, to “build trail running connections.” American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassadors will receive CamelBak hydration… Read more »

WSSF World Snowshoe Championships hosted by USA in 2017

Written by avid snowshoe racer Laura Clark who shares a brief overview of next month’s event. The World Snowshoe Federation (WSSF) World Snowshoe Championship will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017, in Saranac Lake, NY. Previously hosted in Austria, Canada, Italy, Japan and Sweden, this will be its first time taking place in the U.S…. Read more »

Altra footwear to partner with Aravaipa Running

Press release from ATRA corporate members Aravaipa Running and Altra Footwear.  Photos provided by Aravaipa Running. Altra Footwear will be the presenting sponsor for Aravaipa Running’s 2017 & 2018 Black Canyon Ultras with the 2017 race taking place February 18. The Black Canyon Ultras feature point to point 100k & 60k courses along the world-class… Read more »

A conversation with trail running speedster Zach Miller

Not yet 30 years old, Zach Miller has won some of the premier ultras in the country and abroad. In his quiver of victories: JFK 50 Mile, Lake Sonoma 50 Mile, CCC® (the little ‘sister’ of the UTMB®), back-to-back wins at the North Face 50 Mile, Madeira Island Ultra Trail. He’s been a member of… Read more »

Race Roster joins our Event Standards Partner Program

We are proud to announce Race Roster as the newest partner in our Event Standards Program. The Event Standards Program was created in 2012 to assist trail race directors in meeting our 15 criteria necessary for staging a safe and well-organized event.  The Event Standards Partner Program was added in 2015 to further assist event… Read more »

Tips for women on the trails: Introducing Jasmin Paris

Trail running tips for women is series of articles sponsored by ATRA corporate member inov-8.  This month we introduce record-breaking runner Jasmin Paris, who is supported by trail running brand inov-8. She, and other inov-8 ambassadors, will provide tips for women on the trails on our Trail News section throughout 2017. 2016 was a real breakthrough… Read more »

ATRA and inov-8 launch Trail Running Tips for Women

Starting this month, the American Trail Running Association (ATRA), and inov-8, will partner on a new series of articles about trail running tips for women. Record-breaking runner Jasmin Paris (pictured above, left), who is supported by trail running brand inov-8, will be featured in our Trail News section this month in the first of several installments…. Read more »

Spectrum Sports Announces New Trail Race

Press release from ATRA corporate member Spectrum Sports Management.  Spectrum Sports Management, the leading Southern California sports management event production agency, announces the return of their annual Tejon Ranch Trail Half Marathon & 10K on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Runners will have the opportunity to explore one of the greatest land conservations in the west… Read more »

ATRA Trail Running Camp Standards

American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Running Camp Standards Below are 14 key areas to consider when staging a trail running camp, or when selecting a trail running camp to attend. Program: Provide specific camp details including duration, audience (ie: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or mix), and types of trails to be run (terrain and elevation)…. Read more »

Survey reveals runner preferences from Moab Trail Marathon

Several times a year the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) conducts surveys to understand trends within our sport, demographic profiles of its participants and 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.  Nearly 30 percent of… Read more »

Are you a trail running community builder? Join our Trail Ambassador Program

As part of our theme for 2017; “Community: Building Trail Running Connections“, the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) introduces its new Trail Ambassador Program. Starting in January 2017, we will select individuals who do amazing things in their community, whether it be local, regional, or national, to “build trail running connections.” This could include starting a… Read more »