Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

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 »

LPTent USA joins our Event Standards Partner Program

In 2012 the American Trail Running Association introduced its Event Standards Program, and recently has included 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. “LPTent USA is a perfect fit as a partner in our Event Standards Program,” said… Read more »

A first-timer’s insight to The Running Event #TRE16

Back at the office, I’m unwinding from three conferences in 10 days which included The Running Event (TRE to the insider), and I’m already looking forward to attending in 2017. This annual mecca for speciality retailers, vendors, race directors, and working media is a cornucopia of all things running. Orlando was the site this year… Read more »

Baseball and trail running

The American Trail Running Association was a rights holder attending for the first time the US Sports Congress. We shared our message with attendees, participated in networking activities, and enjoyed informative speakers on timely topics. Listening to the keynote address given at the 10th annual US Sports Congress by Dave St. Peter, president of the… Read more »

What’s new and cool at The Running Event #TRE16 – Part 2

There’s no question that The Running Event delivered an incredible show to exhibit new products, old favorites, enhanced use of technology, and more. Day two included a few stops on the showroom floor. The Zone approach – chafe, pain, burn – an all-in-one protection kit from MedZone: Produced in the US, MedZone’s tagline is “prevent,… Read more »

What’s new and cool at The Running Event #TRE16

Day one – The Running Event – Orlando, Florida November 30, 2016 Best session – The New Rules of Marketing and PR – presenter David Meerman Scott, author of “Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead.” We’ve all heard a lot of keynoters. We’ve snoozed through some, left midway through others, and checked our watch continually… Read more »

ATRA announces community theme for 2017

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is capitalizing on a common thread woven throughout this year’s sessions during the 4th annual US Trail Running Conference (held September 28-October 1), in Estes Park, Colorado, that thread: community. As such, we’re proud to announce that for 2017 ATRA’s theme will be – Community: Building Trail Running Connections…. Read more »

Large field anticipated for final trail championships this weekend in Moab

USATF open and masters competition to be intense The USATF Trail Marathon Championships will be held in conjunction with the Moab Trail Marathon on Saturday, November 5, in Moab, Utah. Dubbed, “a magical 26 miles,” by race director Danelle Ballengee, this race course delights and challenges competitors over a loop course, with a few well-placed… Read more »

MYLAPS Sports Timing to showcase Live Tracking at The RUT

Editors note: MYLAPS is an ATRA corporate member and Event Standards Program partner for race timing and scoring systems. New this year, MYLAPS Sports Timing will be included at The RUT Mountain Runs in the form of MYLAPS EventApp, Live Tracking and Social Shares modules from the “EventManager” platform via timing partner, Competitive Timing out of… Read more »

Featured Trail Town: Houghton, Michigan

Welcome to the fourth installment of our “Trail Town” series. Every month we will feature an article about a trail running city that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature the town of Houghton, on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Trail Town: Houghton, MI – population 7,700* (2012 census)… Read more »

Post-race recovery for trail race volunteers

Research suggests – as does the US Olympic Committee – that athletes allow one day of recovery for every hour of time zone they cross en route to a competition. I’m convinced this applies to volunteers who provide support to athletes at events…especially at ultras. It’s now Monday and I’m still recovering from the Cayuga… Read more »

Featured Trail Town: Bainbridge Island, WA

Welcome to our first in a series of American Trail Running Association “Trail Town” articles!  Every month we’re going to feature an article about a great small city for trail running.  This month we’re headed up to the great Pacific Northwest to a small community just a ferry ride from Seattle. Trail Town Bainbridge Island,… Read more »

Lake Sonoma winners post fast times

Under a gray and rainy sky, local elite trail runner Yiou Wang wins a 50 mile trail on her 4th attempt while Jim Walmsley sets a new course record on Lake Sonoma’s hilly course. Jim Walmsley (pictured below) set a smoking fast pace at Saturday’s (April 9, 2016), Lake Sonoma 50 Miler to capture his first… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference to debut FIFTY

Our friends at the US Trail Running Conference have announced that FIFTY the movie will be the feature presentation for the Trail Running Film Festival during the 2016 Conference. This special showing will be the Colorado premier of FIFTY the movie and will also be seen at other locations on a US tour. What is FIFTY?… Read more »