Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

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 »

Preliminary Trail Running Survey Results

Is it all about the numbers? It can be… As runners, many of us track our miles, compare our times from run to run, and we may even spend countless hours studying the ups and downs of elevation profiles when preparing for an event. Our running experiences have a lot to do with numbers. At… Read more »

American Trail Running Association to feature Trail Towns

There are numerous trail systems located throughout the country, some near large cities, and others in smaller and sometimes out-of-the-way towns. The American Trail Running Association (ATRA), decided to identify, select, and feature trail towns of under 25,000 and their great trails. Ten attributes were devised by ATRA advisory board member Chris Dunn, to help describe… Read more »