Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

Our View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Kathleen O’Neill

In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners like Kathleen O’Neill who are inspiring everyday athletes committed to growing trail running in their community. “View from the Pack” is supported by ATRA corporate member RaidLight. Nominator Ian Torrence writes, “Flagstaff’s Kathleen O’Neill comes to… Read more »

Oprah, Graduation and Trail Running

As I prepared to listen to Oprah Winfrey’s Colorado College commencement address this morning, I was sure her message would somehow relate to trail running. Of course I think everything relates to trail running. I wrote a piece about the similarities between baseball and trail running a few years ago, and I often think about… Read more »

Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series Kicks Off This Weekend

Press release from the Vail Recreation District (VRD). Vail Recreation District is an ATRA corporate member and provides limited free trail race entries for ATRA members through our monthly e-newsletter giveaway program. Written by Eric Henderson. Colorado’s longest-tenured trail running series will serve as the unofficial summer kick off for mountain runners with its first… Read more »

Trail Running Product Review: Illuminate the Night with RunLites

RunLites by Mangata reviewed by Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Photo above by Pamela Delsignore at Moreau State Park. RunLites are an amazingly versatile hand held light and must-have item that should take up residence in every… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Training for the Uphill Athlete

Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski Mountaineers, by Kilian Jornet, Steve House and Scott Johnston. Patagonia, 2019. Reviewed by Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Images courtesy of Patagonia. Above photo: Steve… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Greg Sisengrath

Please welcome the twenty eighth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the fourth in 2019. Forty-three-year-old Greg Sisengrath is an athlete, coach, volunteer, and trail supporter. (Photos by Stasulli Photo / Trail Racing Over Texas). Nominator Jason Bahamundi wrote, “Greg coaches athletes, sets up group training runs, provides advice and… Read more »

LEKI Offers Full Ride Scholarship to Timothy Olson’s Run Mindful Retreat

Press release by American Trail Running Association corporate member LEKI.  LEKI is excited to announce the second annual LEKI Full Ride Scholarship to Timothy Olson’s Run Mindful Retreat taking place in Boulder, CO, June 13-16. The scholarship includes registration fees, air travel, lodging and LEKI Trail Running gear for one deserving trail runner. LEKI has… Read more »

From the ATRA Archive: Golf Ball Massage For Healthy and Happy Feet

In this edition of From the ATRA Archives presented by Salomon, Robert McAtee, massage therapist and author of Facilitated Stretching, provides tips to incorporate golf ball massage into a daily stretching regimen. The article first appeared in our Trail Times newsletter issue number 2 in fall 1996. You finish a long, grueling trail run and… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Running Outside the Comfort Zone

Running Outside the Comfort Zone: An Explorer’s Guide to the Edges of Running, by Susan Lacke. VeloPress, 2019. Reviewed by Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. VeloPress is an American Trail Running Association corporate member. Susan Lacke had… Read more »

Be a healthy trail runner; spice up your stretching

Written by Stephen R. Santangelo for the Spring 2019 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Many folks find stretching to be rather boring; especially, when the choice of stretching becomes repetitive. Not only is stretching important to prepare the muscles and joints for the trails, it is imperative to ignite the CNS (Central Nervous System)…. Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Outlandish: Fuel Your Epic

Outlandish: Fuel Your Epic written by Morgan Sjogren (above #28). VeloPress, 2019. Reviewed by Laura Clark for the Spring 2019 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. VeloPress is an American Trail Running Association corporate… Read more »

Lessons Learned in Coaching Youth Trail Runners

Written by Andrew Simmons for the Spring 2019 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Andrew is the Head Coach for Lifelong Endurance. Photo above by Steve Blair. Coaching youth athletes as the head coach of Peak Performance Running has taught me a lot about how young minds and young athletes are shaped. In many ways,… Read more »

2019 International U18 Mountain Running Cup – Team USA Selection

This year marks the 14th edition of the World Mountain Running Association’s International U18 Mountain Running Cup. This year’s course is an up/down hill circuit. Estimated distance is between 4.5 and 5.5 kilometers. Distance and course details will be included in upcoming weeks. Venue: Susa, Italy, located in the Metropolitan City of Turin, Piedmont region…. Read more »

Product Review: OptiShokz Revvez Bone Conduction Audio Sunglasses

Reviewed by trail runner Jen Ferriss (pictured below) for the American Trail Running Association. Do you like to listen to music, podcasts or audiobooks when you run alone? Revvez sunglasses from OptiShokz transmit sounds by hooking the speaker around the outside of your ear, instead of a standard earbud or full ear speaker. By conducting… Read more »

Ashley Brasovan on The Art of Balance: Life and Trail Running

This article was written by Ashley Brasovan for the spring 2019 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Ashley is the 2007 Foot Locker Cross Country Champion, a Duke University graduate, and most recently a mountain, ultra & trail (MUT) running convert with two USATF Championship titles to her credit – 2017 Trail Half Marathon and… Read more »

Book Review: Running Beyond: Epic Ultra, Trail and Skyrunning Races

Running Beyond: Epic Ultra, Trail and Skyrunning Races, text and photos by Ian Corless. White Lion Publishing, 2019. Reviewed by Laura Clark for the Winter 2019 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. – It is… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Laura Howard

Please welcome the twenty seventh American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and our third in 2019. A native of Upstate New York, 32 year old Laura Howard, is a runner, volunteer, and tireless advocate for the trails. Mort Nace nominated Laura and wrote, “Laura is an all-star in our trail running… Read more »

Welcome Athletes for a Fit Planet as a preferred partner in our Event Standards Program

We are pleased to welcome Athletes for a Fit Planet as a preferred partner in our Event Standards Program. Athletes for a Fit Planet are experts in environmental sustainability at running races across North America. They offer customized consulting, on-the-ground support for events, help measure and reduce an event’s CO2 and waste footprints and communicate an… Read more »