Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

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 »

Trifecta Finish to 2019 Snowshoe Season

The following snowshoe race report was written 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. As I was finishing my loop, I glanced up and noted that Emily Stanton, the Gore Mountain Snowshoe Race Director was just taking off… Read more »

ATRA Announces Renewed Partnership with OrthoLite

OrthoLite: the Official Insole of the American Trail Running Association (ATRA). We’re proud to announce that OrthoLite, the leading provider of comfort and performance insole technology found in more than 500 million shoes annually from over 350 top brands, has renewed their partnership, which includes the moniker, “Official Insole of the American Trail Running Association,”… Read more »

Survey Reveals Trail Runner Preferences From The 2019 FOURmidable Races

Several times a year the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) conducts surveys to measure trends within our sport, collect demographic profiles of its participants and analyze their preferences. A few days after the FOURmidable Trail Races were held in Auburn, CA, February 16-17, 2019, we conducted a survey of participants in the 50 km, 35… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference announces 2019 theme

Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference, is proud to announce the theme for the 2019 edition of the annual event: Diversity and Inclusion: Trail Running for Everyone. Empowering long term success for a growing trail running community. This theme was inspired by discussions held at last year’s conference about creating opportunities… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Josh Eberly

Please welcome the twenty sixth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the second in 2019. Colorado native Josh Eberly is an accomplished athlete, coach, and mentor. Always with an unforgettable smile, and a can-do attitude, this 38-year-old is an inspirational leader and competitor. Nominator Greg Chase wrote, “As the head… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Review: The BraviSport Bra

Reviewed by Jennifer Ferriss. Jennifer is a librarian in Saratoga Springs, NY, who enjoys spending her free time outdoors running the trails and hiking in the mountains. An amateur shutterbug, she captures the views and experiences for others to enjoy front the comfort of their homes. In 2018 she became an Adirondack 46er – climbing… Read more »

From the ATRA Archives: Staying alive on the trail by Hal Walter

In this edition of From the ATRA Archives presented by Salomon, Hal Walter delves into some of the dangers on the trail – lightning, rattlers, and cougars. Hal’s article first appeared in our Trail Times newsletter issue 8, published in spring 1998. Hal has several books to his credit including Wild Burro Tales, Endurance, and Full… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Jim Engel

Please welcome the twenty fifth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the first in 2019. A lifelong Michigan resident Jim Engel, age 64, inspires others through coaching and volunteerism and shares words of wisdom for athletes new to trail running. In 2011, Engel was inducted as the 34th member of… Read more »

From the ATRA Archives: Kevin Setnes on the benefits of hill training

In this edition of From the ATRA Archives presented by Salomon, 12-time USATF Masters Ultrarunning Champion Kevin Setnes shared his tips for running uphill and the associated benefits of hill training. Kevin’s hill training article first appeared in our Trail Times newsletter issue 25 published in fall 2002. Hill Running Hills may be viewed as your… Read more »