Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

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 »

A Trail Runner’s Book Review: The Happy Runner

The Happy Runner, by David and Megan Roche, MD. Human Kinetics, 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. David & Megan pictured above at the 2017 Trail World Championships. Every runner has the same finish line:… Read more »

Snowshoe Race Report: Hoot Toot & Whistle

Race report from Laura Clark at the Hoot Toot & Whistle 5K snowshoe race which took place on January 19, 2019. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Are you interested in snowshoe racing? Check out our snowshoe calendar of events… Read more »

Our View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Flo Zurkinden

In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail runners like Flo Zurkinden who have dedicated themselves as everyday athletes to grow trail running in their community. “View from the Pack” is supported by ATRA corporate member RaidLight. Nominator Adam Isovitsch writes, “Flo Zurkinden constantly strives to help others through… Read more »

Snowshoe Race Report: The Churney Gurney & First 2019 Doubleheader

The following snowshoe race report from the 2019 Churney Gurney 5k Snowshoe Race in Queensbury, New York and 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. Photos by Brian Teague. It takes approximately 10,000,000 snowflakes to make… Read more »

From the ATRA Archives: Ben Nephew’s 7 Sisters Race Report

In this edition of From the ATRA Archives presented by Salomon, Ben Nephew, then 25 years old, shares his experience from the 2001 edition of the 7 Sisters Trail Race in Amherst, MA. Ben’s article was first published in our Trail Times newsletter issue 25 (2001). Race results from the 2001 7 Sisters Trail Race can be found… Read more »

ATRA goes retro to celebrate 22 years of trail running

At the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) we’re going back to the past to dust-off and republish more than two decades of trail running articles in a new series presented by Salomon entitled From the ATRA Archives. (Photo above: US women’s team at the 1996 World Mountain Running Trophy race in Telfus, Austria. Danelle Ballengee,… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Late Air by Jaclyn Gilbert

The novel Late Air was written by Jaclyn Gilbert, Little a, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark and first appeared in winter 2018 issue 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. As runners, we are… Read more »

American Trail Running Association to promote “Trail Running Responsibly” in 2019

Here at the American Trail Running Association (ATRA), we’re proud to announce “Trail Running Responsibly” as our theme for 2019. This important topic follows our recent annual themes including last year’s Trail Stewardship: Leaving a Lasting Legacy, and the 2017 theme, Community: Building Trail Running Connections. Starting in January, we’ll be publishing a series of… Read more »