Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Running Anatomy

Running Anatomy, 2nd edition, by Joe Puleo and Patrick Milroy, Human Kinetics, 2019.  Book review by trail runner Laura Clark. Whether you are a recreational or a competitive runner, there comes a time when either youth or beginner’s magic fails to guarantee improvement. There is a saying that every new runner has a ten year… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Emily Wheeler

Please welcome the eighteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and sixth in 2018. Forty-two year old Emily Wheeler, a former wellness director for the YMCA, builds community through running, volunteering, organizing events, and club management. Nominator Nicole Craig wrote, “Emily helps out many of the local running clubs and trail… Read more »

US Team Selection Criteria for 2019 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

Written by USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Running Executive Committee members Richard Bolt, Nancy Hobbs, Jason Bryant, Max King and Melody Fairchild.  Approved by the MUT Executive Committee for publication on May 25, 2018.  The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships is regulated by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) under the… Read more »

#TayteonTrails: 10 Things I Like to Do When I’m Not Trail Running

#TayteOnTrails is written by our new Project Associate and NIKE TRAIL RUNNING pro Tayte Pollman.  This new series of articles follows Tayte around the globe as he trains, races and learns about the places he visits.  Tayte is a recent graduate of the University of Portland,  bronze medalist from the 2017 World Long Distance Mountain… Read more »

How one county in Colorado is elevating the standard for trail LOVE

Trails need our help! American Trail Running Association vice president Ellen Miller, shares a new initiative in her home state designed to respond to that need. This is a program that could certainly be modeled in other regions across the country. In Eagle County/White River National Forest, the public that uses the trails created a… Read more »

Book Review: Run Forever by Amby Burfoot

Run Forever, by Amby Burfoot. Hachette Book Group, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. While sustainability is the new buzzword, spawning a return to cloth napkins and wooden toys, a true lifestyle approach should embrace more than just the outer trappings and delve more deeply into personal motivation. As runners, we choose an outdoor-centered… Read more »

Our View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Dale Cougot

In this new series, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners 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 Carol Tatom writes, “Dale Cougot is a very active member of… Read more »

Book Review: The Nature Lover’s Quotation Book

The Nature Lover’s Quotation Book: An Inspired Collection for Hiking, Camping and the Great Outdoors, compiled by Hatherleigh Press, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. The beauty of a compilation of quotations about nature is that you can absorb the essence of great writers and naturalists without having to plough through pages of dense… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Carrie Meng

Please welcome the seventeenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and fifth in 2018. At age 40, Floridian Carrie Meng has amassed an impressive resume in our sport. Her passion for trails and can-do spirit is evident in all that she does, be it race directing, trail building, volunteering, or organizing… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Michael Lo Presti

Please welcome the sixteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and fourth in 2018. Meet 46-year-old Connecticut resident Michael Lo Presti, whose love of trail running led him to found CT Trailmixers. He’s a married father of two daughters, a volunteer running guide with Achilles International, and hopes to run an… Read more »

5 go-to yoga poses for trail runners

Written by Josh Douglas-Walton, a writer for ATRA corporate member HFE (Health and Fitness Education). Whether you’re completely new to trail running or have years of experience under your belt, chances are that you’ll have contended with sore muscles, aches, pains and even potential injuries on more than a few occasions. There’s nothing worse than a… Read more »

Team USATF announced for the NACAC Mountain Running Championships

Countries from the North American, Central American and Caribbean region, will compete at the 2018 NACAC Mountain Running Championships hosted by the Loon Mountain Race, in Lincoln, NH, on Sunday, July 8.  Both individual and team competition will be staged, with nations competing head-to-head with one another.  Teams are comprised of up to four men… Read more »

Trail Stewardship: Leaving a Lasting Legacy is our theme for 2018

We’re proud to announce our theme for 2018 – Trail Stewardship: Leaving a Lasting Legacy.  This initiative builds on our 2017 theme – Community: Building Trail Running Connections. One of the keystones of this year’s theme is the land on which we run. “It is imperative that we all work together to take care of… Read more »

Enjoying an Old Fashioned Winter at Snowshoe Nationals

Trail runner Laura Clark shares her story from this year’s Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships, where she finished second in her age group in the 10K and 34th overall in the half marathon. Photos by Jen Ferriss. Recalling those “When I was your age…” legends about blinding snowstorms and waist-high drifts, the 2018 Dion… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Sheila Eagan

Please welcome the fifteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the third in 2018. Meet trail running community builder and school teacher by profession, Sheila Eagan from Rochester, New York. This 33-year-old dynamo co-hosts a running-themed podcast, volunteers at races and for trail work days, is the secretary/treasurer for #TrailsRoc,… Read more »