Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

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 »

LEKI USA added as a partner in our Trail Ambassador program

We’re proud to announce LEKI USA as a new partner in our Trail Ambassador program presented by CamelBak. LEKI USA makes innovative carbon and aluminium trail running poles with fixed length, folding and variable length models available. LEKI USA joins CamelBak, adidas Outdoor, CEP Compression, Health I.Q., and OrthoLite as a partner in this second-year… Read more »

Trail runners: What’s in your luggage?

How many times have you gotten to your trail running destination on either a short domestic hop, or a long-haul overseas flight and realized you didn’t have an essential item packed away in your luggage? Having just returned from an overseas trail running adventure in Australia, I thought it timely to provide some packing and… Read more »

A Trail Running Adventure in Australia

Trying to be prepared and aware, before my ten-day trip to Australia, I poured over —albeit hesitantly at times, and not always looking at the photos — the various poisonous snakes and huge and frightening spiders native to the country. I reached out to a friend and was somewhat comforted when he told me he’d… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Roanoke in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. These articles feature a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature Roanoke in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with a population of 99,000, comprised of many smaller communities including Carvins Cove, Mill Mountain Park,… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Victor Mariano

Please welcome the fourteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the second in 2018. Meet cancer survivor Victor Mariano, a trail race committee member, trail builder, and tireless volunteer. In his nomination, Aaron Saft wrote, “Victor Mariano embodies the human being we all should strive to be. He is selfless,… Read more »

Ready, set, action: Get ready for a trail running photo shoot

How do photographers snap the perfect trail running photo that appears in a magazine ad in Trail Runner magazine or a Runner’s World “rave run?”  Having been on several photo shoots with professional photographers – one of which was a Rave Run shoot – I can tell you that it isn’t just one shot and… Read more »

ATRA announces a second year with Race Roster as a preferred partner in Event Standards Program

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is pleased to announce Race Roster as a second-year partner in Event Standards Program for race directors.  The Event Standards Program provides guidelines for use in planning for and staging safe and successful trail running events.  Race directors who’s events adhere to the majority of the criteria, may include our… Read more »

We’re proud to introduce CEP Compression as a partner in our Trail Ambassador program

We’re proud to introduce CEP Compression is a new partner in our Trail Ambassador program presented by CamelBak. CEP Compression joins CamelBak, adidas Outdoor, LEKI USA, Health I.Q., and OrthoLite as a partner in this second-year program, which honors outstanding individuals in the trail running community. Each month an ambassador will be chosen form a pool… Read more »

Meet Trail Ambassador – Brandon Stapanowich

Please welcome the 13th American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and our first of 2018. We’re proud to introduce you to 33-year-old Brandon Stapanowich. Brandon is an accomplished trail runner with myriad athletic achievements to his credit, a community volunteer, a role model. Humble to his core, Stapanowich, who grew up… Read more »

Barr Trail Mountain Race supports US Mountain Running Team

The Barr Trail Mountain Race (BTMR) debuted in 2000 and has been challenging competitors with its rugged terrain ever since (save 2012 when the Waldo Canyon Fire caused the race to be cancelled). The course is 12.6 miles long and boasts more than 3600 feet of climbing as it ascends from the Cog Railway in Manitou… Read more »

Western States Champion Cat Bradley delights Colorado Springs crowd

On the eve of her 26th birthday, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run reigning champion Cat Bradley, was at the Colorado Running Company in Colorado Springs, sharing her ultra running story with a standing room only crowd. Her can-do attitude and easy-going demeanor inspired and entertained the group for more than an hour as she… Read more »

New initiatives on tap for the World Mountain Running Association in 2018

New initiatives on tap for the World Mountain Running Association in 2018: Wyatt leads Council with action-oriented style. Newly minted World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) president Jonathan Wyatt (New Zealand), led the seven-member council in its first meeting of the new year on January 13-14, in Monaco, home of the International Association of Athletics Federations… Read more »

Goal for 2018: Running you first trail race

Are you ready to hit the ground running in 2018 as you prepare for your first trail race? We hope so, and to help you in the process, consider the following tips so that your finish line experience has you planning subsequent goals. Select the race. Look for a race based on location, time of… Read more »