Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

2018 International Youth Mountain Running Cup – Team USA Selection

This year marks the 13th edition of the WMRA International Mountain Running Youth 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 early 2018. This event provides an excellent opportunity for talented young runners to experience not only international… Read more »

Meet Trail Ambassador – Chad Wikander

Please welcome the 12th and final honoree in our 2017 American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador program presented by CamelBak. We’re proud to introduce you to 45-year-old Chad Wikander, a community builder, accomplished athlete and trail devotee who has lived in Southern Oregon for the past 22 years. Michael DiGiorgio wrote in his nomination… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Chris Russell

Please welcome the 11th of our 2017 American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassadors presented by CamelBak. We’re proud to introduce you to Chris Russell, a giant in stature and personality. “Chris is hard to miss,” writes friend and nominator Brian Ricketts. “Standing 6’8″ tall, he doesn’t look like your average trail runner. His personality… Read more »

Know where to look: Discovering trails in my hometown

On the most recent trip to my hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, I discovered some trails I didn’t know existed. It was April, 2017 and spring was just thinking about awakening from its winter slumber. And me, I was wide awake and tired of running on the roads and longed for a bit of trail adventure… Read more »

Chase and Hobbs collaborate on a series of four trail running guide books

American Trail Running Association (ATRA) president Adam W. Chase and executive director Nancy Hobbs have joined forces again to coauthor a series of four trail running guide books. These “where-to” guides follow on the heels of their successful “how-to” book, The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running, first published in 2001, with a second edition published… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Soleil Gaylord

Please welcome our tenth 2017 American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassadors presented by CamelBak. We’re proud to introduce you to Soleil Gaylord, a high school senior who builds community by sharing her passion for trail and mountain running in her hometown of Telluride, Colorado, and beyond. This dynamo ran her first trail race in… Read more »

Warm up and cool down

Written by Stephen R. Santangelo and originally published in the Fall 2017 edition of the Trail Times newsletter. If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? ~John Wooden Many factors are essential in maintaining a healthy body to continue running the trails over the years and performing… Read more »

Harry Potter comes to Mt. Greylock

Written by Laura Clark for the Fall 2017 edition of the Trail Times newsletter. Members of the Western Massachusetts Athletic Club always knew Mt. Greylock was magical, with its mist-enshrouded War Memorial crowning the top and its winter-white hump inspiring Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. But this year provided firm confirmation: Harry Potter & Company chose Greylock… Read more »

Pikes Peak Trekker Expedition a Success

This past August an American Trail Running Association team captured panoramic “street-view” imagery of the entire Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon course using Google’s backpack-mounted camera system. The resulting imagery will enable fans of the Pikes Peak race to view the entire length of the trail from the comfort of their home, or on the… Read more »

ATRA’s Richard Bolt recognized for contributions to snowshoe running

At the 16th annual Birkie Trail Fest in Hayward, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 30, ATRA’s Director of Marketing Richard Bolt was presented with the 2017 Cindy Brochman Memorial Snowshoe Magazine Person of the Year award. The upper Midwest was a fitting spot to celebrate Bolt’s accomplishments as a snowshoe ambassador and role model, since the… Read more »

Team USA leads medal count at NACAC Mountain Running Championships

In spite of Team Mexico winning individual golds, Team USA led the medal count with five of the 12 medals awarded at this year’s 14th North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships in Golden, BC, Canada. A deep USA men’s squad led the scoring to take gold in the team competition with… Read more »

Base Camp Las Vegas, book reviewed by Laura Clark

Base Camp Las Vegas: 101 Hikes in the Southwest, by Deborah Wall. Imbrifex Books, 2017. Fly nonstop to Las Vegas (as easy as flying the tourist nonstop to Disney World), take in a few shows and then escape to the desert trails. What a deal! Described public recreation areas are handily sorted by distance from… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Carol Tatom

Please welcome the ninth of our 2017 American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassadors presented by CamelBak. We’re proud to introduce you to Carol Tatom, a trail runner who builds community by sharing her passion for the sport with others. She offers advice, encouragement and support which extends well beyond her training partners. This busy… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Dave Dutro

Please welcome the eighth of our 2017 American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassadors presented by CamelBak. We’re proud to introduce you to Dave Dutro, a trail runner who builds community as a coach, race director, club organizer, and dog lover. Photo above by Jon Jonkers. “The only regret I have is that I didn’t… Read more »