Posts By: Peter Maksimow

Living it up at the Catalina Island Marathon

Catalina Island Marathon

There were three situations that initially introduced me to Catalina Island: a high school running camp, Mike Shafai and the Eagles song “Hotel California.” I was first introduced to the island when I attended a Runner’s Workshop cross country camp the summer before my senior year of high school. The diverse beauty and challenging terrain… Read more »

First Golden Tickets of 2022 Earned at the Bandera 100K

Bandera

A light rain fell over Southern Texas’ Hill Country State Nature Area as chilly temperatures in the low-40s greeted runners on the morning of Saturday, January 7 for the HOKA Bandera Endurance Trail Run 100K. It was not the most extreme weather the race has ever witnessed, as past races have included sleet, snow, intense… Read more »

12th Annual ElliptiGo World Championships & Rally Weekend Recap

ElliptiGO

This past Fall, the elliptical bike community descended on the epicenter of all-things ElliptiGO–Southern California’s headquarters in Solana Beach–for the 12th Annual ElliptiGO World Championships and Rally Weekend. The three-day gathering in late October included a competition, group rides, social gatherings, and an awards ceremony which showcased ElliptiGO enthusiasts from all over the world. The marquee… Read more »

The Running Event 2021: In Person Once Again

The Running Event

Trail running shines at The Running Event with exciting new tech, discussion of emerging trends, light-hearted entertainment and an increasingly diverse community. After a cancellation in 2020 due to the global pandemic, The Running Event (TRE) returned to Austin,Texas November 30 through December 2, to an enthusiastic group of attendees. Established in 2006, TRE is… Read more »

Mark Tatum: The Rise of a Dipsea Champion

Mark Tatum

On November 7, 2021, I sit in the very tiny Phyllis’ Giant Burger in Mill Valley, CA and share a meal with Mark Tatum and Wes Thurman, when Thurman, with an excited laugh, shows us his phone from a local news outlet with a banner headline reading: “BREAKING NEWS: 61-year-old Colorado Springs man wins the… Read more »

Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top: One of America’s Classic Mountain Races

Mt Baldy

In my first experience with the ominous, towering mountain that I could see to the northeast  of my college dorm, our coach at Whittier College casually told our cross country team, “We are going to do this race as a training run before the season starts.” Coach Phillips tended to underestimate things…or, perhaps, he secretly… Read more »

Lincks and Gray Take Broken Arrow Skyrace 23K Titles

Broken Arrow Skyrace

The American Trail Running Association is a World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) media partner and will be providing coverage of all sixteen events in the 2021 Mountain Running World Cup. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Photos: Peter Maksimow. Sunday, October 3, was the final day of the three-day Broken… Read more »

Mountain Outpost goes Live at 2019 The Running Event

“This is the craziest sh*t to happen in running this week.” This is the line Jamil Coury (Jam Jam) begins each episode of his iconic Mountain Outpost News and he did so again as he presented a live edition of Mountain Outpost News at the 2019 The Running Event (TRE) in Austin, Texas. For the… Read more »

The Rise of Spartan Trail

Photos and article by Peter Maksimow. Spartan Trail and Altra are American Trail Running Association switchback corporate members. Spartan Race. You have more than likely heard of this brand name in the context of obstacle course racing (OCR). The stereotype of Spartan participants is they are muscular, athletic human specimens; half-clothed, scaling walls, tossing spears,… Read more »

Untold Stories from the Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon

Peter Maksimow is ATRA’s Outreach & Partnership Specialist and lives in Manitou Springs, CO. He is also an elite trail runner, plogger and member of the silver medal winning US team at the 2015 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. Photos by Peter Maksimow. The recent Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon in Manitou Springs, Colorado… Read more »

Bo Aucoin Discusses the Western States Transgender Entrant Policy

With increasing cultural acceptance and awareness of transgender persons, there have been more conversations within the trail running community about how to categorize these athletes in competitive athletic events. Over the past several years, international governing bodies and national federations have introduced policies regarding transgender athletes to attempt to clarify rules and regulations within events… Read more »

6 Highlights from the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) team was out and about at the recent Winter Outdoor Retailer (OR) show in Denver, Colorado–aka the “Snow Show”–and although this was an event highlighting skis and snowboards, we did managed to find some great products for trail runners. Here are a six highlights from the show. Fourpoints Bar… Read more »

Coaches and Camps for Trail Runners

As trail runners, we often look for ways to improve our training, racing performance or general enjoyment on the trails. Whether you are a beginner training for your first trail race, trying to get your daily nutrition dialed in for long runs, or even an elite athlete attempting to qualify for a U.S. National Team,… Read more »

Give your favorite trail runner the gift of holiday beer

Let’s face it, during the holidays we sometimes get stuff that we don’t exactly want, or necessarily need. Rather than getting your favorite trail runner “stuff” that will probably just get placed in the closet full of other new stuff, why not just get the gift of holiday cheer, in the form of beer! Beer… Read more »

Happy Plogging Day from Peter Maksimow

Our Outreach & Partnership Specialist, Peter Maksimow, will be celebrating his birthday on December 7th. Instead of receiving presents for his birthday, he would like to make a call out to all his trail running friends nation-wide, and around to world, to take a brief moment to “plog”; which is picking up trash while running… Read more »