Posts By: Richard Bolt

Coping with Change: Advice from Elite Trail Runner Sam Lewis

American Trail Running Association executive director Nancy Hobbs interviewed 2019 US Mountain Running Team member Sam Lewis to see how she’s adjusting her training to and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Sam Lewis lives in Moscow, Idaho where she is a teacher and coach. She stormed onto the mountain and trail racing scene in 2019… Read more »

Mountain Runners Around the World Reflect on COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by Kristy Reade with contributions from ATRA’s Nancy Hobbs for the World Mountain Running Association. Re-posted here with permission. “Let it be said that when things were at their worst, we were at our best.” – Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Republic of Ireland. With the current COVID-19 pandemic having such a profound effect… Read more »

ATRA Member Balega Socks Brings New Spring Colors to the Trails

Press release from American Trail Running Association corporate member Balega. Balega International, a leading sock brand in the run specialty market, is expanding its popular Ultralight collection for Spring 2020 with the introduction of new colorways in the Crew and No Show models. The new styles will be available online and at specialty retail stores… Read more »

From the ATRA Archive: Dave Dunham’s Winter Mountain Running Adventure

The following story was written by 1993 World Mountain Running Trophy silver medalist Dave Dunham. A prolific multi-surface athlete and adventure, Dave writes about snowshoe running up Kearsarge Mountain in New Hampshire fifteen years ago with teammates Dan Verrington, Alan Bernier and ATRA’s Richard Bolt. March 18, 2005 – My injured hip left me unable… Read more »

Spartan Trail Partners with the US Trail Running Conference

Press release from ATRA partner US Trail Running Conference. Spartan Trail is an ATRA corporate member. Over 20 Spartan Trail events can be found on our event calendar. World’s largest OCR and endurance brand becomes presenting sponsor for trail runner segment of the 2020 US Trail Running Conference. Active at Altitude, organizers of the US… Read more »

Trail Runner Product Review: Nathan VaporHowe Waistpak

The Nathan VaporHowe Waistpak was reviewed by Colorado Springs’ trail runner Dreama Walton who was a member of ATRA’s 2017 Pikes Peak Trekker team and is currently training for her first Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. Dreama is a Nathan Ambassador and was given this pack as part of her sponsorship. I really wasn’t… Read more »

Pioneer Spirit Trail Race to host USATF 50 Mile Trail Championship

Press release written by USATF Championship liaison Meghan Laws. Photo above: Tim Tollefson winning Singletrack Running’s 2019 FOURmidable 50K. On Saturday March 14, the Pioneer Spirit Trail Race will host the 2020 USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships in El Dorado and Placer counties, California.  Starting in the small town of Cool, the course runs through… Read more »

Michelle Hummel & Joseph Gray Victorious at U.S. National Snowshoe Championships

Michelle Hummel (Albuquerque, NM) and Joseph Gray (Colorado Springs, CO), led a strong field that included other elite mountain/trail runners to take wins at the 20th annual Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships this past Saturday, February 29. This two decade-old national championship took place two miles above sea level at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in… Read more »

Snowshoe Racing to Reach New Heights at CMC Leadville

Press release from Colorado Mountain College – host of the 2020 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships. American Trail Running Association team members Nancy Hobbs, Richard Bolt, Tayte Pollmann and Allie MacLaughlin are attending the races. LEADVILLE – A steady stream of registrations is flowing in as Leadville prepares to welcome racers and recreationists to… Read more »

National Snowshoe Championships Kick-off Today in Leadville, Colorado

The 20th annual Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships weekend starts today at 10,151 feet above sea level in “Trail Town” Leadville, Colorado. This will be the second time this national championship has come to Colorado, Frisco hosted in 2012, and the first time it’s been contested at elevations above 10,000 feet. Long a popular… Read more »

Italian Mountain Race Course Under Threat from Forest Fires

Editors Note: In 2017 forest fires burned large areas in the mountains above Susa, Italy and threatened the historic Challenge Stellina race course. In recent years several major U.S. trail races have been threatened or cancelled due to forest fires. Are you concerned about how climate change is affecting our sport? Consider supporting the work… Read more »

CamelBak® Bolsters 2020 Running Team Roster with Three New Additions

Press release from CamelBak. Dave Mackey (pictured above right) is a member of the American Trail Running Association advisory board. CamelBak was the presenting sponsor of our Trail Ambassador program. PETALUMA, California – CamelBak®, the global leader in award-winning personal hydration products, today announces the expansion of its running team athlete roster for 2020. Focused… Read more »

Spartan Partners with Global Trail Running Events to Create Spartan Trail World Championship

Press release from American Trail Running Association member Spartan Trail. Headlines: Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas to Host Trail Running Events from 21k to 100k; $270,000 Prize Purse up for Grabs; Spartan Appoints Patagonia Run CEO Mariano Alvarez as Spartan Trail CEO. Spartan, the world’s largest endurance brand, has partnered with established trail running… Read more »

Michael Wardian going for 29-year-old course record at Catalina Island Marathon

Press release from American Trail Running Association member Spectrum Sports Management. Renowned record-breaking marathoner and ultra-marathoner and NATHAN sports athlete Michael Wardian will run in the Catalina Island Marathon on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Avalon, CA. Wardian will look to add to an impressive running resume, which includes world records for the fastest time… Read more »

Trofeo Nasego Mountain Races Celebrate Industry, Environment and Tradition in Italy’s Alpine Region

Press release from Corsa in Montagna. Photos by Trofeo Nasego. Garda Lake a few kilometers away, on one side Valtrompia famous for steel and ironworks, on the other Valsabbia with its metal foundries. In the middle the Savallese with Casto and its hamlets, 1700 inhabitants and a record: the first municipality of Italy completely self-sufficient… Read more »