Posts By: Richard Bolt

California’s Run Catalina Island Events Are Back!

Announcement from long-time American Trail Running Association member Spectrum Sports, organizers of the Catalina Island Marathon. We are excited to announce the return of Run Catalina this fall. We have been working very closely with the state of California and the state health officials and we’re very excited to see the new Guidelines for Community… Read more »

International Skyrunning Federation Launches New VK OPEN Championship

Skyrunning VK

Announcement from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). Learn more about how the American Trail Running Association helps to support Skyrunning. Above photo: iancorless.com For lovers of the Vertical Kilometer® – a new championship launches today promoted by the International Skyrunning Federation. The VK OPEN Championship features nine races in six countries concentrated in Europe, birthplace… Read more »

Inside the La Sportiva Cyklon with BOA’s Dan Feeney, Ph.D.

Cyklon

Tayte Pollmann interviewed Dan Feeney, Ph.D., manager of biomechanics research engineering at the Performance Fit Lab at BOA Headquarters in Denver, about the new La Sportiva Cyklon. This new trail shoe, similar to previous BOA-powered trail running shoes, includes the patented fitting technology, the BOA® Fit System, which incorporates “a micro-adjustable dial, super-strong lightweight laces,… Read more »

Colorado’s Poudre Wilderness Volunteers Raise $37,000 for Forest Trail Restoration

Announcement from Poudre Wilderness Volunteers – caring for Northern Colorado Wilderness. The Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV), a wilderness trail stewardship organization, concluded a GoFundMe campaign, “Reopen Your Favorite Trails.” The Cameron Peak fire, Colorado’s largest wildfire, destroyed and burned over 208,000 acres of the Roosevelt National Forest. There are 122 miles of trails within the… Read more »

Greece’s 421 KM Run Messinia Moved to October 2021

Run Messinia

Announcement from Run Messinia. Photo above: Vladimir Rys. The final date of the 10 marathons in total in 10 days will be held on October 2-11, 2021. Run Messinia will start on October 2 from Mani and will conclude in Pylos on October 11, 2021. The closing of this event will take place in the… Read more »

AdventureCORPS Announces Joe Nimble as the Official Shoe of Badwater

Joe Nimble

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member AdventureCORPS®. AdventureCORPS®, the organization behind the legendary Badwater® brand and world-wide series of Badwater races, is pleased to announce Joe Nimble® as the Official Shoe of Badwater® for 2021. Joe Nimble® is the German shoe pioneer that has been championing the cause of toefreedom® since 1982 and has… Read more »

Gear Review – Nathan RunLite Travel Pack

Nathan RunLite

Nathan RunLite Travel Pack reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Pack provided free of charge by Nathan. “Tiny but mighty” is how Nathan describes the latest addition to their hydration pack lineup. Versatile, adaptable… Read more »

Nathan QuickSqueeze Lite Insulated Flask

Nathan

Nathan QuickSqueeze Lite Insulated Flask reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Flask provided free of charge by Nathan. OK, I admit it. I am a handheld junkie. I also have a size-able collection of… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Gear Review: Swiftwick Flite XT Zero Sock

Swiftwick

Swiftwick Flite XT Zero socks reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Socks provided free of charge by Swiftwick. Possessing a Swiftwick Flite XT Zero sock is akin to acquiring a foot covering with its… Read more »

Jackpot Ultra & USATF 100 Mile (Road) Championship Results

Written by USATF MUT Council vice-chair Meghan Laws. The Jackpot Ultra Running Festival hosted the 2021 USATF 100 Mile Road Championships in Henderson, Nevada on April 24 where $10,000 in prize money was up for grabs. With temperatures predicted to reach into the 90s, and wind gusts up to 40 mph for the USATF 100… Read more »

2022 IAU 100km World Championship – Team USA Selection & Qualifiers

2022 U.S. National 100Km Team Qualifying Standards and List of Current Qualifiers The USATF 100 Kilometer National Team will compete in the 2022 International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) 100 Kilometer World Championship under the patronage of the IAAF on a date and location to be determined (Note that this event has an “even year” occurrence)…. Read more »

2021 WMRA International U18 Mountain Running Cup is Cancelled

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is the WMRA treasurer. Photo by Jumpy James. Unfortunately we have to bring you the disappointing news that the decision has been made to cancel both the 2021 European Mountain Running Championships and the 2021 International U18 Mountain Running Cup this year. Both… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference Webinar Inspires Climate Action Champions

Climate Action

Announcement from American Trail Running Association partner US Trail Running Conference. UltraSignup powers ATRA’s individual and corporate membership registration. Industry experts summarize key factors to propel the sport towards achieving a zero carbon footprint The fourth webinar in a nine-webinar series introduced by the US Trail Running Conference and presented by the leading trail registration… Read more »

ATRA Member Spartan Trail US Championship Coming to Fayetteville

Spartan Trail

Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Spartan Trail. ATRA partner US Trail Running Conference will host its 2021 edition in Fayetteville, Arkansas that same week. In partnership with Experience Fayetteville, Spartan Trail gives its first step towards their full induction into the trail running world on October 30-31, 2021. The picturesque trail town of… Read more »

History of the U.S. Mountain Running Team – 1985 to 2020

Written by Richard Bolt and Dave Dunham, self proclaimed mountain running historian and silver medalist at the 1993 World Mountain Running Trophy race. The following is a history of US individual and team podium results in the World Mountain Running Trophy (1985-2009) / World Mountain Running Championships (2010-2019). This championship event was organized by the… Read more »

ATRA Member Inov-8 Opens Its First Brand Store In U.K. Lake District

inov-8

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member inov-8. Photos by John Shedwick Photography. The outdoors hub of Staveley in the United Kingdom’s Lake District was gripped with excitement this morning as inov-8 flung open the doors to its first-ever brand store. Customers eagerly waited outside The Forge ahead of its 9am opening in the popular… Read more »

Skyrunning World Championships Gear Up For Re-Start

Skyrunning World Championships

Announcement from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). Learn how ATRA is supporting Skyrunning in the United States. Above photo from iancorless.com. Some good news to kick off the year’s sporting calendar. The Skyrunning World Championships and Youth World Championships are back with teams from no less than 29 countries participating across the two events. After… Read more »

ATRA Member Spartan Trail World Championship Continues at Argentina’s Patagonia Run

Spartan Trail

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member Spartan Trail. Images by Fotos de Aventura. Last weekend was huge for Argentina’s trail running scene with Patagonia Run’s event in the stunning mountain village of San Martín de los Andes, in Argentina’s Northern Patagonia. Following COVID-19 guidelines and protocols from the local and national authorities, Patagonia Run… Read more »

WMRA Launches Global Mountain Running Ranking For Athletes

The World Mountain Ranking Association (WMRA) unveils a new global ranking for the sport. Since 1984, the WMRA has been a pioneering institution, key to the global development of Mountain Running. Starting with its first major international competition in 1985, it has gone on to hold 37 World Championships plus 22 World Cups. During this… Read more »