Posts By: Richard Bolt

2020 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships – US Team Selection

Written by USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Running Executive Committee members Richard Bolt, Nancy Hobbs and Jason Bryant. Approved by the MUT Executive Committee for publication on January 15, 2020. The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships is regulated by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) under the patronage of World Athletics…. Read more »

Greg Cummings Sets Manitou Incline Record

On January 11, 2020, Colorado resident Greg Cummings set a record for the most number of Manitou Incline ascents in a single year. Greg climbed the 2011 vertical feet Incline 1825 times in 365 days for a total of 3.6 million vertical feet in a single year. The Manitou Incline is a one mile long… Read more »

2020 NACAC Mountain Running Championships – Team USA Selection

For the 2020 NACAC Mountain Running Championships, the following Team USATF selection criteria was approved by USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) executive committee on January 14, 2020. The 17th annual North American, Central American & Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships will be held with the Golden Ultra in Kicking Horse Resort in… Read more »

2020 International U18 Mountain Running Cup – Team USA Selection

This year marks the 15th edition of the World Mountain Running Association’s (WMRA) International U18 Mountain Running Cup. The 2020 race course is an up/downhill circuit approximately 5 km in length with 207 meters of ascent and descent. Venue: Ambleside, United Kingdom, located in the Lake District. Website: https://www.amblesidemountaincup.com Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020 Trip… Read more »

ATRA member Leslie Jordan unveils new logo for 2020

Press release from American Trail Running Association corporate member Leslie Jordan, Inc., provider of cutting-edge products, exceptional customer service, and a renewed focus on eco-friendly options for trail running events. Leslie Jordan is also a preferred supplier for our Event Standards Program. The longtime leader in providing high-quality performance and lifestyle gear for endurance events,… Read more »

RunRepeat Publishes The State of Ultra Running 2020

This study was conducted by RunRepeat and the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) and originally published on RunRepeat.com. The results are republished here with their permission. In this study, RunRepeat.com explores trends in ultra running over the last 23 years. They have analyzed 5,010,730 results from 15,451 ultra running events, making this the largest study… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Port Angeles, Washington

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. A hidden gem in Northwest Washington that you should put on your trail destination bucket list is Port Angeles, Washington, population 20,000. Submitted by Peninsula Adventure Sports with support from Lorrie Mittmann, race director for the GOAT Run (Great Olympic Adventure Trail Run) in… Read more »

UTMB Management Takes Control of Ultra Trail World Tour: Uncertain Future for the Series

Guest post By Sergio Mayayo, editor of Spanish language mountain/trail running website carrerasdemontana.com (English version at trailrunningspain.com). Sergio is also a World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) council member along with ATRA executive director Nancy Hobbs. Above photo by @galitophotografia. As the year comes to and, we look into the future and put forward our best… Read more »

Tailwind Nutrition Joins #RagnarNation as Official Sponsor for Ragnar Relay in 2020

Press release from American Trail Running Association members Tailwind Nutrition and Ragnar Relay. Colorado-based nutrition company encourages runners of all abilities to set new goals and embrace new challenges Durango, CO – Tailwind Nutrition is proud to announce its 2020 partnership with Ragnar Relay, the largest running relay series in the world. Together they hope… Read more »

Kevin Setnes Inducted into American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame

Press release from the American Ultrarunning Association (AUA). In 2002 Kevin published an article about the benefits of hill running in our Trail Times newsletter. Photo above: Kevin on his way to 3rd place at the 2000 USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships. Kevin Setnes began his running career at Bloom Township High School in Illinois,… Read more »

Minutes from the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Running Council Meetings

Pictured above from left to right: Richard Bolt (American Trail Running Association), Vin Lananna (USATF President), Andy Wacker (AAC, Nike Trail Athlete), Nancy Hobbs (USATF MUT Council chairperson), George Leaf (USATF Kentucky), Peter Maksimow (USATF Colorado). USA Track & Field (USATF) held its Annual Meeting December 6-7 in Reno, Nevada at the Grand Sierra Resort… Read more »

Aravaipa Running’s Hayley Pollack joins the USATF MUT Executive Committee

Hayley Pollack has joined USA Track & Field’s Mountain, Ultra, Trail (MUT) Executive Committee. This 14-member committee is made up of elite athletes, coaches and administrators with deep expertise in MUT running and is led by American Trail Running Association founder and executive director Nancy Hobbs. The committee is responsible for managing USATF’s MUT national… Read more »

Leadville, Colorado to host First-Ever Collegiate Snowshoe National Championships

Press release from ATRA partners United States Snowshoe Association (USSSA) and Collegiate Running Association (CRA). USSSA’s 20th National Snowshoe Championship will feature US, Collegiate and High School Categories. December 3, 2019 – Corinth, NY – The Collegiate Running Association (CRA) is pleased to announce a partnership with the United States Snowshoe Association (USSSA) endorsing the… Read more »

USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council announces call for 2019 Runner of the Year nominations

Photo above: 2019 World Mountain Running Champion Joseph Gray. Photo by Marco Gulberti. After another exciting season of mountain, ultra & trail (MUT) racing its time to recognize outstanding runners who are members of our Athletics federation – USA Track & Field. Nominations are now OPEN for athletes who are current members of USA Track… Read more »