Posts By: Richard Bolt

ATRA 25th Anniversary Challenge


We at American Trail Running Association are excited to be celebrating our 25th anniversary through a unique virtual challenge for trail runners. Our first three tired challenge kicks off September 1, and runs through December 31, 2020. Participants can set goals of 25, 250 or 2500 kilometers and can walk, hike, or run their way… Read more »

ATRA Member inov-8 Goes Green for Black Friday

Announcement from long-time American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member inov-8. inov-8 has put a green twist on this year’s Black Friday by promising to donate 5% of all sales towards planting trees. The Lake District based brand – who specialize in running, hiking and fitness gear – have teamed up with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, a… Read more »

Trail Running Podcast Directory

Trail Life Podcast

Fifteen years after Apple launched 3000 free podcasts on iTunes, there are now over 700,000 active podcasts and over 55% of Americans have listened to a podcast. Trail runners are no exception to this trend. In fact, two of the earliest – UltraRunnerPodcast and Trail Runner Nation are almost a decade old while 16 of… Read more »

Trail Running in the Pandemic – Our Survey Results


Everyone has faced struggles during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic including those of us in the trail running community. Both race directors and runners have had to adapt how they organize races and train for the sport. With so many races cancelled and shopping habits disrupted, brands have had to find creative ways to connect with… Read more »

60 Miles at 60 Years

60 Miles

Written by San Francisco Bay Area trail runner and personal trainer Robert Zunino. We have all been affected by the pandemic. Since March 2020 we’ve been relegated to our homes. Many of us have been training for scheduled races only to have the races we’ve been training for get canceled. I’ve been a runner since… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference Delivers Inaugural In-Person and Virtual Edition

Trail Running Conference

Announcement by American Trail Running Association partner US Trail Running Conference. Climate action, sustainability, responses to COVID-19, diversity and inclusion take center stage in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The 8th annual US Trail Running Conference was held October 21-24, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and provided four days of presentations, networking, vendor displays, morning trail runs, and panel discussions… Read more »

ATRA Attends Virtual International Skyrunning Federation General Assembly

Skyrunning Zoom Meeting

News from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). The American Trail Running Association is a longtime member of ISF. ATRA’s Nancy Hobbs and Richard Bolt attended the ISF General Assembly meeting virtually. The thirteenth International Skyrunning Federation General Assembly took place on October 30, 2020, this time via Zoom from the ISF operational headquarters in Biella,… Read more »

USATF 100 Mile Trail Championship at Brazos Bend is Cancelled

Brazos Bend

Announcement written by Rob Goyen, owner of American Trail Running Association member Trail Racing Over Texas (TROT). The Brazos Bend 100 was scheduled to host the USATF 100 Mile Trail Championships in Needville, Texas on December 5, 2020. I wish I had better news for all of you today, I wish I had better news… Read more »

U.S. National Snowshoe Championships on Hiatus until 2022

Snowshoe Nationals

Announcement from the United States Snowshoe Racing Association (USSSA) Sport Director Mark Elmore. Corinth, New York – As the health and safety of our United States Snowshoe Racing Association (USSSA) members is the organization’s number one priority, the USSSA wishes to announce that, out of an abundance of caution, the 2020-2021 US National Snowshoe Championships… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference Announces US Launch of Kilian Jornet’s Charter for Outdoor Sports

Kilian Jornet

Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) partner US Trail Running Conference. ATRA’s 2020 theme is Climate Action. Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference has announced that the 2020 event will feature the US launch of a charter for outdoor sports from top mountain and trail runner, Kilian Jornet. The Spanish mountain… Read more »

Twists and Turns Through the World of Virtual Trail Racing

Virtual Racing

Race report written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Normally held in Bolton Landing, New York, the 4th annual Amy’s Adventure Race took place October 1st to 4th as a virtual event. Photos by Matt… Read more »

Oregon’s Hagg Mud Will Not Be Happening in 2021

Hagg Mud

Announcement from Karen, Laurie & Teri, Co-Race Directors, Hagg Mud Runs, Oregon Road Runners Club. Photos from @HaggMud. It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that the 2021 Hagg Mud Double, 50k and 25k will not be taking place in February 2021. We love this community, and we feel the deep weariness… Read more »

Our 25th Anniversary Challenge T-shirts Are Now Available

25th Anniversary Challenge T-shirt

Get Your Challenge T-shirts! With a $55 registration for the American Trail Running Association’s 25th Anniversary Challenge, you receive a quality T-shirt with a unique design and list of all our “Trail Teasers”. Not registered? Sign-up on to join the challenge! If you’re already registered for our challenge and now want to buy the… Read more »

Sara McCormack & Sylvain Cachard Conquer Italy’s Trofeo Nasego Mountain Race

Trofeo Nasego

Trofeo Nasego race recap written by Alberto Stretti. Photo credits: Damiano Benedetto and Marco Gulberti. More race photos are available on One Italy’s premier national mountain running events, Trofeo Nasego, on Sunday became a top-flight international event in absence of the now cancelled 2020 World Mountain Running Championships. Prior to the race Sylvain Cachard… Read more »

Henry Aymonod and Valentina Belotti Win Italy’s Vertical Nasego


Written by Alberto Stretti. Photos: Damiano Benedetto and Marco Gulberti. In a really tough day due to very bad weather, Henry Aymonod (Italy) and Valentina Belotti (Italy) are the 2020 winners of the vertical kilometer “Vertical Nasego” in Casto in northern Italy. Belotti started women’s Vertical Nasego competition with Mojica Koligar (Slovenia) head to head… Read more »

LEKI interviews Pau Capell about his UTMB FKT Attempt

Pau Capell

American Trail Running Association corporate member LEKI interviewed Pau Capell after his FKT attempt last month to break 20 hours on the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc course. Photos Jordi Saragossa. August 27-28 (Chamonix, France) – In arguably the most spectacular European FKT attempt of the season, 28 year old Pau Capell tried to beat the 20… Read more »

Salomon Introduces its First Recyclable Performance Running Shoe, Index.01


Press release from long-time American Trail Running Association corporate member Salomon Running. Salomon, the global leader in trail running and winter sports equipment, unveils the Index.01, a ready-to-recycle performance road running shoe. The shoe is the result of three years of research and development at Salomon’s Annecy Design Center in the French Alps, developed to… Read more »

Our 25th Anniversary Challenge is off and (Trail) Running!

Denise Flory Challenge

Week one is in the books! Kicking off on September 1, our 25th Anniversary Challenge got underway with participants sharing photos from their runs wearing mismatching socks and race T-shirts at least five years old. These hearty trail runners posted on our 25th Anniversary Challenge Facebook page. Here are some highlights: Denise Flory was getting… Read more »

The 2020 World Mountain Running Championships Are Cancelled

The 2020 World Mountain Running Championships and World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships originally scheduled for November 13/14 in Lanzarote, Spain have been cancelled by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). As a result of this cancellation, US team selection which was supposed to start this month, has been suspended. The USATF Mountain, Ultra, Trail… Read more »