Posts By: Richard Bolt

WMRA Names Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) Women of Mountain Running

Written by Kristy Reade for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Republished here with permission. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is the treasurer of the World Mountain Running Association. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been taking a look back at some of the “greatest of all time” athletes in mountain running. We’re going to… Read more »

Origin Stories of Top American Trail Runners – Part 2

Redemption, Wrong Turns, Silver Linings and Cigarettes: How a Few of the Nation’s Top Mountain/Ultra/Trail Runners Found Their Way to the Trails. Written by Shannon Payne. Shannon is a Colorado native trail runner currently residing in Auburn, California. She was a 2-time qualifier for the US Mountain Running Team, 2-time winner of the Mt. Washington… Read more »

Origin Stories of Top American Trail Runners – Part 1

Redemption, Wrong Turns, Silver Linings and Cigarettes: How a Few of the Nation’s Top Mountain/Ultra/Trail Runners Found Their Way to the Trails. Written by Shannon Payne. Shannon is a Colorado native currently residing in Auburn, California. She was a 2-time qualifier for the US Mountain Running Team, 2-time winner of the Mt. Washington Road Race,… Read more »

LEKI Unveils UNGROUNDED: Four Films Featuring Trailblazing Women in the Outdoors

Press release from American Trail Running Association corporate member LEKI USA. LEKI is proud to announce the launch of their new digital series UNGROUNDED, created and directed by Ben Clark, starring four LEKI-sponsored women athletes all with unique paths to the outdoors. Ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich, ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin, trail & ultrarunner Meredith Edwards… Read more »

Are You Interested in a FREE Trail Running Coaching Package?

We’re excited to partner with American Trail Running Association (ATRA) corporate member Lifelong Endurance and Denver, Colorado based Coach Andrew Simmons to give away 90 days of one to one coaching. You must be an ATRA member to be eligible. Check out our Membership page to join now. Here’s how this coaching giveaway works in… Read more »

2020 NACAC Mountain Running Championships Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

The 2020 NACAC Mountain Running Championship in Golden, BC, Canada has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Limits on the number of participants in events to no more than 50 imposed by the British Columbia government means the host Golden Ultra will have to be cancelled. The 17th annual North American, Central American & Caribbean… Read more »

Runners for Public Lands Publishes Its Environmental Commitments

Launched on Earth Day, 2019, Runners for Public Lands (RPL) is a laboratory for experiments in runner environmental activism. RPL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and to doing conservation work and environmental advocacy based on training in these areas. Consistent with our 2020 theme of “Climate Action”… Read more »

2020 WMRA Mountain Running World Cup is Cancelled

Started in 1999, the World Mountain Running Association’s (WMRA) World Cup has been a proving ground for elite level off-road runners preparing themselves for the annual World Mountain Running Championships. Featuring up to seven European events per year, this series travelled to America for the first time last year, adding the American Trail Running Association… Read more »

Get Dirty; Run Clean – Our Handmade ATRA Soap is Back!

Handcrafted by Soap Master Creighton in Douglas County, Colorado, this is our third edition of the ATRA Run Clean soap. The base oils are all 100% natural with an “energy” blend of essential oils. To order this artisanal soap send a check to: American Trail Running Association, PO Box 9454, Colorado Springs, CO 80932. $11… Read more »

MUT WiLD Drops New “Social Distancing” T-Shirts to Benefit ATRA

Elite trail runner and 2017 World Mountain Running Championship women’s team gold medalist Allie MacLaughlin’s (pictured below) MUT WiLD brand has just released a series of social distancing T-shirts to benefit the American Trail Running Association. These original “My Kind Of Social Distancing” designs are printed on Tultex brand 100% ring spun cotton fine knit… Read more »

New England’s Emer O’Donoghue Honored for 24 years of Mountain Running Accomplishments

Article courtesy the USATF New England (USATF-NE) Association. USATF-NE has been the host association for several mountain and trail running national championships at events including the Mt Washington Road Race (Mountain), Cranmore Mountain Race (Mountain), Loon Mountain Race (Mountain), Waterville Valley Mountain Race (Mountain) and Ragged Mountain 50K (Trail). Photo above by Freddi Triback. With… Read more »

Update from 2020 US Trail Running Conference in light of COVID-19

Announcement from American Trail Running Association partner US Trail Running Conference. Written by conference director Terry Chiplin (pictured above – photos by Peter Maksimow). So much has changed since our last newsletter. In these uncertain times, we trust that you, your family and loved ones are staying healthy. We are committed to enabling the US… Read more »

The 2020 Skyrunning World Championships Postponed Till 2021

Announcement from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is an ISF associate member. Photo above: Billy Fotògraf. The 2020 Skyrunning World Championships scheduled for July 10-12, 2020 at the BUFF® Mountain Festival in the Spanish Pyrenees, has been postponed to the same venue in 2021. The decision has been made… Read more »

ATRA Partner Active at Altitude Launches Runners Mindset Program

Announcement from Estes Park, Colorado based Active at Altitude, organizers of the annual US Trail Running Conference in partnership with the American Trail Running Association. Active at Altitude, creator of experiences that educate, inspire, and empower an active, healthy, mindful lifestyle, has announced a new program to help guide runners through these challenging times with… Read more »

ATRA Member Tailwind Nutrition Donates Products to Healthcare Workers in Support of COVID-19 Relief

Press release from American Trail Running Association member Tailwind Nutrition. Tailwind Nutrition has announced new measures to support healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many brands across the nation are pivoting their businesses and manufacturing to develop wearable personal protective equipment (PPE). Tailwind is using their expertise in nutrition and the benefits… Read more »

Climate Neutral Proudly Certifies More Than 70 Companies

Press release from Climate Neutral, a non-profit organization creating the new trusted consumer standard for corporate climate action. Climate Action is ATRA’s 2020 theme. Trail running footwear manufacturer Icebug is one of Climate Neutral’s committed brands. For Earth Day, dozens of brands unite under a new standard for climate action. Climate Neutral, an independent non-profit… Read more »

American Trail Running Association Joins Endurance Sports Coalition

Information from the Endurance Sports Coalition, a group of over 500 organizations including several dozen ATRA members and partners. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the immediate cancellation or postponement of every trail running and endurance event across the United States for the foreseeable future. Like many sectors of the economy, trail running and endurance sports are… Read more »