Posts By: Richard Bolt

National Champions Crowned at First Ever Waterville Valley Mountain Race

This past Sunday, the inaugural Waterville Valley Mountain Race hosted the USATF Mountain Running Championships on sunlit slopes with a glimmer of fall foliage blanketing the surrounding White Mountain National Forest. Mountain running world champions went head-to-head against some of the fastest track and road runners to ever compete in the USATF Mountain Running Championships…. Read more »

Our Trail Work Survey Results Are In!

We recently conducted a survey of trail runners to better understand and measure their attitudes towards and involvement in trail maintenance, trail building and trail advocacy activities. With over 2500 survey respondents, we were excited to see a high level of engagement from our community on this important subject. There’s been a lot of anecdotal… Read more »

Pyrenees Canfranc Alpinultras a 2020 WMRA World Cup Candidate Race

Press release by World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) council member Sergio Garasa Mayayo (Spain). ATRA founder and executive director Nancy Hobbs is the WMRA treasurer. Race sponsor Raidlight is also an ATRA corporate member.  STORY HIGHLIGHTS: Canfranc-Canfranc arrives as second stage for Alpinultras series, after Tenerife Blue Trail and before Desafío Cainejo. The 100 km… Read more »

Pennsylvania’s GAP Relay Goes Carbon Neutral

Press release from American Trail Running Association member Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon. Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) is partnering with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) to host its first carbon-neutral event and one of the first-carbon neutral trail running endurance events at the 2019 GAP Relays, a two-day non-stop 150-mile relay race along the… Read more »

25 Years Ago in Mountain Running: An American Takes on Europe’s Best

The following is an excerpt from 1993 World Mountain Running Championship silver medalist Dave Dunham’s August 1994 training log. Dave and several other American runners competed in events which are now considered mountain running classics. At that time the U.S. trail & mountain running scene was still in its infancy. These European mountain running races… Read more »

2019 USATF Junior Mountain Running Team Announced

USA Track & Field’s Mountain, Ultra, Trail (MUT) Executive Committee has named the Junior US Mountain Running Team members scheduled to compete at the 32nd WMRA World Mountain Running Championships on Friday, November 15, in Villa La Angostura, Argentina. The Team features a mixture of former Youth (U18) and Junior (U20) Team members along with… Read more »

ATRA Member Leslie Jordan Inc Certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise

Press release written by Leslie Jordan Inc. Leslie Jordan is an American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Switchback corporate member and preferred vendor in our Event Standards Program. Portland, OR – Leslie Jordan Brand Apparel Manufacturing was recently certified as a Women’s business enterprise. Founded in 1986, Leslie Jordan Inc. has partnered with thousands of events… Read more »

Chamonix Based Trail Race Organizer announces Val d’Aran by UTMB® for the Spanish Pyrenees

Press release written by UTMB®. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France — UTMB® and local organizers InAran Sports, have today announced the inaugural edition of Val d’Aran by UTMB®, the newest international event created by UTMB®, will be held in the heart of the Pyrenees from 3-5 July 2020. Announced at the world summit of trail running UTMB® Mont Blanc… Read more »

Europeans take five of six podium spots at Pikes Peak Marathon

Press release written by Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon. Salomon and Sage Canaday are ATRA members. Photos by Peter Maksimow. MANITOU SPRINGS – With a comfortable lead and the Pikes Peak Marathon women’s race record in sight, Swiss runner Maude Mathys made the famous turn on the mountain’s 14,115-foot summit on Sunday. Keep it together,… Read more »

USATF U18 Girls’ Mountain Running Team Earns Bronze

Colorado high school runners Samantha Blair (5th place), Madeleine Burns (7th place) and Maggi Congdon (18th place) took home the team bronze medal at the World Mountain Running Association’s (WMRA) U18 International Mountain Running Youth Cup in Susa, Italy today. The three standout cross country runners competed against elite 16-and 17-year-old off-road runners from 14… Read more »

Joe Gray and Kim Dobson Capture Pikes Peak Ascent Titles

Press release written by Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon. MANITOU SPRINGS – Joe Gray and Kim Dobson returned to familiar territory on Saturday, winning the men’s and women’s races in the 64th Pikes Peak Ascent. Gray, 35, of Colorado Springs, set the early pace and was not challenged. Leading from the starting line in Manitou… Read more »

USATF Youth Mountain Runners Race Through History in Susa Italy

A United States contingent of six athletes, two staff members and a small squad of supporters have arrived in the Susa Valley of Northwest Italy for tomorrow’s 14th edition of the World Mountain Running Association’s (WMRA) International WMRA U18 Mountain Running Youth Cup. This classic mountain running event will feature 90 of the best under… Read more »

How to Plan and Execute Your Biggest Off-Road Adventure Runs

This article was written by professional trail runner Ryan Ghelfi and originally published on trailsandtarmac.com. Ryan is also a member of the Trails & Tarmac coaching team with David Laney, Jenn Shelton, Camelia Mayfield, Brett Hornig, Rachel Drake, Cole Watson, Tyler Green and Alex Nichols. It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the short window… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference announces partnership with Spartan Trail

This press release was originally published on the US Trail Running Conference website. The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) helps organize the US Trail Running Conference with select proceeds going to support our organization. Spartan Trail is an ATRA Switchback corporate member. Active at Altitude, organizers of the 2019 US Trail Running Conference have announced… Read more »