Posts By: Richard Bolt

Trail Runner’s Book Review: A River Trilogy

A River Trilogy: A Fly-Fishing Life, written by W.D. Wetherell. Skyhorse Publishing, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark for the Summer 2018 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Many men go fishing all… Read more »

Pikes Peak Marathon Block Party will feature Pancakes and Bluegrass

Press release from ATRA member Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon. Salomon Running is also an American Trail Running Association corporate member. MANITOU SPRINGS – Some of the best mountain runners in the world will take on the 63rd Pikes Peak Marathon on Sunday, Aug. 19, and race organizers believe that’s a great reason to host the… Read more »

Incorporating Short Trail Races into Your Training

Written by Andrew Simmons for the Summer 2018 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Andrew lives in Lakewood, Colorado where he is the head training coach, of Peak Performance Running. He is a USATF Level 2 Endurance Coach, TrainingPeaks Level 2 Coach, and Lydiard Foundation Level 2 Coach. For most marathoners and ultra-distance runners, five… Read more »

Little and Sigl win 2018 USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships

Written by USATF Championship liaison Lin Gentling. Under almost ideal conditions for a summer race, the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championship held in conjunction with the Cayuga Trails 50 Mile was contested in Robert Treman State Park, NY. The partially overcast morning was cool with a gentle breeze. Just outside of Ithaca, New York in… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – San Luis Obispo

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. These articles feature a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature San Luis Obispo in Coastal California with a population of 46,000 full time residents. San Luis Obispo, California San Luis Obispo,… Read more »

Mayr and Ndungu win the first mountain running world cup race

This mountain running story & translation by Corsa in Montagna. Photos by Damiano Benedetto and Jonathan Wyatt.  Republished with permission. The 7th times world champion and the Kenyan sensation deserve an important win as the mountain running world cup takes off in Grossglockner. Great organizational frame and a truly deserved IAAF PERMIT label were the… Read more »

American Team Assembled for the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships

Editors note (August 8, 2018): After confirming that Maude Gorman had cheated in several trail races, she has been removed from the team. The following seventeen American athletes will be competing at the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships which will be held from 13-15 September in Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands. Races in three skyrunning disciplines… Read more »

MacLaughlin and Gray lead record field at Loon Mountain Race

Joseph Gray won his 14th USATF National Championship by over a minute and set the fastest ever time on Upper Walking Boss. Allie MacLaughlin won her second USA Track & Field Mountain Running Championships en-route to making her third US Mountain Running Team. The 6.6-mile course climbs 3200 feet and includes grades of up to… Read more »

Spring 2018 Trail Running Survey Results

Each spring, the American Trail Running Association conducts a survey to measure trail running trends from our national audience. This year we had a record 2300 responses, nearly triple that of the 2017 survey. Complete survey results are made available to corporate members at the Switchback, Steep & Rocky and All-terrain levels. The following selected outtakes… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Taos Ski Valley

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. These articles feature a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico with a population of 78 full time residents. TRAIL TOWN Taos Ski Valley is a… Read more »

U.S. men’s team takes silver; Joseph Gray wins bronze at the 15th Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

On a range of mountains along the Polish / Czech Republic border, Śnieżka peak rises 5259 feet above sea level and would be twice climbed by America’s top off-road runners at the 15th Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. Race morning saw the mountain shrouded in gray clouds, wind and rain with temperatures in the 30s… Read more »

2018/19 World Championships & Opportunities for Elite U.S. Mountain, Trail & Sky Runners

There are several international sport governing organizations which organize World Championship and similar competitions in mountain running, trail running and sky running. The following is a list of those competitions, who organizes them and how American athletes can qualify. There are competitions for athletes ranging in ages from 14 to 79 years old; many require… Read more »

Pikes Peak Marathon to implement drug testing at 2018 races

Press release from ATRA member Pikes Peak Marathon Inc.  EDITORS NOTE: Any Lab Test Now and their testing partner, Quest Diagnostics, are not certified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).  Test results from Pike Peak, including those deemed to be “positive,” can’t be recognized by USADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), USA Track & Field… Read more »

US Team Selection Criteria for 2019 Trail World Championships

Written by USATF Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Running Executive Committee members Richard Bolt, Nancy Hobbs, Alex Varner and Jason Bryant and approved by the MUT Executive Committee. The Trail World Championship is regulated by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) under the patronage of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and with their technical… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – Overcoming Injuries With A Positive Mental Attitude

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. As an 18 year old, Tayte finished 3rd at the 2015 USATF Trail Marathon Championships (pictured above) and won the 2017 52k Broken Arrow Skyrace. I’ve been dealing with some chronic Achilles issues and this… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – add adventure to your trail runs

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running.  Tayte finished 3rd at the 2017  World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships and was a member of the junior US Mountain Running Team at the 2015 World Mountain Running Championships (#461 pictured above). Tuesday Trail Tip… Read more »