Posts By: Richard Bolt

IAU Trail World Championships – 2016 US Ultra Trail Team Qualification Standards

Written by Kami Semick & Nancy Hobbs IAU Trail World Championships – 2016 US Ultra Trail Team Qualification Standards The IAU Trail World Championship is regulated by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) under the patronage of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The first IAU Trail World Championships were held in Annecy, France, at… Read more »

Provisional Suspension of the Russian Federation from IAU Events

Message from the IAU’s Lin Gentling. This suspension affects Russia’s ability to participate in the IAU Trail Championship this in October 2016 in Portugal.  Provisional Suspension of the Russian Federation from IAU Events The International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) confirms that it will abide by and enforce the decision of the International Association of Athletics… Read more »

UltraRunning Magazine Launches The UltraRunning Race Series

UltraRunning Magazine Launches The UltraRunning Race Series Press Release from UltraRunning Magazine – November 18th, 2015 Men’s, Women’s Winners Will Land Western States 100 Entries UltraRunning Magazine today announced the launch of the UltraRunning Race Series (“URS”), a North American ultrarunning series that scores every North American participant in every North American ultra. Scoring is… Read more »

Mountain Running Gender Equity Survey Results

Mountain Running Gender Equity Survey Results The survey was designed by the US Mountain Running Team Staff to gather feedback from our mountain running community & gauge interest in equalizing race distances for men and women at the USATF Mountain Running Championships (USMRC). The survey was also designed to gather input for the following important… Read more »

USATF MUT Council Announces 2015 Runners of the Year

Written by Nancy Hobbs, MUT Council Chairperson. USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council Announces 2015 Mountain, Ultra, Trail Runners of the Year The Mountain/Ultra/Trail running (MUT) council of long distance running has named the 2015 USATF Mountain Runners of the year, Trail Runners of the Year, Ultra Runners of the Year, and Contributor of the Year…. Read more »

USATF’s MUT Committee announces USA Ultra Team Invitational

Written by USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council member Kami Semick. On Saturday, December 5, 2015, the best ultra runners from around the world will gather in the Marin headlands to compete at the inaugural USA Ultra Team Invitational. The USA Ultra Team Invitational is a team scoring event designed through the efforts of… Read more »

Study Suggests Expensive Running Shoes May Not Be Better

Editors Note: Study author RunRepeat.com powers ATRA’s “Trail Shoe Finder” tool. Press release provided by: Marcelina Horrillo, RunRepeat.com media contact, lina@runrepeat.com, Ph: 817 945 6606 134,867 user reviews of running shoes collected by the independent review aggregator RunRepeat.com reveals that expensive running shoes are not as highly rated as inexpensive shoes, and that not all brands are… Read more »

New Training Journals Help Runners Chase Down Their Goals

Press release from Dave Trendler of VeloPress. Co-author Lauren Fleshman is the co-founder of ATRA corporate member Picky Bars based the trail running mecca of Bend, OR. Two New Believe Training Journals Help Runners Chase Down Their Goals Boulder, CO, USA – November 3, 2015 – Professional runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas have released… Read more »

Invitation to the 2016 World Snowshoe Championships

The following letter is an invitation to mountain and trail runners interested in competing in the World Snowshoe Championships next year in Italy. Good Morning and Best Wishes to all Mountain/Trail Running Athletes, My name is Mark Elmore. I am a Past President of the World Snowshoe Federation. I would like to take this opportunity… Read more »

Moab Trail Marathon & USATF Championship Results

Mario Mendoza (Bend, OR – Nike Trail Team) and Megan Kimmel (Silverton, CO – Asics) won the Moab Trail Marathon & USATF Marathon Trail Championships this morning in the beautiful canyon lands outside Moab, Utah.  Seeking a course record, Megan went out fast and was never challenged by 2nd place finisher Stevie Kremer (Crested Butte,… Read more »

Moab Trail Marathon Championship Preview

2015 USA Trail Marathon Championships / Moab Trail Marathon Elite Preview After first hosting the USA ½ Marathon Trail Championships in 2013, Danelle Ballengee’s and her Moab Trail Marathon crew will be hosting the USA Trail Marathon Championships for the 2nd consecutive year this Saturday. Once again this race will feature a strong elite field… Read more »

October Training Update by Trail Runner Dave Dunham

October Training Update by Trail Runner Dave Dunham Written by Dave Dunham. Dave lives in Bradford, MA and has been an avid mountain & trail runner for over 2 decades. Racing for the Central Mass Striders, Dave has been an athlete and team staff member on the US Mountain Running Team and won a silver… Read more »

How to prepare for a multi-day stage race

“Zolkan 4 Day Chile – How to prepare for a multi-day stage race” was written by Melissa Gosse and Jonathan Sinclair. Melissa & Jon are sponsored by ATRA corporate member Xero Shoes. Stage racing is an interesting mix between the speed and stamina that brings out the fastest ultra runners in the world. There is an… Read more »

Altra named exclusive footwear sponsor of Western States

Press release from ATRA corporate member Altra Footwear: ALTRA NAMED EXCLUSIVE FOOTWEAR SPONSOR OF WESTERN STATES 100 The world’s oldest and most prestigious 100-mile trail race announces partnership with Altra Footwear AUBURN, Calif. – Altra Footwear has been named the exclusive footwear sponsor of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, Western States 100 President John… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference a resounding success

Written by ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs and Terry Chiplin. Nearly 150 trail runners, race directors and fans of the sport participated in the third annual Estes Trail Ascent – US Trail Running Conference Wednesday, October 7, to Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Attendees represented 13 states… Read more »

USATF’s MUT Council announces call for Runner of the Year nominations

USATF’s Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council announces call for Runner of the Year nominations. Nominated athletes must be current members of USA Track & Field and hold US Citizenship. Some athletes will be nominated automatically based on performances in select USATF National Championships and World Championship events. Anyone can nominate an athlete for the… Read more »

Ultra Sports Live TV Official Live Media Sponsor of Race SLO

Press release from Race SLO. Race SLO is an ATRA corporate member and organizer of the SLO Ultra trail race at Wild Cherry Canyon (September 10, 2016). SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – (October 7, 2015) – Race SLO, the Central Coast’s endurance sporting event leader, has announced Ultra Sports Live TV as its Official Live… Read more »

Why Trail Runners Matter to IMBA & Mountain Biking

The following series of slides was created by Rod Judd, Head of Business Development & Marketing Communications for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and presented at the 3rd annual US Trail Running Conference in Estes Park, CO on October 8, 2015. IMBA and the American Trail Running Association partner on trail maintenance, user access and conservation… Read more »

Flora Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon Preview

Press release from race director Tad Davis. Flora Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon – USATF 1/2 Marathon Trail Championships Coming to Bellingham, WA on October 17, 2015.  The field for the 2015 USATF National Trail Half Marathon Championships promises to be the most competitive in the nation this year with both Patrick Smyth (Nike) of… Read more »

Timeline for Directing a Trail Running Race

Here’s a great takeaways from today’s trail race director session at the Trail Running Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. Written by Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, ATRA. A Recommended Timeline for Directing a Trail Running Race: At least 12 months before – Make a mental commitment to do it – Select a site – Select a distance –… Read more »