Posts By: Richard Bolt

Mt. Washington Road Race Preview

Editor’s note: Although it now takes place on a mostly paved surface, the Mt. Washington Road Race is a longtime favorite for mountain & trail runners. First run in 1936 when the surface was 100% dirt, this 7.6 mile race up the auto road climbs 4600’ to finish on the rocky summit of the highest… Read more »

Trail racing season continues in Vail, Colorado

News from ATRA corporate member Vail Recreation District. The La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series continues with the Summer Solstice 5K Run/Walk, 10K and Free Kid’s Fun Run this Saturday. (Beaver Creek, Colo.)–The Vail Recreation District’s 2015 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series continues this week with the La Sportiva Summer Solstice Trail Run… Read more »

Pikes Peak: 60 Years of Miles and Smiles

The following article originally appeared in ATRA’s Summer 2015 Newsletter. By Shannon Payne (3rd place at the 2014 Pikes Peak Ascent & WMRA Long Distance Mountain Running Championships). One of Colorado’s — arguably mountain running’s — most iconic races turns 60 this year. The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon, beloved amongst vertically-inclined mountain runners and a… Read more »

Pregnancy and Trail Running

The following article originally appeared in ATRA’s Summer 2015 Newsletter. by Amber Reece-Young (pictured above at the 2011 NACAC Mountain Running Championships in Ajijic, Mexico). Who says you can’t keep running when you are pregnant? Well, your doctor might so it is always wise to get medical clearance first. If your OB-GYN okays it, then… Read more »

Nike Trail Running to sponsor USA Mountain Running Championships

Above photo: Men’s start at the 2013 USA Mountain Running Championships, North Conway, New Hampshire. Longtime USA Track & Field partner Nike has expanded its support for trail running by becoming the first-ever title sponsor for a MUT (Mountain, Ultra, Trail) national championship. Just 18 months after forming its elite team, Nike Trail Running will… Read more »

Mara Olson & Joseph Gray win CRA Trail Champs

June 13, 2015 – Indianapolis, IN – Mara Olson (Butler University) and Joseph Gray (Calvary Bible College – pictured above) were victorious in the first-ever Collegiate Running Association Trail Championships (¼ Marathon – 10.55k) held this morning in Indianapolis, Indiana. The race, held as part of the Indiana Urban Wilderness Run, was the first public… Read more »

Everest Marathon Essay Contest

[Editors note:] This essay contest presented by ATRA and One World Trekking was held prior to the recent earthquakes in Nepal. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the quake and we look forward to a successful 2016 Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon. By Molly Mikita. It is difficult for me to put into… Read more »

Ultra Legend Scott Jurek Attempts AT Record

Press Release from Justin McCarthy, Shuffle Communications – Scott is currently on the trail……. Boulder, Colorado — Scott Jurek, ultra-marathon running legend, 24 hour American record holder (165.7 miles or 61⁄2 marathons in one day!), NY Times best-selling author listed by Runner’s World Magazine as one of the greatest runners of all-time, is attempting to… Read more »

Icespike for traction 365 days a year

Winter may be over but ATRA corporate member Icespike has four tips for using their product year round.  You can never have too much traction! 1. Trail Runners: Trail shoes with the fancy treads are nothing but mud collectors. Your shoes will weigh as much as you do by the end of your run. Icespike eliminates… Read more »

Strong US Team headed to IAU Trail World Champs

Article by ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs. Team USA will be among the 39 countries to be represented at the IAU Trail World Championships on Saturday, May 30, in Annecy-le-Vieux, France. The start and finish for the 86-kilometer trail race will be at Plage d’Albigny. The course will include 5,300 meters of total climbing and… Read more »

Get a FREE “trail” with Runner’s World magazine

Get even more trail running with Runner’s World magazine! Our friends at Runner’s World have another special offer for fans & followers of the American Trail Running Association.  Get 11 issues for only $20 (US residents only) and get the special Trail edition FREE!  Click here to get this special offer. Did you know that… Read more »

Team USA announced for NACAC Mountain Champs

Athletes from four states and ranging in age from 20 to 44 will represent Team USA at the 12th North American, Central American & Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships.  The 2015 NACAC Mountain Running Championships, sanctioned by the World Mountain Running Association, will take place at Cypress Mountain, located just north of Vancouver, BC, Canada, on… Read more »

AlterG treadmill for trail runners

As trail runners we all know that running on dirt creates less impact than running on pavement. What if you could run with less impact force than a soft, buffed out, pine needle covered single-track trail? With an AlterG anti-gravity treadmill you can! The AlterG uses an inflatable enclosure built into the treadmill to un-weight… Read more »

Team USA for Long Distance Mountain Running Champs

Team USA for Long Distance Mountain Running Champs Announced. The 2015 WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships will be hosted by the Zermatt Marathon on July 4, 2015 run in the shadow of Switzerland’s Matterhorn. The U.S. Long Distance Mountain Running Team consists of 5 women and 5 men with the top 3 men… Read more »

Trail Butter launches Team USA flavor

Portland, Oregon based Trail Butter & Flora Health  have created a new “red, white & blue” flavor to help raise money for US athletes competing in the IAU Trail World Championships in Annecy, France. Scheduled for Saturday, May 30, the 86-kilometer trail race will include 5,300 meters of total climbing and will test the competitors’… Read more »

Mother’s Day Event in Colorado Springs

Join us for a Mother’s Day event in Colorado Springs, CO.  Mountain Chalet & the American Trail Running Association present “Focus on Women: TRAIL RUNNING — the TOP 10 TIPS” on Thursday May 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon St., Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. We’re celebrating Moms, Daughters, Sisters, Aunts,… Read more »

Pikes Peak Marathon gets a new logo

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. – The story that led to the Pikes Peak Marathon’s new logo began with the mountain itself, the magical sky scraping peak that marks the end of the Great Plains and the beginning of the Rocky Mountains. It includes a history of mining, auto racing, climbing, and the personal experiences of thousands of… Read more »

ATRA Partners with Champion System

ATRA Partners with Champion System Trail runners nationwide will be opening their wallets in anticipation for the exciting new partnership between The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) and Champion System. The details of the agreement were recently finalized when the two parties agreed to create a custom apparel E-Store made exclusively by the technical apparel… Read more »

Collegiate Running Association announces Trail Championships

Press release from ATRA partner Collegiate Running Association (CRA).  April 15, 2015 – Indianapolis, IN – The Collegiate Running Association is proud to announce their first National Championship event in Trail Running, set for Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Quarter Marathon (10.55K) Championships will be held as part of the inaugural Indiana… Read more »

Vasque Sponsors Ultrarunner Krissy Moehl

Press release from ATRA corporate member Vasque. Vasque performance footwear, a brand with a long history of helping runners get out on the trail, proudly announces its partnership with ultrarunner, race director and all-around goodwill ambassador for the trail running community, Krissy Moehl. As part of the ambassadorship, Moehl will be testing new products and… Read more »