Posts By: Richard Bolt

Damian Hall “Plogs” His Way to a 268-mile Pennine Way Record

Damian Hall

Top ultramarathon runner Damian Hall has set a new record time for the 268-mile Pennine Way – while also “plogging” (e.g. cleaning the trail of litter) at the same time. The 44-year-old inov-8 ambassador completed the iconic route from Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders to Edale, Derbyshire, which includes a section along Hadrian’s Wall,… Read more »

New Selection Criteria for 2020 USATF Mountain Running Team

USATF Mountain Running

[Editors UPDATE September 6, 2020 – The World Mountain Running Championships have been cancelled. The USATF MUT Council will not name a team in 2020. Selection criteria for the 2021 World Mountain Running Championships will be announced in December.] The following is the updated selection criteria for the 2020 USATF Mountain Running Team scheduled to… Read more »

Graphene-Grip Pioneer inov-8 Launches New TERRAULTRA G 270


Press release from American Trail Running Association member inov-8. Photos courtesy of inov-8. THE BEST ULTRAMARATHON SHOE JUST GOT EVEN BETTER inov-8 will take the sport of ultramarathon running by storm this summer with an evolution of its award-winning TERRAULTRA shoe. Featuring an improvement in its pioneering use of Graphene-Grip and a new plush cushioning… Read more »

NorCal’s Urban Coyote Racing Hitting the Pause Button

Urban Coyote Racing

Message from race director Phil Oreste. Urban Coyote Racing is an American Trail Running Association member and organizes trail races in the San Francisco Bay Area. After discussions with the various park services and municipalities and due to the current conditions with the COVID-19 pandemic, Urban Coyote Racing are suspending registrations for all of our… Read more »

ATRA Member ElliptiGO to Organize Record-Setting Event

ATRA member ElliptiGO

Insert yourself in the photo above! ATRA member ElliptiGO plans to organize 1000 riders from around the world to make history by riding in the Bike for Humanity II charity ride on July 25th. Participation in this virtual event is free and participants can ride anywhere, at any time, for any distance that day. This will… Read more »

Golden Trail Series Announces Changes to Championship Qualification

Golden Trail Series

Announcement from long-time American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member Salomon Running. Photos courtesy of the Golden Trail Series. As the current worldwide health situation continues to evolve in response to the coronavirus pandemic, trail running races are slowly re-starting in many countries. This gives the Golden Trail Series (GTS) a glimmer of hope that the… Read more »

Chaski Launches Virtual Camp for Trail Runners

Virtual Camp Chaski

Camp Chaski is an online, virtual, week-long running camp starting July 6th built for the current COVID-19 inducted limitations of 2020 by runners, for mountain/ultra/trail runners of all levels. Over the course of this week, runners will learn from some of the most accomplished runners in the sport, partake in structured runs as well as… Read more »

Semi Final Voting for WMRA’s Greatest Race Of All Time is Open

Greatest Race Smarna Gora

While the majority of races have been cancelled, the World Mountain Running Association has been trying to keep great mountain running content coming to its community. First they took a look at the greatest of all time (GOAT) mountain runners and now they’re looking at the greatest of all time mountain running races – e.g…. Read more »

US Trail Running Conference Pivots to Hybrid Format for 2020

US Trail Running Conference

The American Trail Running Association partners with the US Trail Running Conference for the eighth edition taking place in Fayetteville, AR, October 21-24, 2020. Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference has announced that the 2020 event will be a hybrid format, allowing both in-person and virtual attendees and exhibitors. This pivot… Read more »

Greatest Mountain Race of All Time Contest Moves to Quarter Finals

Mountain Race

The World Mountain Running Association’s Greatest Mountain Race of All Time (GROAT) contest has reached the quarter final stage. Eight mountain running races remain; four long distance and four short distance and all extremely special in their own way. New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Road Race made it through the initial round of voting and goes… Read more »

Guidelines for Trail Running Events in the COVID-19 Era

Lake Sonoma 50 Mile

The following guidelines for trail running events in the COVID-19 era were written by the Race Director Alliance, a group of eight experienced event directors responsible for dozens of well known trail races organized in six Western U.S. states. The Race Director Alliance founders are Luis Escobar (All We Do Is Run), ATRA advisory board… Read more »

LEKI and Women Who Hike Team Up to Get More Women Outdoors

LEKI Trail Running Poles

Press release from American Trail Running Association corporate member LEKI USA. To learn more about LEKI poles, read our article Using Poles for a More Efficient Trail Running Experience. LEKI, the leader in skiing, trekking and trail running poles, and Women Who Hike, an organization that empowers women on and off the trail, have announced… Read more »

Colorado Races Added to Skyrunning’s #MYSKYRACE Training & Racing Plan

Launched just last month, the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF) created #MYSKYRACE, a unique new project helping trail runners with their training outdoors and planning a future skyrunning races. This project is based on an exclusive algorithm developed from scientific research studies carried out on skyrunners over the years and has recently been further refined. Forty… Read more »

Trail Runner Q&A: How To Be “Bear Prepared” In The Wilderness

Do you have questions about trail running? Send em our way and we’ll connect you with experts who know the answers. American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member Paul Clark from Idaho asks: “I’m planning a run in Yellowstone National Park which is known to be a Grizzly bear habitat. Is there a trail running friendly… Read more »