Posts By: Richard Bolt

Desert Runners – Inspiring Journey through World’s Toughest Terrains

Hey trail runners! Here’s a new film called Desert Runners that follows a group of athletes as they complete RacingthePlanet’s Four Deserts Grand Slam, the most difficult desert ultra-marathon series on Earth. The runners trek across four 250km ultra-marathons in the world’s driest (Atacama Desert in Chile), windiest (Gobi Desert in China), hottest (Sahara Desert… Read more »

Max King’s Running Tip of the Month

The following article was written by Max King and originally printed in The Footzone Bend’s May e-mail newsletter.  Reprinted with permission from The Footzone Bend and +Max King.  Time to go for a hike, that’s right, a power hike. Racing up at 16,000ft this last weekend reminded me that I need to hike more. I know… Read more »

Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race lottery field is full.

From our friends at the Mt. Washington Road Race Eric Blake & Tommy Manning at the 2012 MWRR Pinkham Notch, N.H. – April 28, 2014 Defending champions +Eric Blake of Connecticut and Laura Haefeli of Colorado will lead some 1,300 runners to the starting line of the 54th Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race on Saturday, June… Read more »

ATRA Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet

Colorado Springs, CO — The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1,200 member companies in 48 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes. ATRA is now eligible to receive donations from 1% for the Planet member companies, placing them among… Read more »

Max King’s Running Tip of the Month

The following article was written by Max King and originally printed in The Footzone Bend’s April e-mail newsletter.  Reprinted with permission from The Footzone Bend and Max King. Someone once said “To run fast…you must run fast.” Wise words by any standard but also very true. As race season approaches, the same 5 mile loop… Read more »

Where to run. Brazos Bend State Park, TX

This article first appeared in the March 2014 ATRA Newsletter. By Rob Goyen Hidden from the hustle, bustle and concrete and located just 28 miles southwest of Houston, lies Brazos Bend State Park. The park will host two ultramarathons this year put on by Brazos Bend Trail Races (www.brazosbendtrailraces.com) on April 26 and December 13-14…. Read more »

Strength Training: Plank vs Pushups

This article was by Stephen R. Santagelo and first appeared in the March 2014 edition of the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Times Newsletter. Plank vs Pushups: which one is right for you? The most popular “core” exercise is the plank and the most popular bodyweight exercise is the push up. So – Plank… Read more »

Snowshoe Nationals in the Green Mountain State

This article originally appeared in the March 2014 ATRA Newsletter. By Laura Clark   While the Olympics is exciting, inspiring and fun to watch on TV, it is just that…watching.  If you are like me, I would really rather be participating than sitting on the sidelines.  And while our local Dion Snowshoe Series events do just… Read more »

A Flatlander’s Training Tips for Altitude

This story originally appears in the March 2014 ATRA Newsletter. By Herb Kieklak This article is for all of us flatlanders who live at sea level or “nearabouts,” but aspire to run “at altitude.” If you live in Colorado or other big mountain places, this will only make you laugh, as y’all just have to… Read more »

7th ANNUAL VAIL MOUNTAIN WINTER UPHILL COMPETITION

(Vail, Colo) — The 7th Annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill competition will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 on Vail Mountain. The race will begin at 7 a.m. in Lionshead, adjacent to the Eagle Bahn Gondola, and take runners, skiers, snowshoers and outdoor enthusiasts approximately 2,000 vertical feet, or two miles, up the groomed trails to Eagle’s Nest at the… Read more »

ATRA Announces Partnership Renewal with Ortholite

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is pleased to announce that OrthoLite renewed their partnership on December 18, 2013, and will continue to be known as the official insole of ATRA. OrthoLite has been a major supporter of ATRA for nearly a decade, the most of which has been as an official partner. “OrthoLite is… Read more »

Trail Runner Recipe: by Michael James

The following recipe originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ATRA Trail Times email newsletter: Ingredients: 3 c. organicgirl Super Greens ¼ c. finely shredded coconut ½ tsp. cinnamon ¼ c. soaked quinoa ½ c. roasted and salted sunflower seeds ½ c. dated (pitted) ¼ c. lemon zest Mix all ingredients until finely chopped. Take 1… Read more »

Flagstaff Endurance Runs

The following article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ATRA Trail Times email newsletter: by Herb Kieklak The Endurance Runs in Flagstaff, AZ, are spectacular – true treasures in the world of trail running. Held in mid-September, the events — 50 kilometer and 50 miles — combine high altitude, gorgeous scenery, and very… Read more »

Runner Up: Going Alternative at Mt. Greylock

The following article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ATRA Trail Times email newsletter: by Laura Clark As the oldest continuously active uphill mountain road race in the United States, Mount Washington has attained superstar status, ranking it right up there with the Boston Marathon and Western States.  But, there is a downside to… Read more »

Rest and Restoration for Better Performance

The following article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ATRA Trail Times email newsletter: By Stephen R. Santangelo There are many training modalities based on sports science which are available for endurance athletes. Your age and level of fitness determines where on the scale from novice to elite you fall. Too often, running… Read more »

Inaugural US Skyrunning Series Announced

From Ian Sharman – Director, US Skyrunning Series: Inaugural US Skyrunning Series 2014 Less Cloud. More Sky. San Francisco, CA (December 10th, 2013) – Fourteen quality races, three disciplines, the same winning formula. The inaugural 2014 US Skyrunning Series is the natural expansion of the international Skyrunning events that have captured the imagination of runners… Read more »

The Polish Economic Forum interviews Nancy Hobbs

In advance of this September’s World Mountain Running Championships in Poland, ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs answered questions from the Polish Economic Forum. Nancy Hobbs, Marco De Gasperi and Paul Kirsch How many people run in the mountains In the USA? Is it a popular sport?In the United States, mountain running and trail running are often… Read more »

4th IAU Trail World Championships this weekend in Wales.

From the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU): The 4th edition of the IAU Trail World Championships take place on July 6th in Llanrwst, North Wales, Great Britain. Both male and female trail world champions Erik Clavery (FRA) and Maud Gobert (FRA) will be in attendance in North Wales to defend their titles. The International Association… Read more »

New Pikes Peak High-Altitude Mile set for August 13th

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. – With a rust-colored cap of granite boulders, a hard-blue sky overhead, and precious little air to breathe, the summit of Pikes Peak is like an alien environment. Tim Bergsten & Nancy Hobbs (photo by Tim Bergsten) An elite field of runners will make this discovery at the inaugural Pikes Peak High-Altitude… Read more »

Industry experts come together for inaugural trail running conference

The panel discussions for the inaugural trail running conference, the Estes Trail Ascent, wrapped up Friday, June 21, in Estes Park, Colorado. The three-day conference, which started on Thursday, June 20, culminated in a 5.9-mile trail race on Saturday, June 22, featured speakers from footwear and hydration company manufacturers, as well as elite-level competitors, race… Read more »