Posts By: Richard Bolt

National Snowshoe Championships Kick-off Today in Leadville, Colorado

The 20th annual Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships weekend starts today at 10,151 feet above sea level in “Trail Town” Leadville, Colorado. This will be the second time this national championship has come to Colorado, Frisco hosted in 2012, and the first time it’s been contested at elevations above 10,000 feet. Long a popular… Read more »

Italian Mountain Race Course Under Threat from Forest Fires

Editors Note: In 2017 forest fires burned large areas in the mountains above Susa, Italy and threatened the historic Challenge Stellina race course. In recent years several major U.S. trail races have been threatened or cancelled due to forest fires. Are you concerned about how climate change is affecting our sport? Consider supporting the work… Read more »

CamelBak® Bolsters 2020 Running Team Roster with Three New Additions

Press release from CamelBak. Dave Mackey (pictured above right) is a member of the American Trail Running Association advisory board. CamelBak was the presenting sponsor of our Trail Ambassador program. PETALUMA, California – CamelBak®, the global leader in award-winning personal hydration products, today announces the expansion of its running team athlete roster for 2020. Focused… Read more »

Spartan Partners with Global Trail Running Events to Create Spartan Trail World Championship

Press release from American Trail Running Association member Spartan Trail. Headlines: Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas to Host Trail Running Events from 21k to 100k; $270,000 Prize Purse up for Grabs; Spartan Appoints Patagonia Run CEO Mariano Alvarez as Spartan Trail CEO. Spartan, the world’s largest endurance brand, has partnered with established trail running… Read more »

Michael Wardian going for 29-year-old course record at Catalina Island Marathon

Press release from American Trail Running Association member Spectrum Sports Management. Renowned record-breaking marathoner and ultra-marathoner and NATHAN sports athlete Michael Wardian will run in the Catalina Island Marathon on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Avalon, CA. Wardian will look to add to an impressive running resume, which includes world records for the fastest time… Read more »

Trofeo Nasego Mountain Races Celebrate Industry, Environment and Tradition in Italy’s Alpine Region

Press release from Corsa in Montagna. Photos by Trofeo Nasego. Garda Lake a few kilometers away, on one side Valtrompia famous for steel and ironworks, on the other Valsabbia with its metal foundries. In the middle the Savallese with Casto and its hamlets, 1700 inhabitants and a record: the first municipality of Italy completely self-sufficient… Read more »

2020 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships – US Team Selection

Written by USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Running Executive Committee members Richard Bolt, Nancy Hobbs and Jason Bryant. Approved by the MUT Executive Committee for publication on January 15, 2020. The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships is regulated by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) under the patronage of World Athletics…. Read more »

Greg Cummings Sets Manitou Incline Record

On January 11, 2020, Colorado resident Greg Cummings set a record for the most number of Manitou Incline ascents in a single year. Greg climbed the 2011 vertical feet Incline 1825 times in 365 days for a total of 3.6 million vertical feet in a single year. The Manitou Incline is a one mile long… Read more »

2020 NACAC Mountain Running Championships – Team USA Selection

[UPDATED May 13, 2020 – The 17th annual North American, Central American & Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships has been cancelled. Announcement HERE] For the 2020 NACAC Mountain Running Championships, the following Team USATF selection criteria was approved by USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) executive committee on January 14, 2020. The 17th… Read more »

2020 International U18 Mountain Running Cup – Team USA Selection

EDITORS NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the date of this championship was changed from June to October. This year marks the 15th edition of the World Mountain Running Association’s (WMRA) International U18 Mountain Running Cup. The 2020 race course is an up/downhill circuit approximately 5 km in length with 207 meters of ascent and… Read more »

ATRA member Leslie Jordan unveils new logo for 2020

Press release from American Trail Running Association corporate member Leslie Jordan, Inc., provider of cutting-edge products, exceptional customer service, and a renewed focus on eco-friendly options for trail running events. Leslie Jordan is also a preferred supplier for our Event Standards Program. The longtime leader in providing high-quality performance and lifestyle gear for endurance events,… Read more »

RunRepeat Publishes The State of Ultra Running 2020

This study was conducted by RunRepeat and the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) and originally published on RunRepeat.com. The results are republished here with their permission. In this study, RunRepeat.com explores trends in ultra running over the last 23 years. They have analyzed 5,010,730 results from 15,451 ultra running events, making this the largest study… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Port Angeles, Washington

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. A hidden gem in Northwest Washington that you should put on your trail destination bucket list is Port Angeles, Washington, population 20,000. Submitted by Peninsula Adventure Sports with support from Lorrie Mittmann, race director for the GOAT Run (Great Olympic Adventure Trail Run) in… Read more »

UTMB Management Takes Control of Ultra Trail World Tour: Uncertain Future for the Series

Guest post By Sergio Mayayo, editor of Spanish language mountain/trail running website carrerasdemontana.com (English version at trailrunningspain.com). Sergio is also a World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) council member along with ATRA executive director Nancy Hobbs. Above photo by @galitophotografia. As the year comes to and, we look into the future and put forward our best… Read more »

Tailwind Nutrition Joins #RagnarNation as Official Sponsor for Ragnar Relay in 2020

Press release from American Trail Running Association members Tailwind Nutrition and Ragnar Relay. Colorado-based nutrition company encourages runners of all abilities to set new goals and embrace new challenges Durango, CO – Tailwind Nutrition is proud to announce its 2020 partnership with Ragnar Relay, the largest running relay series in the world. Together they hope… Read more »

Kevin Setnes Inducted into American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame

Press release from the American Ultrarunning Association (AUA). In 2002 Kevin published an article about the benefits of hill running in our Trail Times newsletter. Photo above: Kevin on his way to 3rd place at the 2000 USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships. Kevin Setnes began his running career at Bloom Township High School in Illinois,… Read more »