Posts By: Richard Bolt

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 »

USATF Releases Return to Training and Event Hosting Guidelines

Announcement from USA Track & Field (USATF). Our executive director Nancy Hobbs is chair of the USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail (MUT) Council. [Editor’s Note: the USATF Event Hosting Guidelines will apply to mountain, ultra or trail running races that have USATF sanctions including the USATF 50 km Trail Championships (Ragged 50K), USATF Mountain Running Championships (Gnar Gnar),… Read more »

Trail runners headline Chaski Challenge Virtual Race for COVID-19 Relief

Announcement from the Chaski Endurance Collective. Team Chaski coaches Ashley Brasovan and Dani Moreno are national trail running champions and past members of the US Mountain & Trail Running Team. Challenge participants Max King, Mario Mendoza, Michael Wardian and Renee Metivier are past members of the US Mountain & Trail Running Team. ‘Chaski Challenge’ Offers… Read more »

Update on Athlete Selection for 2020 U.S. Mountain Running Teams

Written by USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Council members Nancy Hobbs, Richard Bolt and Jason Bryant. For questions please contact U.S. Mountain Running Team staff members Richard Bolt and Jason Bryant. [September 6 UPDATE: The 2020 World Mountain Running Championships have been cancelled. The USATF MUT Council will not name a team in 2020. Selection criteria for the… Read more »

A Super Big Thank You to (AWESOME) ATRA and Tejas Trails!

A (free!) race report written by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member David Reed. Texas based Tejas Trails is an ATRA corporate member. ATRA should be renamed to A-ATRA or Awesome – American Trail Running Association. Why? Because they are simply AWESOME. They give away free race entries to their members!! How AWESOME is that?… Read more »

World Mountain Running Champion Grayson Murphy Joins ATRA Member BOA’s Pioneer Program

Championship

Press release from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) corporate member BOA® Technology. Saucony is also an ATRA corporate member. BOA Strengthens athlete Pioneer Program, Re-signs Trail runners Dominic and Katie Grossman, Adds Grayson Murphy to Roster. DENVER, CO. – BOA® Technology announces renewed contracts and athlete additions to its Pioneer Program for the 20-21 season…. Read more »

WMRA Names Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) Men of Mountain Running

Written by Kristy Reade for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Republished here with permission. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is the treasurer of the World Mountain Running Association. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been taking a look back at some of the “greatest of all time” athletes in mountain running. We’re going to… Read more »

WMRA Names Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) Women of Mountain Running

Written by Kristy Reade for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Republished here with permission. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is the treasurer of the World Mountain Running Association. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been taking a look back at some of the “greatest of all time” athletes in mountain running. We’re going to… Read more »

Origin Stories of Top American Trail Runners – Part 2

Redemption, Wrong Turns, Silver Linings and Cigarettes: How a Few of the Nation’s Top Mountain/Ultra/Trail Runners Found Their Way to the Trails. Written by Shannon Payne. Shannon is a Colorado native trail runner currently residing in Auburn, California. She was a 2-time qualifier for the US Mountain Running Team, 2-time winner of the Mt. Washington… Read more »

Origin Stories of Top American Trail Runners – Part 1

Redemption, Wrong Turns, Silver Linings and Cigarettes: How a Few of the Nation’s Top Mountain/Ultra/Trail Runners Found Their Way to the Trails. Written by Shannon Payne. Shannon is a Colorado native currently residing in Auburn, California. She was a 2-time qualifier for the US Mountain Running Team, 2-time winner of the Mt. Washington Road Race,… Read more »