Posts By: Richard Bolt

Core vs Trunk for Trail Runners

Written by ATRA member Stephen R. Santangelo I prefer to make reference to the body’s mid-section as the “trunk,” rather than the fitness industry’s buzz word of choice — “core.” The drawback to mid-section training, regardless of what word one chooses as the descriptor, is the focus on the same useless exercises such as crunches,… Read more »

Jarryd Dunn dominates the Oystercatcher Trail Race

Press release from ATRA corporate member TriSport SA (South Africa). The Oystercatcher hiking trail is famous for being one of the best in the world, with the BBC rating it as one of the “30 unforgettable hikes to do before you die.” Not only is TriSport’s Oystercatcher Trail Run a physically enjoyable event but the… Read more »

Strong runners set to compete for national titles at Tussey Mountainback

Press release written by Mike Casper, Race Director, Tussey Mountainback.  Photo above from bouncingsoles.com.  Tussey Mountainback meets ATRA’s event standards.  STATE COLLEGE, PA — David Roche and Megan Roche, aka “the first couple of trail running,” will try to make their marks on the roads of Rothrock State Forest on Oct. 8 at the 18th annual edition… Read more »

Are You a California Trail Warrior?

Press release from ATRA corporate member Race SLO. Inaugural Warrior Trail Run Adventure race launches the #CaliforniaWarrior campaign for people to share their personal inspiring stories; register today to be part of a one-of-a-kind “California Warrior” off-road experience at Camp San Luis Obispo on March 23-24, 2018. SAN LUIS OBISPO, California – The inaugural Warrior… Read more »

2018 North American Continental Snowshoe Championships to be held in Saranac, NY

Press release written by Mark Elmore. Corinth, NY: The United States Snowshoe Association is pleased to announce that the World Snowshoe Federation (WSSF) recently awarded their 2018 North American Continental Snowshoe Championships event to 2017 US National Snowshoe Team member Jeremy Drowne and his Cock-A-Doodle-Shoe Snowshoe Race in Saranac, NY. The WSSF Continental Snowshoe Championships… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference Q&A with Race Director Samantha Pruitt

This post was originally published at USTrailRunningConference.com and is reprinted with permission. Samantha Pruitt is the Founder & CEO of ATRA member Race SLO, an ultra running athlete and lover of human bad-assery. Samantha spoke with US Trail Running Conference Director Terry Chiplin.  Terry: Race SLO has been around since 2008. How long have you… Read more »

ATRA member Endurance Race Series is headed to San Diego

Press release from ATRA member The Endurance Race Series. The ERS is excited to officially announce the addition of a new “Winter” trail running series located in San Diego, CA. The new trail series is called the “Sunshine Series”, and will see a total of 5 events on the schedule from September 2017- March 2018…. Read more »

Under Armour’s inaugural Mountain Running Series wrapped up in Colorado over the weekend

Reprinted with permission from ATRA corporate member Under Armour. Writer: Carly Terwilliger. Photos courtesy of Myke Hermsmeyer. Under Armour’s inaugural Mountain Running series wrapped up in Copper Mountain this weekend. The road to the Rockies ran through a kickoff event in Mt. Bachelor, OR and also wound through the Appalachians in Killington, VT. The newly… Read more »

ATRA announces partnership with life insurance provider Health IQ

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is pleased to announce that its members can benefit from special rate life insurance for runners, from our official partner Health IQ. Health IQ works with innovative insurance carriers to offer runners special rates on life insurance. As a licensed insurance agency in all 50 states, Health IQ has… Read more »

Van der Groen and Van Ornum Win 50 Mile races at SLO Ultra presented by VisitAvilaBeach.com

Press release by ATRA corporate member Race SLO. Second edition hosted by HomeFed and PG&E drew more than 1,000 runners and featured four challenging trail run courses – 50 mile ultra, marathon, half-marathon and 5 mile – at pristine, private Wild Cherry Canyon in Avila Beach; post-event Race SLO Dirt Festival celebrated with live bluegrass… Read more »

US Masters Mountain Runners take on the World Championships

Written by ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs. The World Mountain Running Association, in partnership with the World Masters Athletics, annually oversees a world championship event in the sport for athletes ages 35 to 79. This year’s 17th WMRA/WMA Masters Mountain Running Championships held in Pruske, Slovak Republic, on Saturday, September 2, and there was truly… Read more »

On the Quest for Trail Running Success in Namaqualand with TriSport

Press release from ATRA corporate member TriSport SA.  The Namaqua Quest 3 Day Trail Running Stage Race, organized by TriSport SA in partnership with WildTrail SA, takes place every year during Namaqualand’s colourful flower season. This year, however, due to the crippling drought, not many flowers were visible but that did not deter athletes from… Read more »

2018 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships – Team USA Selection Standards

Written by USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail (MUT) Running Executive Committee members Richard Bolt, Nancy Hobbs and Jason Bryant and approved by the MUT Council. The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships is regulated by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) under the patronage of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The U.S. Long… Read more »

Silver Medal Winning Team USA shares experiences from the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

Written by Nancy Hobbs, Treasurer, World Mountain Running Association. Photos by Richard Bolt, USA Team Leader. Editors Note: This article was updated on October 20, 2017 to show Francisco Puppi (Italy) as the winner of the men’s race after Petro Mamu was disqualified for a doping violation.  Following the US silver medal day – two… Read more »

Silver Times Three for Team USA

Written by Nancy Hobbs, Treasurer, World Mountain Running Association. Photos by Richard Bolt, USA Team Leader. Editors Note: The Team USA men’s results in this article have been updated following the disqualification of Petro Mamu for a doping violation.  Team USA secured two team silver medals, an individual silver and individual bronze at this year’s… Read more »

Team USA shares experiences from the World Mountain Running Championships

Written by Nancy Hobbs, USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council Chairperson. Following the US haul of five medals – three bronze, one silver, and a gold – from yesterday’s competition at the 33rd World Mountain Running Championships, the athletes reflect on the course and the experience. Junior Competition: Distance – 6.5 kilometers with 1800+- feet of… Read more »