Posts By: Richard Bolt

Featured Trail Town – Liberty Lake, Washington

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. Every month we will feature an article about a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature Liberty Lake, Washington, population 8,600. TRAIL TOWN: From white sandy beaches to the vibrant greenery of… Read more »

Team USA announced for NACAC Mountain Running Championships

Six elite US mountain runners representing five states and ranging in age from 16 to 37, will represent Team USA at the 14th North American, Central American & Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships this fall. The 2017 NACAC Mountain Running Championships, sanctioned by the World Mountain Running Association, will take place in Golden, BC, Canada,… Read more »

Book Review: The Trail Runner’s Companion

Book review written by Laura Clark for our Summer 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. The Trail Runner’s Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, 5Ks to Ultras, by Sarah Lavender Smith. Falcon, 2017. The first thing I do when I approach a book is admire the jacket, glance at the table of contents and… Read more »

Where Buffalo Roam and Runners Run

Written by Mike Teger for ATRA’s Summer 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. Mike lives and runs on the trails near his home in Colorado Springs. An ATRA member, Mike was the – in his words, “lucky recipient” – of a race entry provided by Spectrum Sports Management to ATRA for its monthly e-newsletter giveaway. I have… Read more »

U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team Selected To Compete In Italy At World Championships

Written by U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team Manager Paul Kirsch. With a record number of applicants, USATF’s Mountain Ultra Trail executive committee has selected some of the nation’s top junior cross country, track, mountain and trail runners to compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy on July 30. Junior athletes, ranging in age… Read more »

16th European Mountain Running Championships Event Preview

Written by WMRA Council Member Tomo Šarf for the local organizing committee (LOC). On Saturday, 8 July the best European mountain runners will test their strength in Kamnik/Slovenia at the 16th annual European Mountain Running Championships. A record number of 240 runners from 27 countries will compete this prestigious competition with the finish on 1660m… Read more »

ITRA Responds to U.S. Ultra-Trail Race Directors’ Open Letter About UTMB Qualifying

[Editors Note] The following press release is from the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) in response to an open letter from nine U.S. ultra-trail race directors published on ultrarunning.com and trailrunningmag.com. We are publishing ITRA’s response in the interest of promoting an open discussion about the role of organizations like ITRA in the U.S. trail… Read more »

2017 STYR Labs Badwater 135 – The World’s Toughest Foot Race Celebrates 40 Years

Press release from ATRA corporate member AdventureCORPS, Inc. On July 10-12, AdventureCORPS presents its legendary STYR Labs BADWATER® 135. Now in its 40th year, the world-renowned event pits up to 100 of the world’s toughest athletes against one another and the elements. In scorching temperatures and at altitudes as high as 8,360 feet (2548m), runners,… Read more »

International Trail Running Association elects new Steering Committee

ATRA Director of Marketing Richard Bolt has been elected to this new ITRA steering committee.  Richard is also the United States delegate to the World Mountain Running Association’s annual Congress Meeting and a long-time member of USA Track & Field’s Mountain, Ultra & Trail (MUT) Council.   Following the adoption of the new International Trail… Read more »

Colorado Runners Gray and Payne Dominate 57th Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race

Press release written by Paul Kirsch, Mount Washington Road Race.  Photos by Joe Viger Photography. Joe Gray gets fourth straight title while Shannon Payne gets her second win at Mount Washington. PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – Shannon Payne (pictured above) has special memories of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race. After winning it in… Read more »

The CamelBak Pursuit Series Opens A New World For Curious Adventurers

Press release from ATRA corporate member Camelbak.  Camelbak also sponsors our ATRA Trail Ambassador program. It’s an awe-inspiring world out there, with life-enhancing moments to experience and to learn from, and the CamelBak Pursuit Series arrives in 2017 to invite urbanites back into the outdoors and to reconnect with nature. Placing boundless opportunities into the… Read more »

Barr Trail Mountain Race to Award More Prize Money to Women

Written by Peter Maksimow. Barr Trail Mountain Race is a member of the American Trail Running Association. Women who finish on the podium at the Barr Trail Mountain Race this summer can expect to win 20 percent more than their male counterparts. The prize amounts have been increased to $420, $300, and $180 for the… Read more »

57th Mount Washington Road Race Preview

Press release from the Mount Washington Road Race. Mount Washington has been the USATF Mountain Running Championships in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. Joe Gray, Brandy Erholtz, Eric Blake and Sage Canaday are all past members of the US Mountain Running Team. 7.6 miles, 4600′ of ascent and only one hill! Joe Gray Looks… Read more »

American Men Win Bronze at the IAU Trail World Championship

Written by US team leaders Jason Bryant and Richard Bolt. Photo above by iRunFar. Photos below by Richard Bolt. After last year’s medal drought, the men’s US Ultra Trail Team fought a close battle with Italy to win a bronze medal. Scoring team members Mario Mendoza, Cody Reed and Andy Wacker finished with a total… Read more »

Bracy and Gray defend titles at the USATF Mountain Running Championships

Written by USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council Chairperson Nancy Hobbs. Photos by USATF Championship Liaison Richard Bolt.  Nancy and Richard also work for the American Trail Running Association.  The largest field in the 31-year history of the Cranmore Mountain Race enjoyed temperatures in the mid-50s under cloudy skies at the Cranmore Mountain Resort,… Read more »