Posts By: Richard Bolt

Spring 2018 Trail Running Survey Results

Each spring, the American Trail Running Association conducts a survey to measure trail running trends from our national audience. This year we had a record 2300 responses, nearly triple that of the 2017 survey. Complete survey results are made available to corporate members at the Switchback, Steep & Rocky and All-terrain levels. The following selected outtakes… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Taos Ski Valley

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. These articles feature a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico with a population of 78 full time residents. TRAIL TOWN Taos Ski Valley is a… Read more »

U.S. men’s team takes silver; Joseph Gray wins bronze at the 15th Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

On a range of mountains along the Polish / Czech Republic border, Śnieżka peak rises 5259 feet above sea level and would be twice climbed by America’s top off-road runners at the 15th Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. Race morning saw the mountain shrouded in gray clouds, wind and rain with temperatures in the 30s… Read more »

2018/19 World Championships & Opportunities for Elite U.S. Mountain, Trail & Sky Runners

There are several international sport governing organizations which organize World Championship and similar competitions in mountain running, trail running and sky running. The following is a list of those competitions, who organizes them and how American athletes can qualify. There are competitions for athletes ranging in ages from 14 to 79 years old; many require… Read more »

Pikes Peak Marathon to implement drug testing at 2018 races

Press release from ATRA member Pikes Peak Marathon Inc.  EDITORS NOTE: Any Lab Test Now and their testing partner, Quest Diagnostics, are not certified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).  Test results from Pike Peak, including those deemed to be “positive,” can’t be recognized by USADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), USA Track & Field… Read more »

US Team Selection Criteria for 2019 Trail World Championships

Written by USATF Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Running Executive Committee members Richard Bolt, Nancy Hobbs, Alex Varner and Jason Bryant and approved by the MUT Executive Committee. The Trail World Championship is regulated by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) under the patronage of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and with their technical… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – Overcoming Injuries With A Positive Mental Attitude

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. As an 18 year old, Tayte finished 3rd at the 2015 USATF Trail Marathon Championships (pictured above) and won the 2017 52k Broken Arrow Skyrace. I’ve been dealing with some chronic Achilles issues and this… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – add adventure to your trail runs

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running.  Tayte finished 3rd at the 2017  World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships and was a member of the junior US Mountain Running Team at the 2015 World Mountain Running Championships (#461 pictured above). Tuesday Trail Tip… Read more »

Top U.S. trail running athletes are prepped & ready for a tough Trail World Championship course

Eleven of the top American ultra-trail runners have arrived in Benicàssim, Spain for this Saturday’s 85 km Trail World Championship race. Along with athletes from over 50 countries, the Americans have settled into Hotel Intur Orange just blocks away from long sandy Mediterranean beaches. The beaches may beckon, but first the athletes must tackle the… Read more »

Sundog Running Official Coaching Partners of the 2018 SLO Ultra

Press release from ATRA corporate member SLO Ultra.  Race SLO is also co-hosting the 2018 US Trail Running Conference coming up August 29 to 31. Race SLO Professional Trail Running Ambassadors Emily & Ian Torrence offer training plans and plan to attend the 2018 SLO Ultra Race this Fall. Emily Harrison Torrence and Ian Torrence,… Read more »

Mountain runners applaud addition of anti-doping tests at Mount Washington

Press release from the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race. The Mt. Washington Auto Road management and the organizers of the annual Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race have announced that they will institute testing for performance-enhancing drug use, beginning with this year’s race. The men’s and women’s overall winners, along with other… Read more »

Young athletes assembled for 2018 Youth Skyrunning World Championships

Guest post written by US Youth Skyrunning Team Leader Ryan Kerrigan. The following athletes and coaches will represent the United States at the 2018 Youth Skyrunning World Championships. Tanson Chan – Millbrae, California “I am really grateful and excited for this opportunity to represent our country and meet like-minded youth who are just as passionate… Read more »