Posts By: Tayte Pollmann

Middaugh and Surage Win National High School Trail Championships

High School

This past Saturday, the 5th annual National High School Trail Championships (NHSTC) was held in the small mountain town Salida, Colorado. This youth trail running event attracted a new crop of talent and was a successful follow up to last year’s race which had a record number of participants. In addition to hosting more young… Read more »

Zachary Friedley: Adaptive Athletes Ascending To New Heights On Trails

Adaptive Athletes

Zachary Friedley is a true inspiration as he creates opportunities for adaptive athletes in the trail running community. Adaptive athletes, or athletes with physical disabilities who compete in competitive or recreational sports, are an underrepresented group who face challenges participating in trail running races. Friedley, an adaptive athlete born missing his leg above the knee,… Read more »

Western States 100: Alex Nichols Reflects On A Hard Fought Top 10

Alex Nichols

Just a few weeks after “The Big Dance” of American ultra-trail running competitions — The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run — we catch up with top-ten finisher Alex Nichols who reflects on his race experience. Nichols, an accomplished trail runner sponsored by Scott Running, placed second at this event in 2017 and went into the… Read more »

How To Use “Zone Training” With Coach Andrew Simmons

Zone Training

Understanding heart rate “zone training” can help you gauge your efforts and get the most out of your trail running training. Many trail runners may already be familiar with the concept of measuring heart rate during or after runs, but may not know the more complicated science behind what differentiates each heart rate “zone” and… Read more »

Top American Trail Runners Return to GoPro Mountain Games

Mountain Games

The GoPro Mountain Games returns and awards over $25,000 in cash to top U.S. trail runners! After cancelling this popular event last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, this massive four day celebration of mountain sports, art and music held annually in Vail, Colorado, was back this past weekend, with a modified format. Changes included… Read more »

The Pack Burro ASS-ociation Back In Full Swing

Pack Burro

Almost exactly one year ago I interviewed Brad Wann of the Western Pack Burro ASS-ociation (WPBA) to learn how the pack burro community was adapting to the pandemic, pivoting to virtual races and finding creative ways to keep the sport alive. Now, I’m catching up with Wann to see how this historic Colorado heritage sport… Read more »

First-Timer at The ATRA Exclusive Salomon Ultra Glide Demo

Ultra Glide

This past Saturday I attended my first-ever “shoe demo” event organized by ATRA member Salomon to preview its new Ultra Glide trail shoe in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This event provided the rare opportunity for American Trail Running Association followers to test the upcoming Salomon Ultra Glide shoe, set to launch August 1, 2021. Attendees were… Read more »

Inside Salomon Running With Mike Ambrose

Salomon is a leading brand in the trail running industry that has pushed the sport to new heights in recent years. The company sponsors many of the world’s best trail runners, created the Golden Trail Series (which attracts elite athletes around the world to compete in its races), and has an extensive team innovating some… Read more »

Why Trail Runners Should Practice Feldenkrais®

Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais Method® founded by Ukranian-Israeli physicist, Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid-20th century, is a form of exercise therapy that uses awareness of body movements to improve your physical and mental functioning. According to The Feldenkrais Educational Foundational of North America (FEFNA), “The Feldenkrais Method of somatic education uses gentle movement and directed attention to… Read more »

The Ecology of Commerce: A Trail Running Perspective

In 1993, one of the world’s leading voices for the environmental movement and best-selling author, Paul Hawken, wrote The Ecology of Commerce, a book that highlights the problem of the extreme environmental impact caused by modern business practices. “There is no polite way to say that business is destroying the world” (page 3), writes Hawken… Read more »

Behind The La Sportiva Cyklon Development With BOA’s Dan Feeney, Ph.D.

Cyklon

American Trail Running Association member BOA® Technology is continuing to push boundaries in trail running shoe technology with the release of the upcoming La Sportiva Cyklon. This new model, similar to previous BOA-powered trail running shoes, includes the patented fitting technology, the BOA® Fit System, which incorporates “a micro-adjustable dial, super-strong lightweight laces, and low-friction… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Top Five Mountain Outpost Videos

Mountain Outpost

Since 2016, The Mountain Outpost Youtube channel, featuring Schuyler Hall and Jamil Coury, has produced some of the most popular and creative trail running-related videos. Over the years, the channel has published several creatively themed playlists including Mountain Outhouse News, Run Flat, Stay Low, wacky running-related challenges, a weekly live-streamed podcast, and much more. After… Read more »

How to Run Pikes Peak in Summer and Winter

Pikes Peak

One of the best parts of being the designated “Trail Trotter” for the American Trail Running Association is the exciting adventures I find myself partaking in to cover stories of the incredible happenings in the trail running community. Last month, I accompanied and filmed trail runners Alex Nichols and Brandon Stapanowich (pictured above) on a… Read more »