Posts By: Tayte Pollmann

The 2021 US Trail Running Conference Opens In Arkansas

Trail Conference

Yesterday, the ninth annual US Trail Running Conference kicked off for the second year in a row in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a theme for 2021: “Trail Running as a Restorative Sport.” Attendees included trail running race directors and fans of the sport who enjoyed content in-person or virtually. Taking place at the Fayetteville Town Center,… Read more »

Catching Up with GTWS Grand Final Champion Francesco Puppi

Francesco Puppi

On October 16, Italian Francesco Puppi won the 2021 Golden Trail World Series (GTWS) Grand Final hosted by THE ONE RACE in El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain. In the lead-up to the Grand Final race, the Golden Trail World Series included six of the world’s most competitive trail races, L’Olla de Nuria (Spain), Mont Blanc… Read more »

The Story Behind Moab 240 Champion Annie Hughes

Annie Hughes

“200s” Are NOT About Speed Annie Hughes, up-and-coming ultra running star from Leadville, Colorado, is 120 miles into a 240 mile race across the isolated and harsh desert environment of Moab, Utah. It’s the middle of the night, temperatures are dropping into the forties and she’s fighting off sleep deprivation. She plans to take quick… Read more »

Patti Flynn Progresses Transgender Inclusion In Trail Running

Patti Flynn

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) consultant Patti Flynn is working to create an inclusive space for the transgender community in trail running. In 2020, Flynn wrote a transgender policy for the TransRockies Run six day stage race. The goal of this policy is to inspire increased participation by transgender runners in the TransRockies Run and… Read more »

Broken Arrow Skyrace Hosts Mountain Running World Cup

Max King Broken Arrow

Following last weekend’s Mountain Running World Cup stage eleven race, Trofeo Ciolo, in Gagliano del Capo, Italy, the World Cup returns to the United States for the first time since 2019. Stages twelve and thirteen of this global sixteen-stage race series will be held at Friday’s Broken Arrow VK (Vertical Kilometer) and Sunday’s 26 km… Read more »

Elevated Retreats Hosts First Trail Running & Feldenkrais Retreat


“Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, the easy elegant.” -Moshé Pinchas Feldenkrais This past Saturday Elevated Retreats Co. hosted their first “Feldenkrais-running retreat” in the scenic mountain town of Salida, Colorado. Feldenkrais is a form of exercise therapy that uses awareness of body movements to improve physical and mental function. This one day event… Read more »

Trail Race Course Marking Advice From Ian Torrence

Course Marking

Proper course marking is one of a race director’s most important tasks and is essential for putting on a safe and successful trail race. Trail races can be more challenging to mark than road or cross country events because they are often staged in large parks, forest, or mountainous areas with trail systems with complex… Read more »

Lincks and Gray Defend Home Turf at the Cirque Series Arapahoe Basin

Over the past several years, the Cirque Series has quickly become one of the most competitive short-distance mountain race series in the Western United States. Founded in 2015, the series consists of six races hosted by some of the county’s most renowned alpine ski resorts. This year’s venues include Alta, Utah, Brighton, Utah, Alyeska, Alaska,… Read more »

UTMB Stories: Unpacking Coloradan Josh Eberly’s First OCC

Josh Eberly

Last Sunday, August 29, concluded a week of trail running action at the 2021 Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) races held in Chamonix, France. UTMB week includes an alphabet soup of trail races of different distances, including the YCC (4, 8 & 15 km), MCC (40 km), OCC (56 km), CCC (101 km), TDS (145 km),… Read more »

Anton Krupicka Returns with a Podium at the Leadville Trail 100

Anton Krupika

Adrian MacDonald’s Astonishing First 100 Miler, Annie Hughes Home Turf Victory and Krupicka’s Podium Return at the 2021 Leadville Trail 100 Mile. This past weekend, August 21-22, the 2021 Leadville Trail 100 presented by LaSportiva  and owned by Life Time, attracted some of the county’s top ultrarunners to Leadville, Colorado for this grueling high altitude… Read more »

USATF Mountain Running Championships Comes To Oregon’s Gnar Gnar This Sunday

August, 15th UPDATE: Follow LIVE race results available at: After the 2020 race was cancelled, this Sunday will see the country’s top mountain runners face off at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Mountain Running Championships; the fourth MUT championship in the 2021 series. Returning to Oregon for the first time since 2015, this… Read more »

The TransRockies Run Brings Adventure Back To Trail Racing

The Under Armour TransRockies Run is back in 2021 to deliver one of the best and most epic trail running adventures in North America. Now in its ninth year, this unique six-day trail running stage race was held last week in the rugged backcountry of the Colorado Rockies and offered runners incredible mountain views, well-organized… Read more »

Pack Burro Racing: 48 Years Of Hoofing It Around Buena Vista

Pack Burro

This past Sunday, the 48th annual Buena Vista Pack Burro Race was held in the small mountain town of Buena Vista, Colorado (population 2,700). The race is a part of the annual “Gold Rush Days” summer celebration of the town’s art and history, which includes Buena Vista’s place as an epicenter for the niche sport… Read more »

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 »