Posts Categorized: Members

Using poles for a more a efficient trail running experience

Poles can greatly add to a more efficient trail running experience, primarily while walking on uphills. Poles are especially useful in longer in trail running races with lots of sustained or steep terrain. Walking with poles can be a good way to conserve leg power as it allows athletes to engage otherwise unused muscles in… Read more »

Trail Stewardship: Leaving a Lasting Legacy is our theme for 2018

We’re proud to announce our theme for 2018 – Trail Stewardship: Leaving a Lasting Legacy.  This initiative builds on our 2017 theme – Community: Building Trail Running Connections. One of the keystones of this year’s theme is the land on which we run. “It is imperative that we all work together to take care of… Read more »

ATRA board member Tom Sobal honored in Colorado

On April 5, American Trail Running Association advisor Tom Sobal was inducted into the 2017 Colorado Running Hall of Fame during an evening ceremony in Denver. This tall and lean, soft-spoken athlete sporting a full beard and long braided pony tail said from the dais when receiving his award, “I’m honored and humbled and I… Read more »

Are you a trail running community builder? Join our Trail Ambassador Program

As part of our theme for 2017; “Community: Building Trail Running Connections“, the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) introduces its new Trail Ambassador Program. Starting in January 2017, we will select individuals who do amazing things in their community, whether it be local, regional, or national, to “build trail running connections.” This could include starting a… Read more »

New Book, Grand Trail, Celebrates the Ultrarunning Lifestyle

Press release from ATRA corporate member VeloPress. A new book, Grand Trail: A Magnificent Journey to the Heart of Ultrarunning and Racing, shares the stunning beauty and raw emotions of ultrarunning, paying tribute to the passion and splendor of the sport and lifestyle. Filled with powerful photographs and intimate stories from brothers Frederic and Alexis… Read more »

Re-introducing your ATRA staff members!

This announcement about ATRA staff was written by Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director & Founder, American Trail Running Association. Learn even more about Nancy in this recent WeRunFar profile with ATRA member iRunFar.  Photo above by Robert Rhodes. We are growing and we thank you for being part of our success! As such, I wanted to take this… Read more »

American Trail Running Association introduces newest team member

Colorado Springs, CO — The American Trail Running Association (ATRA), welcomes Peter Maksimow at the newest member of the ATRA team. In his role as Outreach and Partnership Specialist, Maksimow will create opportunities and develop relationships with races, clubs, and corporations and will work on special projects and programs to help grow and expand the… Read more »

ALTRA Footwear continues sponsorship of Runner’s World Half & Festival

The following press release is from ATRA Switchback Corporate Member ALTRA Footwear. ATRA will be attending the 2016 Runner’s World Half & Festival on Oct. 14-16, 2016 in Bethlehem, PA. ALTRA Footwear Signs Long-Term Extension with Runner’s World To Continue as Presenting Sponsor of Runner’s World Half & Festival EMMAUS, PA – January 7, 2016… Read more »

Seasick Marketing Announces New Trail Race, Launches Registration

The following press release is from ATRA corporate member Seasick Sports Marketing. Seasick Marketing Announces New Trail Race, Launches Registration January 5th, 2016 (Del Mar, CA)- Seasick Sports Marketing Group, a Del Mar based Event Management Company, is excited to announce the launch of their 2016 event schedule with the addition of a new trail… Read more »

Welcome Double-track – ATRA adds a new corporate membership category

Written by Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, American Trail Running Association. Photo by Ultra Trail del Mugello. Welcome Double-track – ATRA adds a new corporate membership category Colorado Springs, CO — In an effort to fill a void in its corporate membership categories, the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) will offer a double-track membership in 2016…. Read more »

Moab Trail Marathon Championship Preview

2015 USA Trail Marathon Championships / Moab Trail Marathon Elite Preview After first hosting the USA ½ Marathon Trail Championships in 2013, Danelle Ballengee’s and her Moab Trail Marathon crew will be hosting the USA Trail Marathon Championships for the 2nd consecutive year this Saturday. Once again this race will feature a strong elite field… Read more »

October Training Update by Trail Runner Dave Dunham

October Training Update by Trail Runner Dave Dunham Written by Dave Dunham. Dave lives in Bradford, MA and has been an avid mountain & trail runner for over 2 decades. Racing for the Central Mass Striders, Dave has been an athlete and team staff member on the US Mountain Running Team and won a silver… Read more »

Why Trail Runners Matter to IMBA & Mountain Biking

The following series of slides was created by Rod Judd, Head of Business Development & Marketing Communications for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and presented at the 3rd annual US Trail Running Conference in Estes Park, CO on October 8, 2015. IMBA and the American Trail Running Association partner on trail maintenance, user access and conservation… Read more »

Race Report: The Inaugural Hermit Pass Marathon

Written by Race Director Barbara Sutton.  Photos courtesy of Jewel Heisig and John Peleaux. The first ever Hermit Pass Marathon, Half Hermit and Lucky Hermit 13K held at A Painted View Ranch near Westcliffe, CO in southern central Colorado, welcomed a total of 40 runners on a bright, crisp fall morning Sept 19, 2015. Fifteen… Read more »

Flashback Friday: An Early Morning Run Around Uluru

“Editors note: Fishin’ Tale Australian Outback: An Early Morning Run Around Uluru was written by Erik Siewertsen for ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter #24 – originally published in 2002.” Fishin’ Tale Australian Outback: An Early Morning Run Around Uluru The alarm sounded at 4:45 am, and a weary glance through the window above revealed the brilliant… Read more »

Upcoming events from AdventureCORPS

AdventureCORPS, creator of the epic Badwater 135 is an ATRA corporate member. The following is an excerpt from their August 2015 email newsletter. 2015- 2016 AdventureCORPS CALENDAR OF EVENTS: It is our goal to only send you useful, informative, interesting, and entertaining info, insights, stories, and more about our events, the people who do them, the… Read more »

Slippery Slope at Soapstone

This article originally appeared in ATRA’s Summer 2015 Trail Times newsletter. Slippery Slope at Soapstone – story by Laura Clark (pictured right) Ever have a disappointing race? Silly question. They are out there just waiting to get you. But one benefit which can’t be immediately appreciated is that the following year you are almost guaranteed… Read more »

Trail Running in Costa Rica

“Trail Running in Costa Rica” was written by Daniel FLEYGNAC, participant of ULTRA RUN ARENAL VOLCANO 2015 and Marathon Irazu Volcano COSTA RICA, a small country of Central America wedged between Panama and Nicaragua, currently in vogue for tourism, the practice of trail begins in recent years thanks to organizations like Costaricarace directed by Philippe… Read more »

Everest Marathon Essay Contest

[Editors note:] This essay contest presented by ATRA and One World Trekking was held prior to the recent earthquakes in Nepal. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the quake and we look forward to a successful 2016 Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon. By Molly Mikita. It is difficult for me to put into… Read more »