Posts Categorized: Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips

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 »

Elevated Retreats Hosts First Trail Running & Feldenkrais Retreat

Feldenkrais

“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 »

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 »

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

August, 15th UPDATE: Follow LIVE race results available at: https://www.hubertiming.com/results/2021GnarGnar 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »