Posts Categorized: Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips

Andrew Drummond Inspires Trail Running and Ski Adventuring in New England

Andrew Drummond, the unofficial “FKT (Fastest Known Time) Guide” for the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is building community and inspiring adventure in the East Coast trail running and backcountry ski scene. Drummond is a backcountry and ski mountaineering (skimo) athlete who converts to trail running in the summer. He has competed internationally in trail… Read more »

Gear and Nutrition Advice From Ultrarunning Legend Michael Wardian

When it comes to ultramarathon trail races, your race day performance will be influenced not only by your fitness and training, but also by your nutrition and gear choices. As a general rule of thumb, the longer the race (or more adventurous the route), the more benefit you’ll have from creating race-specific nutrition and gear… Read more »

A Discussion Of Third Party Certification With Gnarly Nutrition’s Dr. Shannon O’Grady

There is a growing market for nutrition supplements in trail running, which brings an increased need for understanding how to most effectively (and safely) use these products. A few of the most common dietary supplements used by trail runners include protein powders, collagen, caffeine pills, beetroot powder/juice, pre-workout blends, and BCAA powders. These products are… Read more »

In The Right Time And Place At The US Trail Running Conference

A ferryboat foghorn sounds its warning on the Puget Sound not once but three times. Each blast with timing more impeccable than the last. The first brings comic relief to myself and other attendees at the opening ceremony of the tenth annual US Trail Running Conference, a conference geared toward event directors and those dedicated… Read more »

Craft Sportswear Pushes the Envelope With New Carbon Plate Trail Shoe

ATRA member Craft Sportswear has recently joined a small, but growing number of brands who are manufacturing carbon plated trail running shoes. As of October 2022, Hoka One One, Nike, Saucony, Adidas Terrex, Speedland, The North Face and Craft Sportswear offer shoes with carbon plate technology. In recent years, carbon plates have become a necessary… Read more »

Indian American Aum Gandhi’s Road To The Moab 240

Aum Gandhi, Indian-American and professional athlete sponsored by Merrell, is a voice for positive energy and overcoming challenges in trail running and life. Gandhi will be taking on one of his greatest running challenges, his first 200-plus mile race, the Moab 240, which will be held in the mountains and deserts surrounding Moab, UT, on… Read more »

Colorado’s Pikes Peak Apex To Host Trail Running Events

Trail runners and mountain bikers unite! The Pikes Peak APEX, a multi-day mountain biking festival held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will be incorporating trail running races into this year’s lineup for the first time since its inception in 2019. Pikes Peak APEX is partnering with trail racing event company, Aravaipa Running, an ATRA member who… Read more »

Trail Runners’ Pre-Race Rituals and Superstitions

Rituals and Superstitions

How do YOU prepare on race day? There are many established traditions and practices that running coaches and teams prescribe to runners during race-week or even in the final minutes before race start. These can include a large spaghetti dinner (high school or college cross country runners may be very familiar with this classic pre-race… Read more »

Chris Cage Shares His Backstory and Top Thru-Hiking Tips

Chris Cage shows us the life-changing and empowering effects of taking time out of our busy lives to explore the natural world. In 2012, Cage quit his accounting job and embarked on a two-year adventure that involved traveling 10,000 miles across Asia, teaching English in Thailand, volunteering at an orphanage in Cambodia, riding 2,000 miles… Read more »

Zimbabwe’s Emily Hawgood Gears Up For 2022 Western States 100 Mile

Emily Hawgood

Emily Hawgood photos by adidas TERREX and @iancorless. Emily Hawgood, seventh place finisher at the 2021 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, returns to the Western States startline in this weekend. Hawgood, Zimbabwe’s trail running phenom, has had a unique upbringing on a small farm in Zimbabwe where she ran mostly barefoot and competed in… Read more »

Chasing Cutoffs Podcast Celebrates The Back-Of-The-Pack


Above photo: James Holk (@jamesholk). “Chasing Cutoffs amplifies the stories of back-of-the-pack trail and ultra runners. Making fast friends with slow strangers.” —Ben Mead, host of the Chasing Cutoffs podcast Chasing Cutoffs, launched in April 2022, is a trail running podcast that brings attention to incredible stories of “back-of-the-pack” runners. In trail running media, there… Read more »

2022 Broken Arrow Skyrace Elite Field Preview

The country’s top trail runners are gearing up for the 2022 Broken Arrow Skyrace, “California’s first skyrace,” June 17 to 19 at Palisades Tahoe resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Since its inaugural year in 2016, the Broken Arrow Skyrace has become one of the largest and most competitive trail running events in the country…. Read more »

How To Build Your Perfect Ultrarunning “Crew”


In ultrarunning competitions, an athlete’s performance can be aided greatly by support from a well-organized “crew.” A crew – a group of friends, family, coaches, or other individuals – can help athletes with pacing, nutrition, race strategy, problem-solving and motivation throughout the race. Although it is certainly manageable to run ultras without crew support, those… Read more »

Trail Shoe Review – inov-8 PARKCLAW G 280 First Impressions


Back in April, long-time ATRA member inov-8 launched the PARKCLAW G 280, its first road-to-trail running shoe featuring graphene, the world’s strongest material. Inov-8, founded in 2003 in the U.K’s Lake District, has been pushing limits in shoe technology and earned a reputation in the shoe industry for incorporating some of the high performing and… Read more »

The Hudson River 50 Brings Trail Racing To “The Big Apple”

Hudson River 50

David Kilgore, trail athlete manager for On Running, is creating trail running opportunities in the heart of “The Big Apple,” New York City, NY. Kilgore, member of Team USATF at the 2019 Trail World Championships and third place finisher at the 2018 USATF 50-kilometer Trail Championships, has raced and explored trails world wide. Since settling… Read more »

Gonzo Jimenez: Elite Chocolatier and “Ok” Ultrarunner


I’m an elite chocolatier and an ok ultrarunner -Gonzo Jimenez Gonzo Jimenez commits himself fully to everything he does in life. Nine months after his first trail run he completed the grueling Leadville 100 Mile footrace in Leadville, CO. After being ousted from his house for being a “troublemaker” at the age of seventeen, he… Read more »