Posts Categorized: Trail Running Tips

ATRA and inov-8 launch Trail Running Tips for Women

Starting this month, the American Trail Running Association (ATRA), and inov-8, will partner on a new series of articles about trail running tips for women. Record-breaking runner Jasmin Paris (pictured above, left), who is supported by trail running brand inov-8, will be featured in our Trail News section this month in the first of several installments…. Read more »

Protect your skin from the trail running elements

Written by By Cammi Balleck for ATRA’s Winter 2016 Trail Times Newsletter.  Cammi & Company is an ATRA corporate member. If you’re an all-weather runner, you will face it all, and no snow or ice will keep you from your run. While your body is benefitted, your skin will pay the price. You already know… Read more »

Trail Running and Fund Raising

Written by Doug Mayer for ATRA’s Winter 2016 Trail Times Newsletter. One of the highlights of my year is co-race directing the Randolph Ramble, a rugged, late-fall 10km in the wilds of the northernmost region of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It’s everything I love about trail running—a tough challenge with friends old and new, and… Read more »

ATRA Trail Running Camp Standards

American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Running Camp Standards Below are 14 key areas to consider when staging a trail running camp, or when selecting a trail running camp to attend. Program: Provide specific camp details including duration, audience (ie: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or mix), and types of trails to be run (terrain and elevation)…. Read more »

Trail Sisters: How it started and where we are headed

Written by Gina Lucrezi for ATRA’s Winter Trail Times Newsletter. About six years ago, I moved to Carbondale, Colorado to work with Trail Runner magazine as their Advertising Manager. I was an avid trail runner and wanted to take my racing to a more competitive level. What better place to train than in the Roaring… Read more »

4th annual US Trail Running Conference captivates attendees

Written by Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, American Trail Running Association. The 4th annual US Trail Running Conference wrapped up in Estes Park, Colorado, at the historic Stanley Hotel on October 1, after three and a half days dedicated to all things trail running. The program, hosted by Active at Altitude in partnership with the American… Read more »

Striving for Zero Carbon Emissions to Mitigate Climate Disruption for Trail Races

Written by David Selden.  This article is a companion to our trail running race sustainability guidelines.  Any sustainability plan should have a significant focus on the most challenging environmental, social, and national security issue of our time: climate change disruption. Travel to and from events likely accounts for more than 90% of all carbon dioxide… Read more »

Trail Running Race Sustainability Guidelines

Races can greatly reduce their impact on the environment by instituting a few simple measures, many of which are outlined in this document. Here are ATRA’s sustainability guidelines for trail running races. This document was researched by Tia Bodington and written with input from Brad Bishop, Susan Farago, Matt Gunn and David Selden. These guidelines… Read more »

Flashback Friday: A Moving Marriage with Mother Nature

Written by trail runner Bob Holtel for the 2001 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Photo from Ultraholic.com. From the ATRA Archives is presented by Salomon.  Simplicity in all things is the secret of the wilderness and one of its most valuable lessons. It is what we leave behind that is most important. I think… Read more »

Post-race recovery for trail race volunteers

Research suggests – as does the US Olympic Committee – that athletes allow one day of recovery for every hour of time zone they cross en route to a competition. I’m convinced this applies to volunteers who provide support to athletes at events…especially at ultras. It’s now Monday and I’m still recovering from the Cayuga… Read more »

Eleven Experience brings new trail running camp to Crested Butte

CRESTED BUTTE, CO – Eleven Experience Brings Trail Runners to Crested Butte for the Salomon Running Experience. Eleven Experience and Salomon are partnering to offer both seasoned and aspiring trail runners an exclusive opportunity to run with world-class athletes and coaches in a world-class destination. Hosted at Eleven’s luxurious Scarp Ridge Lodge in Crested Butte,… Read more »

Marathon Printing becomes partner in Event Standards Program

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) announces Marathon Printing, Inc., as the newest partner in their Event Standards Program. ATRA introduced its Event Standards Program in 2012, and recently has included vendors and suppliers as partners to further assist trail race directors in meeting ATRA’s 15 criteria necessary for staging a safe and well-organized event…. Read more »

Registration open for US Trail Running Conference

Written by Terry Chiplin, US Trail Running Conference Event Director, Estes Park, Colorado. The 2016 US Trail Running Conference takes place September 28 to October 1, 2016 and registration is now open for both Trail Race Directors and Trail Runners! The Conference has a new logo, a new website, an expanded section for Trail Race… Read more »

Sensible and Successful New Year’s Resolutions

Sensible and Successful New Year’s Resolutions was written by Stephen R. Santangelo. This article originally appeared in ATRA’s Trail Times newsletter published in December 2015. How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Are you keeping them? Though the New Year is filled with excitement and adventurous possibilities, it can also bring about frustrations and disappointments,… Read more »

The ICESPIKE Traction System for Winter Running

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The following article was written by John Vonhof and was originally published on FixingYourFeet.com. The article has been re-published here with permission from John and ATRA corporate member ICESPIKE. Photo by John Vonhof. The ICESPIKE traction system for winter running ICESPIKES have been around for a while and have proven themselves to be a reliable… Read more »

American Trail Running Association introduces new partner program

American Trail Running Association introduces new partner program Written by Nancy Hobbs, December 15, 2015 Colorado Springs, CO — The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) has introduced a new platform for vendors and suppliers to connect with and support trail race directors through its Event Standards Partnership Program. ATRA introduced its Event Standards Program in… Read more »

ATRA Event Standards Program Quick Start Guide

ATRA Event Standards Program Quick Start Guide Updated December 15, 2015 ATRA’s Event Standards Program is as an educational resource for race directors and race participants. The program, first introduced in 2012, is comprised of 15 criteria necessary for staging a safe and well-organized event. A more detailed version of our Event Standards Program is available… Read more »

How to prepare for a multi-day stage race

“Zolkan 4 Day Chile – How to prepare for a multi-day stage race” was written by Melissa Gosse and Jonathan Sinclair. Melissa & Jon are sponsored by ATRA corporate member Xero Shoes. Stage racing is an interesting mix between the speed and stamina that brings out the fastest ultra runners in the world. There is an… Read more »

Timeline for Directing a Trail Running Race

Here’s a great takeaways from today’s trail race director session at the Trail Running Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. Written by Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, ATRA. A Recommended Timeline for Directing a Trail Running Race: At least 12 months before – Make a mental commitment to do it – Select a site – Select a distance –… Read more »

Do you run solo, with a teammate or in a pack?

“Do you run solo, with a teammate or in a pack?” was written by Ultramaratonistas Mel Gosse & Jon Sinclair. Mel & Jon are sponsored by ATRA corporate member Xero Shoes. When it comes to any race 5km or longer, there will often be a “lead pack”, couples doing it together as a relationship builder,… Read more »