Posts Categorized: Trail Running Tips

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

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 tool… 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 »

Flashback Friday: Hydration – Plan Ahead To Keep Going

Editors note: Hydration: Planning Ahead To Keep Going was written by Dave Mackey for ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter #26 in 2003. Dave recently survived a gruesome accident while trail running. You can help Dave and his family offset medical expenses and lost income on YouCaring.com. Trail running combines many environmental factors that add significant stress… Read more »

Flashback Friday! A Woman’s Guide to Trail Running

“It’s all in your head: A woman’s Guide to Trail Running” was written by Nancy Hobbs for our Trail Times Newsletter and first published in 2005. What do you think?  Is this guide as relevant today as it was 10 years ago? Even though I started running in 1980, the first time I went on a… Read more »

Creating Memories on the Trails

“Creating Memories on the Trails” by ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs Trail running affords us memorable experiences. There are the stunning views we enjoy atop a high point which overlooks an expansive valley below, there are the diverse flora and fauna we encounter along the trails, there is the inevitable change in terrain from our… Read more »

Flashback Friday! Tips for the trail

TIPS FOR THE TRAIL was written By Patti Finke. M.S. for our Newsletter #12 first published in 1999.  What do you think?  Are these tips as relevant today as they were 16 years ago? Why, we asked? The answer was easy “the warm sun, the rushing of Little Muddy Creek, the view up Mt Hood to… Read more »

Ankle Strength for Trail Runners

This article originally appeared in our Summer 2015 Trail Times newsletter. Written by Stephen R. Santagelo The foundation of strength begins at the ground and works up. The ankles are the number one body part in developing that foundation. Do you know muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones of the feet, including the ankles and hands… Read more »

Pregnancy and Trail Running

The following article originally appeared in ATRA’s Summer 2015 Newsletter. by Amber Reece-Young (pictured above at the 2011 NACAC Mountain Running Championships in Ajijic, Mexico). Who says you can’t keep running when you are pregnant? Well, your doctor might so it is always wise to get medical clearance first. If your OB-GYN okays it, then… Read more »

Icespike for traction 365 days a year

Winter may be over but ATRA corporate member Icespike has four tips for using their product year round.  You can never have too much traction! 1. Trail Runners: Trail shoes with the fancy treads are nothing but mud collectors. Your shoes will weigh as much as you do by the end of your run. Icespike eliminates… Read more »

Mother’s Day Event in Colorado Springs

Join us for a Mother’s Day event in Colorado Springs, CO.  Mountain Chalet & the American Trail Running Association present “Focus on Women: TRAIL RUNNING — the TOP 10 TIPS” on Thursday May 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon St., Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. We’re celebrating Moms, Daughters, Sisters, Aunts,… Read more »

A Better-Rounded (Trail Running) Lifestyle

Written by Stephen R. Santangelo for the Spring 2015 issue of ATRA’s Trail Times newsletter. Variety in training, diet, work and social life is a refreshing ingredient to keep life exciting and moving forward. However, all too often runners get into a rut in training and also with their nutrition. To avoid a downward spiral,… Read more »

Lisa Jhung releases her new book “Trailhead”

PR from Dave Trendler, VeloPress.  You can find this and other trail running books listed on our “Resources” page. Boulder, CO, USA – April 3, 2015 – Please join Boulder’s running community at two upcoming parties celebrating the release of a new book by Boulder-based running journalist Lisa Jhung. Jhung is a veteran trail runner,… Read more »