Posts Categorized: Trail Running

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 »

Getting a Trail Run in at the Grafton 15K


Grafton 15K race report was written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark. Laura is an avid masters mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she is a children’s librarian. Photos by Jessica and Naomi Hoffman. Bill Hoffman and his Mountain Dog Running enterprise, best known for its extreme trail races… Read more »

Kemp and Park Claim Collegiate Trail Running National Titles

Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) partner Collegiate Running Association (CRA). Southeast Ohio Trail Runners (SEOTR) is an ATRA member. Race was held within the Thunderbunny 11K in Ohio’s Strouds Run State Park Hannah Kemp (West Liberty University) and Josh Park (Ohio University) were victorious in the Collegiate Running Association’s 2022 Trail Running National Championships… Read more »

2023 World Mountain and Trail Running Championship Awarded to Innsbruck Austria


Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Photos: Florentin Haunold at Roast Media. The joint application of Innsbruck Tourism and the Stubai Tourism Association for the right to host the 2023 World Mountain and Trail Running Championships (WMTRC) was successful against strong international competition. The community of Innsbruck-Stubai will bring the WMTRC to Tyrol… Read more »

Trail Runners Knitting Hats for a Cause

Written by US Mountain Running Team staff member and trail race director Paul Kirsch. Photos: Freddi Lynne Triback. Two New England mountain/trail runners start a hat fundraiser to raise money for the children of Ukraine. When you meet Freddi Triback and Brian Walfield at mountain and trail races across New England, they seem to know… Read more »

Dakota Jones – Creating Environmental Leaders in the Trail Running Community


Elite ultrarunner Dakota Jones will be hosting the second edition of Footprints Running Camp from July 24, to 31, 2022. This camp combines environmental activism with trail running in the beautiful high alpine environment near Silverton, Colorado. In recent years, Jones has been outspoken about protecting the environment/trail systems and has used his platform as… Read more »

ATRA Member Inov-8 Launch Ultimate Road-to-Trail Shoe


Announcement from American Trail Running Association member inov-8. Pioneering sports brand inov-8 is launching its first road-to-trail running shoe featuring Graphene, the world’s strongest material. The new PARKCLAW G 280 is designed to give runners more confidence to turn off the road and discover the joys of trails. The shoe goes on pre-sale today ahead… Read more »

Living it up at the Catalina Island Marathon

Catalina Island Marathon

There were three situations that initially introduced me to Catalina Island: a high school running camp, Mike Shafai and the Eagles song “Hotel California.” I was first introduced to the island when I attended a Runner’s Workshop cross country camp the summer before my senior year of high school. The diverse beauty and challenging terrain… Read more »

Fall 2021 Trail Runner Survey Results

Trail Running Survey

At the end of 2021, we conducted a survey on trail running community and culture to better understand what lures runners to the trails and what the trail running experience means to them. When we asked, “What is the one word you would use to describe trail running?,” 125 respondents answered with the word “fun”… Read more »

DNF – Three Letters in a Trail Runner’s Vernacular


DNF translates to Did Not Finish and like it or not, these three letters are often part of the trail racing experience. Like many trail runners, we’ve had our own DNF experiences and chronicled stories of others. After winning the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships in Albania, expectations were high for Max King at the… Read more »

UltraSignup Looks Back At 2021 And Celebrates Award Winners

Reprinted with permission from American Trail Running Association member UltraSignup. As we start a new year of running, let’s begin by celebrating our 2021 trail accomplishments. While many news headlines remained dim last year, in trail running we were able to make a safe and oh-so-joyful return to running together. From local meet-ups to our… Read more »

Running in the Dark

This article first appeared in the winter 2021 issue of ATRA’s quarterly newsletter Trail Times and was written by Janelle Lincks who was born and raised in Colorado. She presently is based out of Boulder where she works as a gardener. As well, she is a competitive trail runner recently sponsored by ATRA switchback member… Read more »

Are Carbon Plates The Key To Trail Running Supershoes?

The Running Event

Over the past five years, running shoes with carbon plates have earned the reputation as “supershoes” among the road running community. These shoes have undeniably improved race performances in nearly all road racing distances and aided athletes in setting new world records. These days, every elite runner at the startline of any major marathon (Boston,… Read more »

Trail Running Powered by Plants

Aimee Kohler

Written by Aimee Kohler, a competitive trail runner and race director at Blue Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. Her passion for moving the sport to zero carbon is driven by her love for the trail, the community and combating the climate crisis. As trail runners we get to experience a magical connection with nature that few… Read more »

2022 World Mountain & Trail Running Championships – U.S. Team Selection

Approved by the USATF MUT Executive Committee on January 24, 2022. The inaugural World Mountain & Trail Running Championships (WMTRC) is scheduled for November 4-6, 2022 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This new biennial event is organized by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) and the International Trail Running Association… Read more »

Mike Foote Promotes “Trail Running For Every Body” at The Rut

The Rut

Montana’s iconic trail race, The Rut Mountain Runs, is taking action to make its events more inclusive in 2022. Race director and ultrarunning legend, Mike Foote, has partnered with Inclusive Outdoors Project, an organization that aims to provide equal access to the outdoors for everyone. The organization states its mission: “At Inclusive Outdoors we know… Read more »

First Golden Tickets of 2022 Earned at the Bandera 100K


A light rain fell over Southern Texas’ Hill Country State Nature Area as chilly temperatures in the low-40s greeted runners on the morning of Saturday, January 7 for the HOKA Bandera Endurance Trail Run 100K. It was not the most extreme weather the race has ever witnessed, as past races have included sleet, snow, intense… Read more »

Born To Adapt: The First Adaptive Athlete Specific Trail Race


Saturday, April, 16, 2022 kicks off the eleventh edition of the Born to Run Ultra Running Extravaganza, a four-day trail running festival, held in Los Olivos, CA. This year’s event will include a new race, Born To Adapt, the first-ever adaptive athlete specific trail race. It will be a three-hour race on a 5-kilometer trail… Read more »