Posts Categorized: Trail Running

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 »

Trail Running is for Every Body: Our Theme For 2022


Happy New Year trail runners! Every fall the American Trail Running Association’s board members get together to discuss strategy and goals for the coming year. As part of these discussions we also come up with a theme to guide our next 12 months of programming and be an inspiration for our Trail News stories. For… Read more »

Endurance Town USA Host Goes International with RacingThePlanet

Announcement from Endurance Town USA, American Trail Running Association partner at the 2018 US Trail Running Conference. California-based Race Director and marketing professional joins global ultramarathon producer, RacingThePlanet, to expand its reach and tell its epic 20-year story. Endurance Town USA (ETUSA), a media production company focused on fostering human connection through outdoors, adventure and… Read more »

Ohio’s Thunderbunny 12K to Host Collegiate Trail Running National Championships

Announcement from American Trail Running Association partner Collegiate Running Association. 2022 and 2023 Collegiate Trail Running Championships will be held within the Thunderbunny 12K Trail Race in Strouds Run State Park. Collegiate Running Association and Southeastern Ohio Trail Runners (SEOTR) renew partnership through 2023. The Collegiate Running Association (CRA) is excited to announce an extended… Read more »

Crazy Mountain 100 Promotes Indigenous Respect and BIPOC Inclusion

Crazy Mountain 100

Race director Megan DeHaan is progressing trail running inclusion and Indigenous rights at The Crazy Mountain 100, which will be held for the first time on July 29, 2022. The Crazy Mountain 100 will be the only 100-mile race in Montana this upcoming year. The point-to-point course takes runners through the remote Crazy Mountain Range… Read more »

The Running Event 2021: In Person Once Again

The Running Event

Trail running shines at The Running Event with exciting new tech, discussion of emerging trends, light-hearted entertainment and an increasingly diverse community. After a cancellation in 2020 due to the global pandemic, The Running Event (TRE) returned to Austin,Texas November 30 through December 2, to an enthusiastic group of attendees. Established in 2006, TRE is… Read more »

Understanding Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Ranking Systems

Athlete ranking systems are used in nearly every major sport around the world, including Mountain, Ultra, Trail (MUT) Running. Ranking systems are used to analyze and categorize athletes’ performances and rank the top athletes in the sport. In contrast to many other sports, some of the most prominent MUT ranking systems provide rankings for both… Read more »

Joe McConaughy On Mentoring Trail Running’s Next Rising Stars

Joe McConaughy

Joe McConaughy is looking to empower the next generation of ultrarunners. McConaughy, an ultrarunning and fastpacking coach at TheStringBean and accomplished trail runner sponsored by Columbia Montrail, is teaming up with some of the sport’s top coaches to develop a Sub-Elite Trail Running Scholarship program. This scholarship aims to give mentorship and coaching guidance to… Read more »

Two American Races Join 2022 Golden Trail World Series

Announcement from the Golden Trail Series sponsored by American Trail Running Association member Salomon. Photos courtesy of the Golden Trail World Series. The Pikes Peak Ascent (Colorado) and Flagstaff Sky Peaks (Arizona) are part of the seven race global trail running series. After a successful 2021 season, the Golden Trail World Series is back in… Read more »

Mark Tatum: The Rise of a Dipsea Champion

Mark Tatum

On November 7, 2021, I sit in the very tiny Phyllis’ Giant Burger in Mill Valley, CA and share a meal with Mark Tatum and Wes Thurman, when Thurman, with an excited laugh, shows us his phone from a local news outlet with a banner headline reading: “BREAKING NEWS: 61-year-old Colorado Springs man wins the… Read more »

Murphy and Gray Crowned XTERRA Trail Running World Champions

The 2021 XTERRA Trail Running World Championships took place on Saturday, December 4. This year’s 21K event relocated from the island of Oahu to Maui for the first time in the 25-year history and the USATF Mountain Running Team team was on hand to compete. The eight-member squad included Joseph Gray, Edward Owens, Joseph DeMoor,… Read more »