Posts Categorized: Trail Running

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 »

Western States Trekker – Day 5 – Foresthill to the River Crossing

This morning the trekker team was privileged to have Ann Trason join for the journey from Foresthill to the River Crossing. The 16 mile journey was completed in 5:57:07 (including breaks), descended 3500’ with 1100’ of climbing. Our team photographer Myke Hermsmeyer strapped on the ultimate camera – the trekker backpack – for the first… Read more »

Western States Trekker – Day 4 – Last Chance to Foresthill

The trekker team was restocked today with a new group of volunteers to carry the 50 pound street view panoramic imaging backpack 20 miles from Last Chance (mile 43.3) to Foresthill (mile 62). The Wednesday Trekker team lead by ATRA’s Richard Bolt was Robert Rhodes from Bay Trailrunners, Matthew Hook, Chris Streeter, Ben Bosch, Avesh… Read more »

Western States Trekker – Day 3 – Duncan Canyon to Last Chance

After fixing trekker battery charger issues on Monday, the trekker team hit the trail again on Tuesday with a fresh complement of volunteers and fully charged batteries. Richard Bolt, Mike Kreaden, Dan Baxley, Matthew Hook (driver) and Myke Hermsmeyer (photographer) left Foresthill early in the morning for the hour plus drive to the Duncan Canyon… Read more »

Thank you Western States Trekker supporters

This coming Sunday our Western States Trekker will kick off in Squaw Valley resort at the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run starting line. To make this project possible we’ve received generous support from several ATRA corporate members and trail runners who have volunteered their time to be part of the trekker team. The trekker team… Read more »

Featured Trail Town: Del Norte, Colorado

Welcome to the third installment of our “Trail Town” series. Every month we will feature an article about a trail running city that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature the old western town of Del Norte, in Colorado’s sprawling San Luis Valley. Trail Town “How do… 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 »

Sigl & Malcolm win USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships

Tyler Sigl led from the start to win the USATF 50 Mile Trail Running Championships in Ithaca, New York, today – Saturday, June 4, setting a course record of 6:44:12 in the process. Men’s Race Sigl pocketed $1500 for the victory, $500 in course incentives, and $1000 to support his travel to the IAU World… Read more »

Bandits and Trail Racing

Written by Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, American Trail Running Association. Have you ever stood on the start line for a race, looked around you, and noticed the runner to your left was not wearing a bib number? Do you glare at the bib-less runner? Do you nudge the person to your right and say, “Hey,… Read more »

Feed Zone Table Cookbook

Press release from ATRA corporate member VeloPress. Science shows that we are who we eat with. Enjoying meals with friends and family makes as much difference to our well-being as people-and our performance as athletes-as the foods we choose. That’s the message of a new cookbook, Feed Zone Table: Family-Style Meals to Nourish Life and… Read more »

Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon Update

Written by Molly Mikita for ATRA corporate member One World Trekking. Essay contest winner Molly Mikita checked in with ATRA about her training and preparation for her trip to the event. We are working with a new non-profit in Nepal, as the original group we had planned to work with has dissolved. We are excited… Read more »

ATRA includes Ashworth Awards as partner in Event Standards Program

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) announces Ashworth Awards as our newest partner in the Event Standards Program. We introduced our Event Standards Program in 2012, and recently included vendors and suppliers as partners to further assist trail race directors in meeting our 15 criteria necessary for staging a safe and well-organized event. “Awards are… Read more »

Featured Trail Town: Exeter, New Hampshire

Written by ATRA board member Chris J. Dunn, owner of acidotic RACING, LLC. Welcome to our second in a series of American Trail Running Association “Trail Town” articles!  Every month we’re going to feature an article about a great small city for trail running.  This month we’re headed East to Exeter, a small community just… Read more »

ATRA includes MYLAPS as partner in Event Standards Program

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) welcomes MYLAPS Sports Timing as our newest partner in the Event Standards Program. We introduced the Event Standards Program in 2012, and recently included vendors and suppliers as partners to further assist trail race directors in meeting 15 criteria necessary for staging a safe and well-organized event. “MYLAPS’ commitment… Read more »