Posts Categorized: Trail Running

Flora Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon Preview

Press release from race director Tad Davis. Flora Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon – USATF 1/2 Marathon Trail Championships Coming to Bellingham, WA on October 17, 2015.  The field for the 2015 USATF National Trail Half Marathon Championships promises to be the most competitive in the nation this year with both Patrick Smyth (Nike) of… 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 »

Race Report: The Inaugural Hermit Pass Marathon

Written by Race Director Barbara Sutton.  Photos courtesy of Jewel Heisig and John Peleaux. The first ever Hermit Pass Marathon, Half Hermit and Lucky Hermit 13K held at A Painted View Ranch near Westcliffe, CO in southern central Colorado, welcomed a total of 40 runners on a bright, crisp fall morning Sept 19, 2015. Fifteen… Read more »

Passing the torch at Tejas Trails

Written by Chris McWatters You may have read the recent article from Joe Prusaitis about how he and his wife, Joyce, passed their “baby” (Tejas Trails) on to a new guy. I’m that “new guy.” I want you to know about some plans of mine to honor these two people, their Austin, TX-based trail running… Read more »

Junior Men’s Mountain Running Team ends Medal Drought in Wales

Written by Nancy Hobbs – Treasurer, World Mountain Running Association Photos by Richard Bolt – Team Leader, US Mountain Running Team Team USA’s junior men struck double silver at the 31st World Mountain Running Championships held at Betws-y-Coed, Wales on Saturday, September 19, earning the first-ever junior men’s medals at the event. Team USA started… Read more »

Flashback Friday: 2002 7 Sister’s Race Report

“Editors note: 7 Sister’s Trail Race Report was written by Ben Nephew for ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter #25 – originally published in 2002.  Ben lives in Mansfield, Massachusetts and is an Assistant Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.” Victory at Last Since this race took three years to develop, this is… Read more »

Flashback Friday: An Early Morning Run Around Uluru

“Editors note: Fishin’ Tale Australian Outback: An Early Morning Run Around Uluru was written by Erik Siewertsen for ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter #24 – originally published in 2002.” Fishin’ Tale Australian Outback: An Early Morning Run Around Uluru The alarm sounded at 4:45 am, and a weary glance through the window above revealed the brilliant… Read more »

Morocco Race, a unique event for all participants

Race announcement from ATRA corporate member Morocco Race. The first edition of the the “Morocco Race” will take place on November 14th 2015. This trail running race is unique in Morocco and in the world of trail running. Trailers will discover amazing paths with mountains of the High Atlas in forefront, only 35 minutes from Marrakech,… 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 »

Ready for another high elevation race this year?

Are you ready for another high elevation race this year?  Try the Hermit Pass Marathon, Half and 13K – an ATRA race member. WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2015 WHERE: A Painted View Ranch near Westcliffe, CO; 1 hr. west of Pueblo, 2 hrs southwest of Colorado Spring, 3hrs southwest of Denver in the Sangre de… Read more »

USATF 50K Trail Championships Preview

USATF 50K TRAIL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS & TAMALPA HEADLANDS 50K Written by race directors Tim & Diana Fitzpatrick Tamalpa Runners, Inc., Marin’s largest running club, will present the Tamalpa Headlands 50k trail race on Saturday August 29th, 2015. Designated this year’s USATF National 50K Trail Championship, the race has attracted an outstanding elite field. It starts… Read more »

Xero Shoes Slashes Weight & Bulk with Z-Trek

Broomfield, Colorado based Xero Shoes is a new ATRA corporate member. The following press release was originally published by Xero Shoes on March 9, 2015. For decades, sport sandals like Chaco, Teva, and Keen have been de rigeur for outdoor enthusiasts. Their downside? A brick-like weight and stiffness, with a suitcase-filling thickness. The new Amuri… Read more »

Flashback Friday: 2000 Cle Elum Ridge 50k

“Editors note: The 2000 CLE ELUM RIDGE 50K RACE REPORT was written by Lou Joline for ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter, Volume 5, No. 18 – originally published in Fall 2000. Have you run this race? Share your experience in the comments sections below.” GETTING THERE I knew that I was in the Pacific Northwest as… Read more »

O2X Summit Challenge Series comes to Winter Park

O2X Summit Challenges is an ATRA corporate member. Press release from O2X Summit Challenges. WINTER PARK, COLORADO – The O2X Summit Challenge Series, in partnership with lululemon athletica, will bring its physically and mentally demanding brand of off-trail racing to Winter Park’s Mary Jane. Described by Outside magazine as a “new breed of … obstacle race,”… Read more »

ATRA includes partner in Event Standards Program

Written by Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, American Trail Running Association Colorado Springs, CO —– The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) which formed a partnership with Boulder, Colorado-based Adventure Projects in April, has furthered that relationship by including Trail Run Project in their Event Standards Program. “One of our goals at ATRA is to educate runners… Read more »

60 years of running in the Pikes Peak region

Press Release by Ron Ilgen, President Pikes Peak Marathon, Inc (an ATRA corporate member) MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. – Sixty years ago, body builder Monte Wolford won the inaugural Pikes Peak Marathon. Since then, the people of this great race, Arlene Piper, Matt Carpenter, and many others have written the region’s running history. And the mountain… 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 »

Lawyer to Run Vermont 100 Blindfolded to Benefit the Blind

PRESS RELEASE from the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired  Manchester, NH lawyer Ron Abramson has been a runner since 2006. Having completed over 25 marathons and ultra-marathons, Abramson decided to set his sights on a new challenge. On July 18, 2015, Abramson will join 300+ other runners – and dozens of horses –… Read more »

Slippery Slope at Soapstone

This article originally appeared in ATRA’s Summer 2015 Trail Times newsletter. Slippery Slope at Soapstone – story by Laura Clark (pictured right) Ever have a disappointing race? Silly question. They are out there just waiting to get you. But one benefit which can’t be immediately appreciated is that the following year you are almost guaranteed… 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 »