Posts Categorized: Trail Running

Time for an Upgrade?

A message from Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, American Trail Running Association From time to time, we upgrade our running wardrobe. This may include a purchase of the latest model of trail shoes, a super lightweight hydration pack, the newest moisture-wicking socks, or a sleek pair of compression tights. For some, upgrades don’t happen that often. Maybe… Read more »

Win an FREE entry to the Leadville 100

Can you run 100 miles & write about it?  The Leadville Trail 100 may be sold out but you can still win an FREE entry! We are happy to announce that Herbalife is offering one American Trail Running Association follower entry into the 100-miler on August 16-17, 2014, as well as a four-night stay at… Read more »

Desert Runners – Inspiring Journey through World’s Toughest Terrains

Hey trail runners! Here’s a new film called Desert Runners that follows a group of athletes as they complete RacingthePlanet’s Four Deserts Grand Slam, the most difficult desert ultra-marathon series on Earth. The runners trek across four 250km ultra-marathons in the world’s driest (Atacama Desert in Chile), windiest (Gobi Desert in China), hottest (Sahara Desert… Read more »

Max King’s Running Tip of the Month

The following article was written by Max King and originally printed in The Footzone Bend’s May e-mail newsletter.  Reprinted with permission from The Footzone Bend and +Max King.  Time to go for a hike, that’s right, a power hike. Racing up at 16,000ft this last weekend reminded me that I need to hike more. I know… Read more »

ATRA Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet

Colorado Springs, CO — The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1,200 member companies in 48 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes. ATRA is now eligible to receive donations from 1% for the Planet member companies, placing them among… Read more »

Where to run. Brazos Bend State Park, TX

This article first appeared in the March 2014 ATRA Newsletter. By Rob Goyen Hidden from the hustle, bustle and concrete and located just 28 miles southwest of Houston, lies Brazos Bend State Park. The park will host two ultramarathons this year put on by Brazos Bend Trail Races (www.brazosbendtrailraces.com) on April 26 and December 13-14…. Read more »

A Flatlander’s Training Tips for Altitude

This story originally appears in the March 2014 ATRA Newsletter. By Herb Kieklak This article is for all of us flatlanders who live at sea level or “nearabouts,” but aspire to run “at altitude.” If you live in Colorado or other big mountain places, this will only make you laugh, as y’all just have to… Read more »

Trail Runner Recipe: by Michael James

The following recipe originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ATRA Trail Times email newsletter: Ingredients: 3 c. organicgirl Super Greens ¼ c. finely shredded coconut ½ tsp. cinnamon ¼ c. soaked quinoa ½ c. roasted and salted sunflower seeds ½ c. dated (pitted) ¼ c. lemon zest Mix all ingredients until finely chopped. Take 1… Read more »

Flagstaff Endurance Runs

The following article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ATRA Trail Times email newsletter: by Herb Kieklak The Endurance Runs in Flagstaff, AZ, are spectacular – true treasures in the world of trail running. Held in mid-September, the events — 50 kilometer and 50 miles — combine high altitude, gorgeous scenery, and very… Read more »

Runner Up: Going Alternative at Mt. Greylock

The following article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ATRA Trail Times email newsletter: by Laura Clark As the oldest continuously active uphill mountain road race in the United States, Mount Washington has attained superstar status, ranking it right up there with the Boston Marathon and Western States.  But, there is a downside to… Read more »

Rest and Restoration for Better Performance

The following article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ATRA Trail Times email newsletter: By Stephen R. Santangelo There are many training modalities based on sports science which are available for endurance athletes. Your age and level of fitness determines where on the scale from novice to elite you fall. Too often, running… Read more »

Inaugural US Skyrunning Series Announced

From Ian Sharman – Director, US Skyrunning Series: Inaugural US Skyrunning Series 2014 Less Cloud. More Sky. San Francisco, CA (December 10th, 2013) – Fourteen quality races, three disciplines, the same winning formula. The inaugural 2014 US Skyrunning Series is the natural expansion of the international Skyrunning events that have captured the imagination of runners… Read more »

New Pikes Peak High-Altitude Mile set for August 13th

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. – With a rust-colored cap of granite boulders, a hard-blue sky overhead, and precious little air to breathe, the summit of Pikes Peak is like an alien environment. Tim Bergsten & Nancy Hobbs (photo by Tim Bergsten) An elite field of runners will make this discovery at the inaugural Pikes Peak High-Altitude… Read more »

Industry experts come together for inaugural trail running conference

The panel discussions for the inaugural trail running conference, the Estes Trail Ascent, wrapped up Friday, June 21, in Estes Park, Colorado. The three-day conference, which started on Thursday, June 20, culminated in a 5.9-mile trail race on Saturday, June 22, featured speakers from footwear and hydration company manufacturers, as well as elite-level competitors, race… Read more »

Seven Sisters Trail Race Rocks to a New Beat

Story By Laura Clark With early morning temperatures stuck at a 32 degrees tights-only slot a bare week before 7 Sisters Trail Race, it is no wonder that the instant appearance of spring delivered an unprecedented hoard of last minute runners. Not to mention the record number of fully committed pre-registrants. When Jeff, Jen Ferriss… Read more »

Max King’s Running Tip of the Month

The following article was written by Max King and originally printed in The Footzone Bend’s May e-mail newsletter.  Reprinted with permission from The Footzone Bend and Max King. Max King winning the 2012 USA 50k Trail Championships Whew, it’s getting warm out there! It’s nice to know that summer is right around the corner, which… Read more »

ATRA Notes – May 2013

ATRA Notes is a monthly email newsletter for race directors, trail runners and members. You can find ATRA Notes reprinted on this blog every month!  If you are not already an ATRA member, simply visit this link to join today. ATRA socks are still available: If you are interested in having your own pair of… Read more »

Trail running on lava rocks in Hawaii

Traveling to Hawaii for a trail running vacation can provide a diversion from the standard single track fare. Of course there is an abundance of this variety of trail, but likewise, there is the uniqueness of running on volcanoes – some dormant, some active – and realizing a new type of off-road running. On the… Read more »

World Masters Mountain Running Championships set for Czech Republic

Janské Lázné, Czech Republic, will host the 13th WMRA/WMA Masters World Mountain Running Championships on August 31. The event is organized annually by a host club who submits a bid which must be supported by the respective IAAF-member nation and is sanctioned jointly by the World Masters Athletics (WMA), and the World Mountain Running Association… Read more »

ATRA Notes – April 2013

ATRA Notes is a monthly email newsletter for race directors, trail runners and members. You can now find ATRA Notes reprinted on this blog! If you are not already an ATRA member, simply visit this link to join today.   New! ATRA Socks: If you are interested in having your own pair of ATRA socks…send… Read more »