Posts Categorized: Trail Running

The TransRockies Run Brings Adventure Back To Trail Racing

The Under Armour TransRockies Run is back in 2021 to deliver one of the best and most epic trail running adventures in North America. Now in its ninth year, this unique six-day trail running stage race was held last week in the rugged backcountry of the Colorado Rockies and offered runners incredible mountain views, well-organized… Read more »

Sweden’s Fjällmaraton Hosts Next Spartan Trail World Championship Race


Announcement from American Trail Running Association corporate member Spartan Trail. Photos: Johannes Poignant. The Swedish fjörds are ready to host the fifth stop of the Spartan Trail World Championship (STWC) at the Fjällmaraton. The race through some of Sweden’s historical trails marks the half point of the inaugural season of our World Championship, with its… Read more »

Pack Burro Racing: 48 Years Of Hoofing It Around Buena Vista

Pack Burro

This past Sunday, the 48th annual Buena Vista Pack Burro Race was held in the small mountain town of Buena Vista, Colorado (population 2,700). The race is a part of the annual “Gold Rush Days” summer celebration of the town’s art and history, which includes Buena Vista’s place as an epicenter for the niche sport… Read more »

Middaugh and Surage Win National High School Trail Championships

High School

This past Saturday, the 5th annual National High School Trail Championships (NHSTC) was held in the small mountain town Salida, Colorado. This youth trail running event attracted a new crop of talent and was a successful follow up to last year’s race which had a record number of participants. In addition to hosting more young… Read more »

Tips for a Trail Running Adventure in Iceland


I just returned from my second trail running trip to Iceland. This Nordic island nation was discovered by accident over 1100 years ago and is today sparsely populated with fewer than 400,000 inhabitants, most of whom reside in or around the capital city of Reykjavik making for lots of open spaces for sheep and horses… Read more »

44th Annual Badwater 135 Mile Ultramarathon Kicks Off July 19


Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) corporate member AdventureCORPS. Above photo by Ron Jones. On July 19-21, 2021, AdventureCORPS will present its legendary BADWATER® 135 Ultramarathon, the 135-Mile World Championship. Now in its 44th year – with the 2020 race canceled last-minute due to the pandemic – this world-renowned event pits up to 100… Read more »

Saucony Signs Trail Runner Katie Asmuth

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Announcement from American Trail Running Association corporate member Saucony. Saucony furthered its commitment to trail running with the signing of American ultrarunner Katie Asmuth, recent winner of the 2021 Bandera 100K. With the win, she will run in the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run starting tomorrow, June 26 in Olympic Valley, California. Saucony’s ambassador trail… Read more »

Spring 2021 Trail Runner Survey Results

Nancy Hobbs

Each spring, the American Trail Running Association conducts a survey to measure trail running trends from our national audience. This year we had over 1600 respondents. Complete survey results are made available to corporate members at the Switchback, Steep & Rocky and All-terrain levels. The following selected outtakes are from our most recent trail running… Read more »

Leave No Trace This Summer as You Run Trails


This announcement was originally published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and includes tips trail runners can use to minimize their impacts on the wilderness. June is Great Outdoors Month! As the weather warms up and more people head out to explore the outdoors, the U.S. Geological Survey has tips for minimizing impacts to the… Read more »

2021 Golden Trail World Series Kicks Off June 13 In Spain

Announcement from the Golden Trail World Series (GTWS) Supported by American Trail Running Association member Salomon. Above photo credit: Athlete Rachel Drake | GoldenTrailSeries | Azores Trail Race | Martina Valmassoi. The countdown to the first race of the 2021 Golden Trail World Series (GTWS) series has started and elite trail runners are ready to… Read more »

From the ATRA Archive: 8 Excuses Not to Trail Run & Why You Can!

Danelle Ballengee

Written over 25 years ago by Danelle Ballengee, a former ATRA board member and race director of the Moab Trail Marathon , an ATRA member event and host of the USATF Trail Marathon Championships. Those chirping birds you hear in the morning aren’t your neighbors’ car alarms. Nope. Instead they’re a reminder that spring is… Read more »

The Pack Burro ASS-ociation Back In Full Swing

Pack Burro

Almost exactly one year ago I interviewed Brad Wann of the Western Pack Burro ASS-ociation (WPBA) to learn how the pack burro community was adapting to the pandemic, pivoting to virtual races and finding creative ways to keep the sport alive. Now, I’m catching up with Wann to see how this historic Colorado heritage sport… Read more »

Wildmarathon Series: An International Trail Running Experience

Wildmarathon Series

Our founder Nancy Hobbs recently caught up with Spaniard Apolo Esperanza who founded Wildmarathon Series, an international trail running circuit with events in Nepal, Mexico, Morocco, Finland and Tanzania. Esperanza is a geographer with a masters in environmental and territory management, specialized in sports geo-tourism. He lectures and writes articles on various media related to… Read more »

California’s Run Catalina Island Events Are Back!

Announcement from long-time American Trail Running Association member Spectrum Sports, organizers of the Catalina Island Marathon. We are excited to announce the return of Run Catalina this fall. We have been working very closely with the state of California and the state health officials and we’re very excited to see the new Guidelines for Community… Read more »

Colorado’s Poudre Wilderness Volunteers Raise $37,000 for Forest Trail Restoration

Announcement from Poudre Wilderness Volunteers – caring for Northern Colorado Wilderness. The Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV), a wilderness trail stewardship organization, concluded a GoFundMe campaign, “Reopen Your Favorite Trails.” The Cameron Peak fire, Colorado’s largest wildfire, destroyed and burned over 208,000 acres of the Roosevelt National Forest. There are 122 miles of trails within the… Read more »

Gear Review – Nathan RunLite Travel Pack

Nathan RunLite

Nathan RunLite Travel Pack reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Pack provided free of charge by Nathan. “Tiny but mighty” is how Nathan describes the latest addition to their hydration pack lineup. Versatile, adaptable… Read more »

New Boutique Hotel Kinship Landing Hosts Get Outside Event

Kinship Landing

Kinship Landing, a new boutique hotel in downtown Colorado Springs, hosted a community event on Thursday evening, May 6, to bring outdoor lovers together with a goal to “get outside” and to “be a responsible steward.” The American Trail Running Association was one of the organizations represented along with Bevara, Kids on Bikes, Medicine Wheel… Read more »