Posts Categorized: Trail Running

Elite Runners Gear-up For Chaski Challenge “Festival of Records” World Record Attempts

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you liked this article, read even more of Tayte’s articles on our website. The Chaski Challenge virtual & treadmill races are set for this upcoming weekend, June 5-6, and… Read more »

American Trail Running Association Statement

Black Square BLM

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) stands united with all people, including our members and community, who are affected by hateful, racist and violent acts in our country. We denounce the violence against Black men and women and we oppose all forms of bigotry, racism and violence. ATRA has been committed to adding diversity in… Read more »

Trail runners headline Chaski Challenge Virtual Race for COVID-19 Relief

Announcement from the Chaski Endurance Collective. Team Chaski coaches Ashley Brasovan and Dani Moreno are national trail running champions and past members of the US Mountain & Trail Running Team. Challenge participants Max King, Mario Mendoza, Michael Wardian and Renee Metivier are past members of the US Mountain & Trail Running Team. ‘Chaski Challenge’ Offers… Read more »

A Super Big Thank You to (AWESOME) ATRA and Tejas Trails!

A (free!) race report written by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member David Reed. Texas based Tejas Trails is an ATRA corporate member. ATRA should be renamed to A-ATRA or Awesome – American Trail Running Association. Why? Because they are simply AWESOME. They give away free race entries to their members!! How AWESOME is that?… Read more »

But Doctor, Can I Still Run Trails? A Story of Three Injuries

Written by ATRA executive director Nancy Hobbs. Nancy founded the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) in 1996 and is chairperson of USA Track & Field’s (USATF) Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council. She is also treasurer of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Sidelined by injuries — or not — rest and recovery is important…. Read more »

Utah’s Bryce Canyon Ultras Are “Game On” For This Weekend

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you liked this article, read even more of Tayte’s articles on our website. Photo above by Lucid Images. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most trail races scheduled for this… Read more »

Origin Stories of Top American Trail Runners – Part 2

Redemption, Wrong Turns, Silver Linings and Cigarettes: How a Few of the Nation’s Top Mountain/Ultra/Trail Runners Found Their Way to the Trails. Written by Shannon Payne. Shannon is a Colorado native trail runner currently residing in Auburn, California. She was a 2-time qualifier for the US Mountain Running Team, 2-time winner of the Mt. Washington… Read more »

Origin Stories of Top American Trail Runners – Part 1

Redemption, Wrong Turns, Silver Linings and Cigarettes: How a Few of the Nation’s Top Mountain/Ultra/Trail Runners Found Their Way to the Trails. Written by Shannon Payne. Shannon is a Colorado native currently residing in Auburn, California. She was a 2-time qualifier for the US Mountain Running Team, 2-time winner of the Mt. Washington Road Race,… Read more »

Spring 2020 Trail Runner Survey Results

Each spring, the American Trail Running Association conducts a survey to measure trail running trends from our national audience. This year we had over 2700 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 »

Trail Runner Product Review: Mudroom Backpack’s Quartable

Mudroom Backpacks Quartable 18L reviewed by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) advisory board member and Wisconsin trail runner Susan Kendrick. Susan is the Director of Sponsorship for the American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation and was featured in our View from the Pack series of articles. This product was provided at no charge by Mudroom Backpacks for… Read more »

Runners for Public Lands Publishes Its Environmental Commitments

Launched on Earth Day, 2019, Runners for Public Lands (RPL) is a laboratory for experiments in runner environmental activism. RPL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and to doing conservation work and environmental advocacy based on training in these areas. Consistent with our 2020 theme of “Climate Action”… Read more »

Get Dirty; Run Clean – Our Handmade ATRA Soap is Back!

Handcrafted by Soap Master Creighton in Douglas County, Colorado, this is our third edition of the ATRA Run Clean soap. The base oils are all 100% natural with an “energy” blend of essential oils. To order this artisanal soap send a check to: American Trail Running Association, PO Box 9454, Colorado Springs, CO 80932. $11… Read more »

MUT WiLD Drops New “Social Distancing” T-Shirts to Benefit ATRA

Elite trail runner and 2017 World Mountain Running Championship women’s team gold medalist Allie McLaughlin’s (pictured below) MUT WiLD brand has just released a series of social distancing T-shirts to benefit the American Trail Running Association. These original “My Kind Of Social Distancing” designs are printed on Tultex brand 100% ring spun cotton fine knit… Read more »

Climate Neutral Proudly Certifies More Than 70 Companies

Press release from Climate Neutral, a non-profit organization creating the new trusted consumer standard for corporate climate action. Climate Action is ATRA’s 2020 theme. Trail running footwear manufacturer Icebug is one of Climate Neutral’s committed brands. For Earth Day, dozens of brands unite under a new standard for climate action. Climate Neutral, an independent non-profit… Read more »

RunRepeat Study Shows Exercise is Up 88% During COVID-19 Pandemic

Survey by Paul Ronto at RunRepeat and republished here with permission. The original survey results was published on RunRepeat.com April 2, 2020. The world is in crisis because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Between government lockdowns, layoffs, furloughs, work from home mandates, school closures, and sports facility shutdowns, we wanted to understand how this virus is… Read more »

Why Race Directors Need Event Liability Insurance for Virtual Trail Races

Nicholas Hill Group, Inc., provides event liability insurance for American Trail Running Association (ATRA) event members through our Trail Running Insurance Program (T.R.I.P.). The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of most trail races leading to a sharp increase in virtual trail races. Our executive director Nancy Hobbs (pictured below) recently had a conversation… Read more »

Climate Action: Our Theme for 2020

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA), is proud to announce “Climate Action” as our theme for 2020. This important topic follows our recent annual themes including last year’s Trail Running Responsibly, 2018’s Trail Stewardship: Leaving a Lasting Legacy, and the 2017 theme, Community: Building Trail Running Connections. At ATRA, our mission is to represent and… Read more »