Posts Categorized: Trail Running

Athletic Brewing Chaski Virtual Marathon and Relay Goes Global

Are you ready for part two of the Chaski Challenge? This past June, elite runners from around the world brought down eight treadmill world records in the virtual live broadcast Chaski Challenge “Festival of Records.” The event also featured a free mass-participation virtual race. This week ending September 13th, the Chaski Endurance Collective is launching… Read more »

Our 25th Anniversary Challenge is off and (Trail) Running!

Denise Flory Challenge

Week one is in the books! Kicking off on September 1, our 25th Anniversary Challenge got underway with participants sharing photos from their runs wearing mismatching socks and race T-shirts at least five years old. These hearty trail runners posted on our 25th Anniversary Challenge Facebook page. Here are some highlights: Denise Flory was getting… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Race Report: The Dippikill Froggy Five

Froggy Five

Trail race report written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. The 2020 Dippikill Froggy Five trail race took place on private property in North Creek, New York with modifications for COVID-19. Photos courtesy of the… Read more »

Regional Captains Named for Our 25th Anniversary Challenge


Five experienced trail runners have been named regional “team captains” for our 25th Anniversary Challenge which opened registration on the 25th day of August and kicks off on September 1. Founded in 1996, the American Trail Running Association will be 25 years young in 2021. This three-tiered virtual event kicks off with the first challenge… Read more »

Trail Runner Product Review: BioLite HeadLamp 200

BioLite HeadLamp 200

Colorado Springs, Colorado-based trail runner Dan Vega reviewed the BioLite HeadLamp 200 headlamp for the American Trail Running Association.  What I love most about the BioLite HeadLamp 200, is that it hugs your head with no movement even when running at fast speeds flying down the mountains at night here in Colorado. The internal battery… Read more »

Our 25th Year Celebrations Kick-off With A Virtual Challenge


Coming up in 2021, the non-profit American Trail Running Association (ATRA) will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Founded in Colorado by Nancy Hobbs in 1996 with “Trail Times“, a newsletter and calendar for the emerging sport of trail running, it seems like just yesterday that we got our start in what is now a popular global… Read more »

Race to Benefit Native American Youth Runners Goes Virtual

Native American Runners

Announcement from Kerri Cottle Mwangaza Community Outreach and Education Coordinator and Abraham Kosgei Mwangaza Race Director for the Buffalo Thunder Half and Marathon Relay. Kerri is an avid trail runner and attended the U.S. National Snowshoe Championships this past winter in Leadville, Colorado. Mwangaza Athletics Club is so grateful and humbled for all of the… Read more »

Spartan Trail World Championship Kicks off at Sweden’s Fjällmaraton


The Trail Ultra (100 km) and Trail Run (43 km) categories of Spartan Trail World Championship have their first leaders and lightens the competition for the upcoming challenges. At Fjällmaraton, it was a perfect day for running in Scandinavian Peninsula with proper health and safety measures, and a star-studded elite field. The first stop of… Read more »

Trail Runner Product Review: Swiftwick Pursuit Ultralights


Swiftwick Pursuit Ultralights sock review 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. Socks provided free of charge by ATRA corporate member Swiftwick. The… Read more »

Catching up with Coach Andrew Simmons and Health Care Worker Dani Mead

Coach Andrew Simmons

Last Month, Lifelong Endurance and the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) staged a trail runner essay contest where the winner was awarded a free 90-day coaching package. Medical intensive care unit nurse Dani Mead (pictured below) from Aurora, Colorado, was the recipient of the package. In this article, Lifelong Endurance Coach Andrew Simmons catches up… Read more »

Kenosha Running Company Helps Canicross Grow Nationwide


Last month, I attended my first-ever canicross training event in Colorado Springs, Colorado to learn about this emerging sport of trail running with dogs. The experience left me wanting to learn more about the sport and what canicross racing and training opportunities exist across the United States. To get answers to my questions, I interviewed… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Race Report: Dodge the Deer 5K

Dodge the Deer

Trail race report written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark (pictured below). Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. The 2020 Dodge the Deer trail race took place on private property with modifications for COVID-19. Photos courtesy of the Albany Running Exchange…. Read more »

How to Trail Race During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Trail Racing

Written by American Trail Running Association founder and executive director Nancy Hobbs.  Although many trail races are still in the virtual mode, some states and counties are loosening coronavirus restrictions and a handful of in-person events are being staged. These live events look and feel a bit different from those held prior to the pandemic,… Read more »

Golden Trail Series Announces Changes to Championship Qualification

Golden Trail Series

Announcement from long-time American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member Salomon Running. Photos courtesy of the Golden Trail Series. As the current worldwide health situation continues to evolve in response to the coronavirus pandemic, trail running races are slowly re-starting in many countries. This gives the Golden Trail Series (GTS) a glimmer of hope that the… Read more »

PodiumRunner and Women’s Running Launch Trail Running Collection

Trail Running Collection

The digital exclusive Trail Running Collection features the latest in off-road running, gear, and advice. PodiumRunner and Women’s Running announce a new Trail Running Collection of online features, how-to, and in-depth gear reviews on their new websites. The content, available across both Women’s Running and PodiumRunner, collects the latest trail running content into one easy-to-access digital… Read more »

Chaski Launches Virtual Camp for Trail Runners

Virtual Camp Chaski

Camp Chaski is an online, virtual, week-long running camp starting July 6th built for the current COVID-19 inducted limitations of 2020 by runners, for mountain/ultra/trail runners of all levels. Over the course of this week, runners will learn from some of the most accomplished runners in the sport, partake in structured runs as well as… Read more »