Posts Categorized: Trail Running

Gray and Roche crowned USATF Half Marathon Trail Champions

On a crisp fall morning in Seeley, Wisconsin, more than 250 runners headed out at the Birkie Trail Runs, site of the USA Track & Field (USATF) Trail Running Championships. In order to combat the near-freezing temperatures, race leaders set a blistering pace in the early miles. “Joe (Gray), and I took it out hard,”… Read more »

6th US Trail Running Conference a success in California

Written by Conference Director Terry Chiplin. The US Trail Running Conference was held in San Luis Obispo, California, August 29-31, the first time in the six-year history of the event it took place outside Estes Park, CO. More than 150 race directors, industry experts, trail runners, sponsors and exhibitors spent 2.5 days dedicated to celebrating and… Read more »

Leading WADA Code Compliant Anti-Doping Testing Companies Combine

Press release from Drug Free Sport (Kansas City, USA) and International Doping Tests & Management (IDTM – Stockholm, Sweden). The American Trail Running Association supports to expansion of anti-doping programs for mountain, ultra and trail running. Drug Free Sport has previously conducted anti-doping tests at ATRA member Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run.  September 25,… Read more »

Tuesday Trail Tip – How to train for trail running

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. This week’s trail running tip is inspired by a question from one of my former cross country teammates at the University of Portland. He asked me to elaborate on how to train specifically for trail… Read more »

Tuesday Trail Tip – Final Race Preparations – 3, 2, 1, Go!

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. In the final minutes before a race, I watch runners impatiently sprinting from overcrowded porta-potties to line up at the start, which is always bustling with the commotion of over-anxious athletes. I notice myself thinking,… Read more »

Tuesday Trail Tip – Going Cupless At Trail Races

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. Race SLO, Salomon and EX2 Adventures mentioned below are members of the American Trail Running Association. Most trail races provide disposable paper or plastic cups at aid stations, but do we really need them? These… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Frank Dumont

Please welcome the twentieth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the eighth in 2018. Frank Dumont is a trail runner, volunteer, and an Internal Medicine physician with interests in wellness and athletics, and high altitude. Wrote nominator Terry Chiplin, “Dr. Frank Dumont has become a passionate ambassador for trail running… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Salida, Colorado

Welcome to another colorful installment of our “Trail Town” series. Every month—and sometimes more often in this case—we will feature an article about a trail running city that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature a location that is out of this world, the city of Salida… Read more »

ATRA’s View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Collin Yarborough

In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners like Collin Yarborough who have dedicated themselves as everyday athletes to grow trail running in their community. “View from the Pack” is supported by ATRA corporate member RaidLight. Nominator Emily Zbehlik writes, “As an athlete, student,… Read more »

My Life in a Boot: Are You In Denial About An Injury?

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. My 2018 running season has taught me some important lessons on how to deal with a serious running-related injury. Since last November, I was feeling mild to moderate pain in my left achilles that caused… Read more »

Vermonters Enman and Sinclair win rain-soaked Ragged 50K

Kasie Enman (Huntington, VT) and David Sinclair (Peru, VT) kept their powder dry* early in the race and lit up the trails over Ragged Mountain to bring twin victories home to Vermont at the USATF 50 km Trail Championships. Fresh off a win at the Speedgoat 50K, Sinclair moved into the lead at mile 16… Read more »

Interesting Trail Running Finds at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Overwhelming. This is the best word to describe my experience at the recent Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, Colorado. The event takes place in a large convention center in downtown Denver and brings together exhibitors representing a broad variety of outdoor markets including trail running, camping gear, climbing, hiking, and water sports. I spent… Read more »

2nd annual National High School Trail Championships a success

This past weekend in Salida, Colorado, the 2nd Annual National High School Trail Running Championships (NHSTC) saw some fierce competition amongst some of the top young female and male high schoolers in the state. The 5+ mile course took runners up some of the tight switchbacks, lung-busting climbs and fast, single-track descents on the Salida… Read more »

ATRA member XTERRA Trail Run Castle Rock race is this Sunday

American Trail Running Association corporate member, XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, will host the third annual XTERRA Trail Run Castle Rock at Colorado’s beautiful Phillip S. Miller Park located in Castle Rock, CO just 30 minutes north of Colorado Springs and 30 minutes south of Denver, on Sunday August 5th, 2018. The race distances include… Read more »

My Journey to the Speedgoat 50k – Only Goats Allowed

Editors Note: Tayte finished 7th at last weekend’s Speedgoat 50K and is already thinking about next years race. “This cannot be your first 50k.” These are the words of legendary ultrarunner and Speedgoat 50K race director, Karl Meltzer. He said this to me in early 2016 when I wanted to run my first Speedgoat. I… Read more »