Posts Categorized: Trail Running

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 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 »

Guest Editorial: Why We Don’t Need Virtual Trail Running Events….Right Now

This guest editorial was written by Pacific Coast Trail Runs Race Director Greg Lanctot. The views expressed are Lanctot’s and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the American Trail Running Association. Lanctot resides in California and is President Emeritus of Quicksilver Running Club, a retired NASM-PES-CES-CPT Trainer, retired Youth & Special Needs Fitness… Read more »

Harrison Walter’s Race Redemption

Written by Harrison Walter, whose article, “What Running Means to Me,” was published last year. Harrison runs on the varsity high school track and cross-country teams at Custer County High School in Westcliffe, Colorado and regularly competes in trail races. He turns 16 in April and was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when… Read more »

Social Distance Learning Videos with Nano on Trails

It may be April 1st, but this is no April Fools joke! Stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, our founder and executive director Nancy Hobbs is sharing her non-trail running knowledge in a series of short, entertaining, social distance (learning) videos. Covering subjects including homophones, fractions, geography and oenology, these bite sized videos… Read more »

A Trail Runner’s Tips for Working from Home

Due to the COVID-19, many of you may be working from home for the first time in your career. Having worked out of my home on and off for the past 30 years, I have a few tips to share. Movement Although you may be tempted to sit at your desk for hours on end… Read more »

COVID-19 Impacts Trail Races: Now What?

Trail races nationwide are being canceled, or postponed due to COVID-19, which in turn raises the level of angst for trail runners. Not only are you dealing with the negativity and adverse impact on your daily life from the constant barrage of media attention to the corona virus, something you love to do…run and compete…seems… Read more »

Pioneer Spirit Trail Race to host USATF 50 Mile Trail Championship

Press release written by USATF Championship liaison Meghan Laws. Photo above: Tim Tollefson winning Singletrack Running’s 2019 FOURmidable 50K. On Saturday March 14, the Pioneer Spirit Trail Race will host the 2020 USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships in El Dorado and Placer counties, California.  Starting in the small town of Cool, the course runs through… Read more »

CamelBak® Bolsters 2020 Running Team Roster with Three New Additions

Press release from CamelBak. Dave Mackey (pictured above right) is a member of the American Trail Running Association advisory board. CamelBak was the presenting sponsor of our Trail Ambassador program. PETALUMA, California – CamelBak®, the global leader in award-winning personal hydration products, today announces the expansion of its running team athlete roster for 2020. Focused… Read more »

Spartan Partners with Global Trail Running Events to Create Spartan Trail World Championship

Press release from American Trail Running Association member Spartan Trail. Headlines: Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas to Host Trail Running Events from 21k to 100k; $270,000 Prize Purse up for Grabs; Spartan Appoints Patagonia Run CEO Mariano Alvarez as Spartan Trail CEO. Spartan, the world’s largest endurance brand, has partnered with established trail running… Read more »

The Magic of Yes (Trail Race Director Edition)

Written by Jenny Baker for the Winter 2019 issue of our Trail Times newsletter. Jenny was also our Trail Ambassador last month and is race director for ATRA member race Georgia Jewel. “The smoke billowed against the clear night sky as the smell of tender beef roast slowly and magically crept into the finisher’s tent…. Read more »

Tailwind Nutrition Joins #RagnarNation as Official Sponsor for Ragnar Relay in 2020

Press release from American Trail Running Association members Tailwind Nutrition and Ragnar Relay. Colorado-based nutrition company encourages runners of all abilities to set new goals and embrace new challenges Durango, CO – Tailwind Nutrition is proud to announce its 2020 partnership with Ragnar Relay, the largest running relay series in the world. Together they hope… Read more »

Trail Running Product Review: Nathan VaporHowe Women’s Race Vest

Trail runner Susan Kendrick reviews the Nathan VaporHowe women’s race vest. Susan is the Director of Sponsorship for the American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation and was featured in our View from the Pack series of articles. Conscientious. That’s the super sexy word that kept going through my mind as I ran with the Nathan VaporHowe race… Read more »

Mountain Outpost goes Live at 2019 The Running Event

“This is the craziest sh*t to happen in running this week.” This is the line Jamil Coury (Jam Jam) begins each episode of his iconic Mountain Outpost News and he did so again as he presented a live edition of Mountain Outpost News at the 2019 The Running Event (TRE) in Austin, Texas. For the… Read more »

5 Ways to Be grateful for Trails and the Environment

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. You can show your gratitude this holiday season by giving back to the trails in your community. Listed below are five ways you can help preserve the trails on which you… Read more »

Opportunities for Youth in Mountain, Trail and Skyrunning

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. One of the highlights of my running career has been competing for Team USA in the junior race at the 2015 World Mountain Running Championships in Wales. It was my first… Read more »